Labor and Employment Lawyers
Employees have rights that protect them against unfair labor practices and discrimination from employers.
If you suspect that an employer has violated your rights as a worker, contact the labor and employment lawyers at Janet, Janet & Suggs, LLC. As strong advocates of workers’ rights, our labor and employment lawyers are dedicated to preserving the integrity of the workplace and ensuring victims of discrimination and harassment receive justice. Victims of workplace disputes can contact our accomplished attorneys for qualified and efficient legal assistance. We offer all of our legal services for no charge unless you are awarded damages for your claim.
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Why Should I Choose Janet, Janet & Suggs, LLC?
At Janet, Janet & Suggs, LLC, our labor and employment lawyers protect those who have been subjected to unfair or illegal treatment and provide them with the means to fights back.
Several of our attorneys have been nationally recognized with top legal accolades, including The Best Lawyers in America®, high rankings among the top lawyers on Super Lawyers, and the Marindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ rating, the highest peer-review rating for legal excellence.
We are a nationally accredited law firm, supporting clients in Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
In addition to these locations, we practice law nationwide with court approval. You do not need to come into our office for a free consultation with our team.
We are well-versed in national employment law as well as many state-specific laws. We have the resources to bring cases against employers and large corporations with vast resources and strong legal teams on their side. We can help level the playing field and ensure you have the level of representation you deserve.
The labor and employment lawyers at Janet, Janet & Suggs, LLC are dedicated to resolving workplace disputes and handling civil litigation cases involving unfair labor practices and discrimination against employees.
What are my Rights as an Employee?
Employees are granted basic rights from the federal government that protect their security and ensure they are provided with a safe workplace. Some of these rights include:
Nonexempt workers are guaranteed to be paid a federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. Each state is allowed to determine its own minimum wage employers are required to pay workers, as long as it surpasses the federal requirements detailed in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
Employees have a right to work in an environment that provides reliable protection from dangerous hazards. The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 contributed toward minimizing and eliminating certain threats to workers throughout the U.S.
The legislation provided specific regulations employers must follow in hazard-prone industries, such as construction, maritime and agricultural professions. Employers are also required to follow a “General Duty Clause” that prohibits any action that would place an employee in immediate threat of danger.
Protection from Harassment or Discrimination
Employees are guaranteed the right to protection from acts of discrimination or harassment, and employers must take the proper steps to ensure that the discriminatory conduct is discontinued.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act made it illegal for a business to discriminate or harass any employee based on race, religion, gender or nationality.
If an employer is made aware that discrimination or harassment is occurring within his or her workplace, but fails or neglects to resolve the issue and return to an environment free from intimidation, he or she can be held liable.
An employee who reports illegal conduct or acts of fraud committed by the company he or she works for is protected by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) whistleblower protection program from acts of retaliation, including:
- Immediate firing
- Denial of overtime or promotion
- Denial of benefits
- Reducing pay or hours
The rights extended to U.S. workers help ensure that workplace safety and fair labor practices are able to thrive. The labor and employment lawyers at Janet, Janet & Suggs, LLC can provide valuable legal guidance and assistance to workers who believe their rights have been violated.
How Can I Tell if My Rights Have Been Violated?
Labor and employment violations come in many forms, including:
To be considered illegal harassment, inappropriate conduct must create a work environment that is intimidating, hostile or offensive to a reasonable person. It must be a continuous offensive action that poses a serious compromise to the integrity of the workplace. Offensive material can include, but is not limited to:
- Offensive jokes
- Physical assaults or threats
- Ridicule or mockery
- Offensive objects or pictures
- Interference with work performance
Harassment can occur in several circumstances, such as the following:
- An employee can be a victim of harassment by his or her supervisor, a supervisor in another area, the employer, a co-worker or a non-employee.
- The individual filing a claim for workplace harassment does not have to be the harassed victim, but can instead be a third-party affected by the harasser’s conduct.
- Harassment can occur without the victim losing his or her job or being affected financially.
If the harassment occurs between a supervisor and an employee, the employer is liable for any negative actions that occur as a result. Any act of harassment that creates a hostile work environment and results in the victim suffering economic damages, like a decrease in wages or demotion, will hold the employer accountable for the supervisor’s actions.
Wage and Hour Violations
State and federal regulations dictate the terms in which an employee is fairly compensated for the number hours he or she works in a week.
The FLSA establishes several federal requirements employers are legally obligated to fulfill in order to fairly compensate their employees.
Regulation for the terms of an employee’s hour and wage protection extend to several areas, including:
- Minimum wage: Employees who work on an hourly basis are guaranteed a federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. A state is allowed to set its own minimum wage and employers must follow the requirements to pay each employee at least this amount.
- Overtime pay: The FLSA requires nonexempt employees be paid time and a half (150 percent of their standard hourly wages) for each hour that surpasses the allotted 40-hour work week.
- Unpaid wages: An employer must pay an outgoing employee the wages that he or she is owed. This can be a part of his or her regular salary, unused vacation and leave commissions, or bonuses.
- Emergency leave: Under the Family and Medical Leave Act, employers are required to provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave during any 12 month period for emergency or unforeseen events, such as the sudden death of a loved one, childbirth, or personal injury or illness.
You have a right as an employee to a workplace that enables equal rights and treatment. Discrimination is a serious offense and a violation of an employee’s rights. Acts of discrimination can be focused on a wide variety of subjects, including:
- Equal pay between male and female workers
- Nationality or ethnicity
Victims of workplace discrimination are protected under the regulations provided by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and can file a claim with the agency if they believe their rights have been violated.
Any act of retaliation against an employee who has filed a workplace discrimination claim is illegal, and employers can be held liable for a supervisor or co-worker who violates this standard.
If you have any further questions about a violation of employee rights, the labor and employment lawyers at Janet, Janet & Suggs, LLC will be able to provide you with a detailed legal analysis of your situation.
How can a Lawsuit Help Me?
Employers are obligated to uphold the expectation that they will instill practices and policies preventing harassment, discrimination and worker exploitation from occurring.
Acts of discrimination or harassment, threats made against an employee’s job security or being subjected to unsafe conditions creates an atmosphere of dread and fear that can have a detrimental impact on a victim.
It is crucial that any conduct that violates this standard be reported to your supervisor, superior, human resource director or any other designated official within the company who has the authority to enforce workplace policies.
If these steps have been taken, but no action or change has occurred, a lawsuit may be the best option to holding an employer or company accountable for disregarding the rights of its workers.
The labor and employment lawyers at Janet, Janet & Suggs, LLC can help you hold negligent employers accountable for any illegal conduct or retaliation that has been made towards employees.
We are advocates of fair workplace practices and take violations of workers’ rights serious.
Contact our Labor and Employment Lawyers
Janet, Janet & Sugg’s labor and employment lawyers will fight for your rights as a worker. We will work on your behalf to ensure that any illegal practices committed within your company or by your employer is brought to justice. If you have been the victim of unfair labor practices or discrimination, contact us today.