Daniel Williams & Associates, PLLC Law Firm
Our labor attorneys in Baton Rouge can hold employers liable for their unlawful action and you don’t have to worry about the implications of highlighting what you’ve been through. Both Louisiana and federal law afford protections if you decide to take legal action in employment-related cases. These laws make it unlawful for employers to retaliate against or terminate an employee who reports employer impropriety.
Handling disputes isn’t the only detail that our Baton Rouge employment lawyers handle. They can also help you negotiate or review contracts your employer may ask you to sign to ensure that they protect your interests.
What Can Workplace Attorneys in Baton Rouge, LA, Help With?
Our attorneys handle employee-initiated concerns involving:
- Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
- Equal pay, and wage and hours matters
- Reasonable accommodations and disability-related issues
- Sexual harassment
- Retaliation and wrongful termination
Our Daniel Williams & Associates PLLC attorneys also assist with negotiation, review, and dispute resolution involving:
- Non-compete agreements
- Employment contracts
- Severance agreements
Employment Law FAQs
What should I do if I suspect my employer is conducting illegal activity?
The best thing to do is to talk to an experienced employment attorney quickly. You should also document as much about what has happened as possible. Save emails and text messages, talk to witnesses and write out a diary of events. Your employer will likely dispute your account, and the evidence you have can help you prove what happened — and what still may be happening. In some cases, you can also file reports to your HR department, the EEOC, or even OSHA for safety-related issues such as retaliation for refusal to do dangerous work.
What you may discover is that you are not at all alone. If the illegal activity has impacted you and your career, there are likely other employees who have found themselves in the same position. Getting their statements and accounts can help to establish a pattern of behavior. This is important if your employer tries to claim that what happened was a one-time event or a misinterpretation.
Was I wrongfully terminated/fired?
Wrongful termination can happen for many reasons. If you have a contract, it happens whenever the terms of that contract are breached. For instance, it may state that you can only be fired for cause, when your employer fired you for no reason, citing at-will employment laws. Your contract offers you protections beyond those laws.
While at-will employment does technically mean that anyone can be fired (or can quit) at any time, remember that you still cannot be fired for illegal reasons that violate your rights. Refer to the protected classes noted above (race, religion, sex, age, etc.). If your employer fires you due to your race, for instance, that’s still illegal even if you have no contract and you are an at-will employee.
Moreover, when companies have stated policies in place, even if they’re not technically in a contract, they still have to be followed. For example, your company may have a three-strikes policy that guarantees you two warnings before a firing. Therefore, being fired immediately and without warning could still be illegal, even though at-will employment laws allow it.
How do I know if I have been harassed or discriminated against?
There are protected classes in the United States, and harassment and discrimination typically violate your rights under one of these classes.Per the EEOC, they include:
- Sex (along with gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy)
- Age (40+)
- National origin
- Genetic information
Harassment can include everything from jokes to insults to physical contact. Discrimination may include things like failure to hire, wrongful termination, passing you over for promotions, and more. We will determine if your case has all of the necessary components.
The biggest thing that you should know is that your gut is often right. When things feel unfair and unjust, especially if the perpetrator is an employer or a supervisor, they probably are unfair and unjust. When your rights are violated, you need someone to stand up on your behalf. We can do that for you in any industry.
How to Get Help with Your Employment-Related Concerns
Always remember that whether you’re signing an employment contract or responding to being poorly treated in the workplace, you have rights. Reach out to our Baton Rouge employment law firm via the contact form on our website or call 1-877-229-9997 so we can fight for you.