Have you experienced discrimination at work?
Is your employer cheating you out of overtime?
Are you tied up in an unfair non-compete agreement?
Employment law encompasses a broad spectrum of state and federal statutes, regulatory edicts and judicial decisions that govern the employer-employee relationship. If you’re engaged in a dispute at work, call the employment law lawyers of Burg Simpson Ohio. With so many laws and regulations, Ohio employment law can be extremely intricate. Call 513-852-5600 today or fill out a Free Case Evaluation form to speak with an Ohio employment attorney as soon as possible.
WHAT IS EMPLOYMENT LAW?
Almost all workers are considered employees-at-will, which means your employer reserves the right to terminate your employment at any time – as long as doing so doesn’t discriminate against you based on certain protected categories, such as your age, religion, natural origin, sexual orientation, pregnancy status, disabilities, etc. Further exceptions to the right to terminate an at-will-employee, such as retaliating against an employee, depend on the circumstances involved.
However, if you signed an employment contract when you were hired, the conditions of your employment are generally guided by the terms of that contract. If you feel you’ve been discriminated against in the workplace or your employment contract has been violated, it’s imperative you contact an Ohio employment law attorney at Burg Simpson in Cincinnati to protect your rights. Contact us today at 513-852-5600 as soon as possible.
WHAT IS DISCRIMINATION?
Discrimination is a general term that can cover a lot of different behaviors. It can mean discrimination directed at a person because they belong to a particular group. This is called disparate treatment. Discrimination also can occur as a result of a neutral practice that results in a discriminatory effect. This is called disparate impact. Both of these forms of discrimination violate federal and Ohio state law.
Additionally, an employer can be liable for discrimination where a mixed motive is involved, such as where the employer has both legitimate and illegitimate reasons for its behavior. Federal and state laws prohibit discrimination based on race, national origin and citizenship, sex, age, disability, religion, and military status. Additionally, Ohio protects State employees based on sexual orientation. Discrimination can occur in either the application, promotion, discipline, or termination processes.
The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is a federal agency that bears the responsibility of enforcing most of the country’s anti-discrimination laws. Someone who wants to sue an employer for what they interpret as discriminatory behavior first must file a complaint with either the EEOC or the Ohio Civil Rights Commission. The timing varies, with the shortest time period being 90 days and the longest being 300 days. Someone who fails to file a timely complaint could completely lose their right to sue. Typically, the investigating agency has a minimum of 180 days to investigate the discrimination claim. Once the 180 days has expired, the employee may obtain a right to sue letter and then file a lawsuit against the employer.
It’s a complicated process, one you shouldn’t try to navigate alone. Get help from Burg Simpson, one of the top employment law firms in Ohio. Call us right now at 513-852-5600 or complete our Free Case Evaluation form before time runs out.
WAGE & HOUR DISPUTES
The Fair Labor Standards Act, the primary source of federal wage and hour law, governs employment practices in the areas of minimum wage and overtime pay. State laws provide guidance on minimum wage and overtime pay as well. While employers aren’t legally compelled to provide meal or rest breaks, if the employer chooses to provide them, certain conditions must be met for this time to be excluded from compensable hours worked. Under certain conditions, an employee otherwise covered by wage and hour laws may be exempt from laws governing minimum wage and overtime pay.
If you think your employer isn’t paying you fairly, don’t put up with it any longer. Speak to an employment contract lawyer at Burg Simpson Ohio immediately by calling 513-852-5600 or submitting a Free Case Evaluation form.
FOR HELP FROM AN EXPERIENCED EMPLOYMENT ATTORNEY
Employment cases can be difficult and very personal. The wrongful termination lawyers at Burg Simpson in Ohio have experience handling a variety of employment cases, including wrongful termination, sexual harassment, hostile work environment, age discrimination, failure to fully compensate employees, ERISA, and negotiation of severance agreements. If you have a question about your employment and whether you’re being treated fairly, contact the employment discrimination lawyers in our Ohio office. Reach out by calling 513-852-5600 or complete a Free Case Evaluation Form so we can go over your case with you.