When Do You Need an Employment Lawyer?

When Do You Need an Employment Lawyer?

You’re unexpectedly fired from your job.

You raised concerns about certain practices at your workplace and saw a steep decline in the number of hours you work.

You’re habitually mistreated by your employer or coworkers, and no matter how many times you bring it up to management, the harassment continues.

It’s hard enough these days to pay the bills and raise a family under normal conditions. But when conditions in the workplace veer from normal, you could suffer life-altering consequences due to an employer’s failure to comply with the law. In cases like these, you may need the services of a dedicated Tampa employment lawyer who can go to bat for you with objectivity, knowledge, and passion.

Personal Injury and Workers’ Compensation

If you’re injured on the job, you might feel pressure from your employer to keep things quiet and not report the injury. Or, the insurance company could either deny your claim outright or offer you an amount that won’t cover your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Without the support of workers’ compensation, your injury will be a financial drain. An employment attorney is well versed in the complex details of workers’ compensation law and knows exactly how to fight these big entities aggressively to get their clients the best possible claim.

Wrongful Termination

Florida is an “at-will” state, meaning that your employer doesn’t have to provide a reason for terminating your employment. However, there are circumstances under which you cannot legally be fired. These include being over the age of 40, racial and sexual discrimination, being a whistleblower, filing a worker’s compensation claim, participating in union activities, and using Family and Medical Leave Act time. You may have a wrongful termination claim against your employer if you can show that you were fired for any one of these reasons.

Overtime Pay Claims

Were you aware that even salaried employees are entitled to overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act? It’s true. Employers are legally required to keep track of the hours their workers are on the job, and if you work more than the maximum allowable number of hours in any given pay period, you must be compensated at the rate of one and one-half times your regular pay rate. If your employer fails to pay overtime, an employment lawyer may be able to recover two times the overtime you are owed, as well as your attorney fees.

Whistleblower Claims

If you find out that your employer committed fraud or on-the-job abuse of fellow employees, that puts you in a difficult position. On the one hand, you may be entitled to recover an award for reporting the activities to federal or state authorities. On the other hand, you could face retaliation in the workplace for blowing the whistle. An experienced Florida employment attorney will be able to make sure that you receive the protection to which you are entitled under state and federal regulations.

Contract Disputes

Employment contracts contain language that protects the employer, sometimes at the expense of individuals trying to move on with their lives and careers once they leave the job. An experienced employment attorney can help to parse and counter non-compete clauses, severance packages, LLC member disputes, and shareholder disputes.

Do You Think You Have a Case?

The law offices of Feldman Legal Group would like to hear from you. We are staunch advocates of worker rights who bring two decades of experience in employment law to the table as we listen to the details of your case. Call us today to schedule your free assessment to see if we can help you. We get justice for workers.