Employment Lawyers

For more than 40 years, our team of nationally recognized employment lawyers has helped thousands of clients resolve workplace disputes, including wage and hour disputes, wrongful termination, whistleblower rights and protections, retaliation, discrimination, harassment, hostility, and workplace safety.

Employment law is a broad and complex practice covering the rights, obligations, and responsibilities of an employer and its employees. Numerous federal and state laws, regulations, and judicial precedent all inform the employer-employee relationship and define the rights and responsibilities of each.

If you feel your employer is violating your rights and protections as an employee, our employment and labor attorneys can help you through the process of seeking justice. At Beasley Allen, all of our lawyers live and work by the credo “helping those who need it most.”

Wage and Hour Laws

The U.S. Department of Labor is the regulatory agency that oversees employment laws at the federal level. The DOL oversees and enforces the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), a body of wage and hour laws that sets the minimum wage ($7.25 in 2020), overtime pay eligibility for hours worked over 40 in a workweek, and other compensatory time for U.S. employees.

While there are many companies that treat their employees fairly and legally, it is not uncommon for employers to violate labor laws and engage in various forms of employee wage theft. These could be as simple as paying workers below the minimum wage or not at all. But wage theft can also be the result of less obvious schemes, including promoting workers to “managerial” positions in title only to exempt them from overtime; forcing tipped workers to pool tips with non-tipped workers; or providing comp time instead of overtime pay, to name just a few.

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Workplace Safety

When workers arrive at their job, they should have the comfort of knowing their employer is doing everything possible to ensure that they and their fellow workers can return home safely at the end of the day. Employers are bound to federal and state labor laws and regulations that govern workplace safety and serve to protect the health and well-being of workers. At the federal level, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulates issues of workplace safety and investigates claims of injury.

While OSHA sets workplace safety and health rules and regulations, it lacks the resources to adequately patrol every company for compliance. Without strict oversight, some employers may take advantage of their workers and even break the law. Employees who believe their employers are breaking the rules and putting them at risk of sickness, injury, or death may be afraid to speak out or suffer consequences if they do. If you find yourself in this position, our labor and employment attorneys are here to help.

Whistleblower Rights and Protections

Whistleblowers – employees, contractors, and subcontractors who risk their career, their reputation, and sometimes even their life to call out fraud and other wrongdoing – are protected by federal and state laws. These whistleblower protections prohibit employers from retaliating against employees who engage in “protected behavior,” such as reporting injuries, illegal activity, unsafe working conditions, and fraud, among others.

Beasley Allen’s team of employment lawyers understand the vital role whistleblowers play in holding companies and government entities accountable for fraud, waste, abuse, and other wrongdoing, and we have a solid record of helping whistleblowers get the compensation they need and deserve.

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Hostile Workplace

Every worker has a right to work in a safe and supportive environment, but for too many working Americans, the workplace can be an abusive and sometimes dangerous environment.

Employees may find themselves working under intolerable conditions for other reasons. Some of the most common forms of workplace hostility include:

  • Whistleblowing: Employees who blow the whistle on wrongdoing within the workplace often suffer consequences. Retaliation may be swift or it could manifest in different forms over a longer time period. Some types of retaliation we often see include termination, demotion, suspension, isolation, penalties or sanctions, defamation of character, denial of benefits, denial of bonuses, and denial of promotions.
  • Discrimination: A number of federal and state laws prohibit employers from discriminating against employees or job applicants on the basis of race, sex, orientation, age, disability, or national origin. Yet despite legal protections, some employers discriminate, either by creating a hostile and unfair environment or treating some employees more favorably than others.
  • Harassment: Like discrimination, harassment can make an employee’s work environment incredibly hostile, abusive, and even frightening. Workers who are subjected to ridicule, slurs, threats, assault, offensive jokes, intimidation, sexual advances or other conduct of a sexual nature on the job should contact our employment lawyers for help.

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Workers Compensation

Workers Compensation is a type of insurance that is supposed to help employees injured or sickened on the job. Often, however, claims for lost wages, medical care, vocational rehabilitation, and other expenses that incapacitated workers seek are denied by insurers. Claiming those benefits may also force a worker to forfeit future compensation and/or give up the right to sue their employer.

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Choose the Right Employment Lawyers

At Beasley Allen, our employment attorneys truly are committed to helping you by seeking justice and fair compensation on your behalf for injuries and injustices suffered in the workplace. Our 85 lawyers are supported by a force of more than 275 support staff consisting of full-time nurses, investigators, computer specialists, technologists, a marketing department, a comprehensive trial graphics team, and many more.

If you feel your employer has violated your rights under federal and/or state employment and labor laws, your best first move is to contact a labor and employment lawyer. You can be confident knowing Beasley Allen’s team of experienced workplace lawyers have your back and will work to get you the compensation you deserve.

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