When you go to work, you expect to be paid on time, in full, and at the agreed-upon wage. You expect to be treated fairly and in compliance with the law, without harassment, discrimination or retaliation. What happens, though, when those reasonable expectations are not met? When is it time to hire a Florida employment litigation lawyer? If your legal rights have been violated, the right time to talk to an employment attorney at éclat Law in Altamonte Springs is right now.
WHY YOU NEED AN ALTAMONTE SPRINGS EMPLOYMENT LITIGATION ATTORNEY
Whether you work for a larger corporation or a small business, as an employee, you have rights. We know that when people come to us for help, they often feel the odds are stacked against them. Through our knowledge, skill and experience in employment law, we level that playing field. Our track record speaks for itself: we have helped people throughout Florida get the justice they deserve. No question or concern is too small to get a quick and clear response. Moreover, our cost-effective, strategic approach is designed to help you feel comfortable with the legal options we propose and the course you choose to follow.
COMMITTED TO HELPING CLIENTS ACROSS A WIDE RANGE OF EMPLOYMENT LITIGATION CASES
Employment litigation refers to an action taken by an employee against an employer for employment-related issues. At éclat Law, we aggressively pursue employers on your behalf in cases including:
- Wage, hour, and overtime pay violations: Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), employers engaged in interstate commerce or those whose annual sales are $500,000 or more—with specific exceptions—are required to pay non-exempt workers overtime at the rate of one-and-one-half times their hourly rate after 40 hours. Overtime issues are among the most frequent reasons for suing an employer, as well as categorizing a non-exempt worker as an independent contractor or exempt employee. Other issues include withholding pay and paying less than the minimum wage.
- Salaried employee violations: Simply calling an employee a manager does not automatically make him or her an exempt employee. Our employment litigation lawyers won’t let your employer get away with not paying you fairly and by rules of the law.
- Shift work violations: We can help with issues regarding shift pay differentials, being forced to work undesirable shifts or shift pre- and post-work payment matters.
- Discrimination: Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, it is a violation of federal law to discriminate against workers on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or gender identity as well as past, present or future military status, service or obligation. This applies to businesses with 15 or more employees.
- Wrongful termination: Florida is an “at-will” employment state, meaning that aside from those rights afforded under Title VII, your employer can fire, demote or discipline you for virtually any reason. However, there are exceptions. For instance, you cannot be fired simply for:
- Filing a worker’s compensation claim
- Taking leave for illness, disability, bereavement or the serious medical condition of a family member
- Testifying against your employer in court if subpoenaed
- Being over the age of 40
- Termination for no cause if you have a contract stating you can only be terminated for cause
- Sexual harassment:
- Unwelcome, unwanted behavior that continues after the victim has told the harasser to stop
- Severe or pervasive conduct isn’t just physical, it can include verbal, non-verbal or visual conduct, including sexual jokes
- Sexual harassment creates a hostile work environment that affects work performance
- Retaliation: When an employer retaliates against an employee for engaging in a protected activity, such as reporting, objecting or refusing to participate in an illegal act by their employer, the employer is in violation of both Florida and federal laws.
- Severance agreements: These can be complex and contain items that you might want to think twice about. It’s in your best interest to have an experienced Florida employment attorney review the document before you sign.
- Employment contracts: Make sure you understand all the fine print. We can review your contract and also help if your employer breaches the contractual agreement.
- Failure to provide leave of absence: Your employer is legally obligated to grant certain legitimate leave of absence requests, including those under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
IF YOU HAVE BEEN THE VICTIM OF ON-THE-JOB HARASSMENT, DISCRIMINATION, OR OTHER EMPLOYMENT VIOLATIONS, TALK TO US
We know what it is to work hard, because that’s what we do for you. Our goal is to get you justice and compensation—and to help you continue to support yourself and your family with dignity. To learn more about how we can help you, please call us at 407-636-7004 or contact us online to set up a free and confidential consultation.