When something goes a little wrong while you’re on the clock, you can usually expect to resolve your issues with your boss. Your employer should be able to help you through any trouble you have within the scope of your job, or at least you hope so.
Unfortunately, you may be facing a legal issue instead, meaning your job could be in danger. In other cases, you might feel that you or a family member isn’t so safe at work. In some cases, this is due to illegal activities in the workplace.
Now, you need to know the basics of employment law, but what is most important for you to know? Today, we’re focusing on the broad issues that affect people like you because of their job.
What’s Covered Under Employment Law?
You might have a case you believe is an issue of employment. However, you may not be sure what laws should be considered for your case. You’re already struggling with a bad situation, so you may not be sure where to turn. You need to know where your employment lawyer can help.
For example, employment law covers any of the following case types:
- Hiring and firing
- Working condition standards
- Child labor
- Federal labor contracts
- Sexual harassment
- Workers compensation
Sounds like a lot, right? This is just a sample of the legal ground that employment law touches. We’ll get into some specifics below for a few examples, but keep in mind that your case could cover any of these areas and more. You can learn more about your specific case by talking over the details with your attorney.
At-Will Employment, Hiring, and Firing
In many cases involving employment law, you may be concerned about whether you were fired fairly. That’s especially true if you live in an at-will state. In these states, unless there is a specific contract on your employment agreement, your employer doesn’t need a cause to fire you. They’re able to fire at-will, instead of providing a reason.
However, there are certain restrictions. For example, if your employer fired you because you refused to engage in fraud or other illegal acts, you may be able to build a case against your employer for your wrongful firing.
Discrimination and Harassment Law
Often, these firing cases deal with discrimination possibly based on race, gender, disability, or religion, or various other classifications. If you were harassed or discriminated against in the hiring process or in the workspace, you may have grounds for a case.
For example, discrimation or harassment may be in play if you endured racist or sexist comments from a fellow employee or perhaps suffered penalties like a pay reduction or a lower position because of one of the above classifications.
If that sounds familiar to you, you may have grounds to take legal action against your employer. These populations and others are protected by law from this harassment; however, if you’re concerned about retaliation or building your case, it’s best to speak to a lawyer before you file a claim.
Employment Law Can Be Complex
If you’re an employee, you may be concerned about your rights being protected. Sometimes, employers simply aren’t respecting the rights of their employees, which leads to financial and emotional trouble for that worker. You can now be aware about your options for action in an employment law case.
Really, we’ve only touched on a few aspects of the laws you could be facing, and we’ll be digging deeper into the laws affecting your career and your future over time. We can share the notes and resources you’ll need to understand your case and fight back when your boss isn’t being fair.