It seems like everybody has one of those days at work when they just can’t take it anymore. How do you know if you should speak with an attorney? Are you just having a bad day at the office, or is it something worse? In many cases, you may know immediately that an illegal practice is going on. Perhaps, you’re being discriminated against or sexually harassed, but some types of employment law violations aren’t as obvious to employees who are regularly mistreated. Listed below are a few reasons to speak with an employment law attorney.
When to Call an Employment Law Attorney
- You need to blow the whistle on illegal practices at work.
- You’re being sexually harassed.
- Your rights under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) are being violated.
- You’re being discriminated against because of your race, gender, age or national origin.
- You have been wrongfully terminated.
- You have questions about a non-compete agreement.
- You haven’t been paid your final wages.
- You haven’t been paid your rightful overtime wages.
- You’re being asked to contribute to certain types of tip pools that include business owners and employees who don’t normally work for tips.
What about Retaliation?
You should never let a fear of retaliation keep you from filing a claim or pursuing a case. First of all, employers can’t legally retaliate against you for bringing forth allegations of sexual harassment, overtime violations, tip pooling claims or a variety of other employment law violations. That being said, in some real-life situations retaliation does happen. If you are retaliated against, you need to let your lawyer know immediately. This illegal practice can’t be tolerated. You may be able to recover lost wages and other damages associated with the retaliation.
Take the First Step
The only way you’re going to recover compensation for damages associated with unethical employment law violations is by stepping forward. If you’re not ready to file a claim or you don’t know where to start, contact an experienced employment law attorney first. This is a great way to get your questions answered and also get a little peace of mind about your particular situation. Because discrimination and other types of employment law violations can take many different forms, you should always get your concerns addressed with a professional.
Legal Disclaimer: The above guidelines are educational in nature and do not create an attorney/client relationship. It is highly recommended that all Florida citizens with employment law issues contact an experienced local Florida employment law attorney to assist them with specific facts and circumstances regarding their labor and employment law matter. If you have been the victim of illegal activities at your workplace, then feel free to contact Attorney Rothman at Weldon & Rothman, PL toll free at (877) 730-5180 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bradley P. Rothman is an experienced Florida employment law attorney who has been recognized by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star. He is a principal member of Weldon & Rothman, PL – a Southwest Florida law firm with offices in Naples, Fort Myers, and Sarasota.