Employment Law

Employment law is a special area of law in that protects the rights of a particularly vulnerable group of people – employees.
If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, sexually harassed, or wrongfully terminated, the employment lawyers at Jacoby & Meyers can help you receive the compensation you deserve.

Wrongful Termination/Discrimination
If you have a contract with your employer, you most likely cannot be fired without just cause. Contracts can be written or implied. A common way for an employee to have a written contract is to be in a union. If your employer fires you because of race or another illegal reason, that is considered "wrongful termination." If your employer fires you in violation of a contract, that is not, in legal terms, “wrongful termination." It is "breach of contract."
Employers cannot discriminate against employees on the basis of age, race, sex, national origin, disability, or a variety of other reasons. Employers cannot retaliate against an employee because he or she has become a "whistleblower" by reporting illegal activity of the employer. They also cannot retaliate against an employee for engaging in other protected activities, such as filing workers' compensation claims.

Sexual Harassment
Sexual harassment is one of the most complicated areas of employment law. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. If you submit to or reject this conduct, your employer cannot explicitly or implicitly affect your employment in any way. Sexual harassment can occur in a variety of circumstances.

Wage & Hour Claims
Are you being cheated by your employer?
The law says that non-exempt employees who work overtime must get paid for it. But many companies try to get around this. They improperly classify an employee as a manager, outside salesperson, or independent contractor so they don’t have to pay extra for overtime.
Here are some other ways: Do you take morning and afternoon breaks and at least 1/2 hour for lunch? Some companies discourage this or don’t even allow it. And some companies make their employees buy the company’s clothes or other products.
If your employer is guilty of any of these practices, you may be entitled to receive compensation through a wage and hour claim. The lawyers at Jacoby & Meyers can review the details of your case and advise you as to the best way to proceed.
Please contact our employment lawyers today to schedule your free initial consultation. Jacoby & Meyers has offices nationwide.