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When an individual is hired by an employer, it is expected that the employee will from then on be treated with respect and fairness. This is because, after an employee accepts to work for a company, that employer takes responsibility for that person, making sure that at the workplace, they are safe, comfortable, and free of discrimination. There are even state and federal laws set in place to enforce this. Unfortunately, however, this isn’t always the case, and people are constantly faced with a hostile work environment, workplace harassment, discrimination, and worse at the hands of their employers. If you are experiencing any illegal activity or treatment at work, reach out to one of our Phoenix employment lawyers today at Yen, Pilch, Robaina & Kresin. With our extensive knowledge of employment law, we will work closely with you to ensure that you are treated fairly, receive top notch legal advice, and receive compensation for any emotional or physical damages you may have suffered.
Why Hire A Phoenix Employment Lawyer From Yen, Pilch, Robaina, & Kresin?
The lawyers of Yen Pilch Robaina & Kresin in Phoenix have helped clients throughout Arizona resolve their labor law issues since 1997. Our Phoenix employment lawyers represent employees in Phoenix and other parts of Arizona state in federal court, mediations, and arbitration. We are committed to achieving favorable results for our clients, and pride ourselves on our ability to do so.
You deserve an Arizona employment attorney who works as hard as you do. To discuss your employment law issues with an attorney, contact our firm by calling (602) 682-6450 or (888) 881-9890 for a consultation today.
What Are The Most Common Forms of Illegal Employer Misconduct?
Although any form of workplace harassment or workplace discrimination is condemnable, there are some situations that are more common than others. At times, some of these can even go unnoticed, although nothing should ever go overlooked. These include:
- Not meeting the state minimum wage requirements
- Ignoring the laws for overtime pay
- Misclassification of employees (exempt, non-exempt, and independent contractors)
- Violation of an employment contract
- Workplace discrimination
- Workplace retaliation
- Sexual harassment
- Wrongful termination
- Personal injury in the workplace
What Our Phoenix Employment Lawyers Can Help With
You work hard and play by the rules, and your employer should do the same. If not, they need to be held accountable to the full extent of the law. Our Phoenix employment attorneys represent employees in a variety of disputes involving:
Wage & Hour Disputes: Wage and hour disputes come about when an employer does not pay them the wages that they earned such as paying under minimum wage or ignoring overtime pay.
Wrongful Termination: Wrongful termination is an instance in which an employee is fired from a job illegally. This can be from discriminatory practices, not following the company’s guidelines for terminations, such as a severance agreement, or violating public policy for the termination of any employee.
Discrimination: Discrimination in the workplace is described as when an employee is treated less favorably by an employer on the basis of a person’s gender, race, national origin, age, sexual orientation, or anything that is protected by the labor laws of the United States.
Sexual Harassment: Sexual harassment at work can be classified as an instance that makes an employee uncomfortable due to its sexual nature, creating a hostile work environment. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, sexual harassment can include, “unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature.”
Retaliation: Workplace retaliation is typically experienced when an employee is punished or treated wrongly for doing something that displeases their employer, even though they are protected by employment laws. An example is an employer that retaliates against an employee that filed a sexual harassment claim against them.
Americans with Disabilities Act: According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the Americans with Disabilities Act “prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in several areas, including employment, transportation, public accommodations, communications and access to state and local government’ programs and services.”
Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA): The Family Medical Leave Act is a law that provides eligible employees with the opportunity to take unpaid leave with their job still being protected for family and medical reasons. Some examples of the FMLA in work are the birth of a child, caring for an ill family member, a serious health condition, among other reasons.
Breach of Contract Disputes: A breach of contract dispute is classified as anything that an employer enforces that goes against the employment contract signed between the employer and employee. This can be regarding the number of hours worked, unpaid wages, job responsibilities, payment, and more.
Violation of Disability Benefits & Pensions: Disability benefits and pensions are programs developed to either assist those with disabilities in need and pensions are a sum of money added to an employee’s pay after a certain number of years to be used in their retirement.
If you are an employee that is experiencing any of these issues at your place of work, reach out to one of our skilled Phoenix employment lawyers today. What you’re experiencing is criminal misconduct and you have a right to be compensated for any damages you may have suffered.
Our Phoenix Employment Attorneys Serve All Forms Of Employees
Our Phoenix employment law attorneys represent employees from all walks of life. We handle complex Arizona employment law cases for a variety of employees, including:
- At-will employees: Are workers that are employed “at will,” meaning that the employer or employee may terminate their employment at any time without cause or notice.
- Executives and Professionals Are the higher-up employees of a company that may even own or run the business.
- State, county, and municipal employees: Anyone that works for their city, county, or local government.
- Federal government employees: Those who are employed by the federal government of the United States.
What Is The EEOC?
The EEOC stands for the United States Equal Employment Commission, which is a federal agency that came about due to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which was established to enforce laws against discrimination in the workplace. Not only does the EEOC investigate discrimination claims, but has also mediated countless claims before they ever turn into full investigations that result in litigation.
What Is EEOC Mediation?
Mediation by the EEOC is an alternative form of investigation regarding discrimination in the workplace as opposed to a full investigation and trial. As described by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, it is “an informal process in which a trained mediator assists the parties to reach a negotiated resolution of a charge of discrimination. The mediator does not decide who is right or wrong and has no authority to impose a settlement on the parties. Instead, the mediator helps the parties to jointly explore and reconcile their differences.”
This is a much less stressful process than going to court, and a Phoenix employment lawyer is happy to help you during the meditation process to make sure that you receive proper compensation for what you are owed, and the offender understands that what they were doing is illegal.
Get In Touch With Our Phoenix Employment Lawyers Today
We know the ins and outs of employment law in Phoenix, and all over Arizona and can help you get results. Our Phoenix employment law firm is always prepared to tackle whatever issue a client has and to aid them in receiving the greatest compensation possible. To schedule an appointment with a hard-working employment law attorney, contact us or call (602) 682-6450 today for a consultation.