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Managing Issues Surrounding Violations of Employment Law

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Employment Litigation Lawyer

As our Employment Litigation Lawyer wants prospective clients to know; an employee may experience several labor issues throughout their time in the workforce. Unfortunately, even the laws may be violated, and the employer may be completely unaware that they are doing anything wrong. On the other hand, some employers may knowingly violate employment laws which can be incredibly damaging to the employee. Labor laws are fundamental to ensuring the protection of employees, and when these laws are violated, there are penalties that employers may face. Several common violations may be made, and it can be difficult for an employee to recognize the signs that their rights are being violated. Eric Siegel Law can share that it may be possible to take legal action and not only report the employer’s wrongdoings but also hold them accountable.

Most Common Labor Law Violations

Labor laws are important for both the employer and employee, and it’s key to have at least a basic understanding of them. Even more importantly, labor laws protect employees from being mistreated. Failing to acknowledge or even understand these laws can have damaging repercussions, which could be costly and potentially harm employees due to unsafe work practices. The following are the most common labor laws that employers may violate:

  • The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • The Immigration and Nationality Act
  • The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OSHA)
  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act
  • +More

These laws are governed by the U.S. Department of Labor, which subsidiaries of the DOL oversee. The process can be challenging for an employer, who may feel as though nothing can be done to remedy the situation—having support from a professional can play a valuable role throughout the process from start to finish. 

Signs That Your Rights Are Being Violated

Issues surrounding employee rights can sometimes be incredibly challenging to identify. Sometimes, there may be steps taken by an employer that leave an employee wondering whether they should take further action. Common signs may include:

  • Denial of FMLA leave
  • Being expected to work while on FMLA
  • Being disciplined or retaliated against for exercising your rights
  • You suspect you are not being paid appropriate wages
  • Not receiving overtime
  • Being in a hostile work environment
  • Misclassification of employers

When someone suspects that they have experienced violations of employment law, it may be necessary to file a complaint. This process will require gathering as much information as possible and filing the complaint with the Department of Labor. If the complaint is a valid one, the investigation process will begin. 

Reasons to Contact a Lawyer

Workplace issues surrounding labor laws are one potential issue that may surface; employees can experience other violations surrounding retaliation, workers’ compensation issues, wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, and more. For a person experiencing this type of workplace treatment, it can be challenging to see the bigger picture, which may cause them to be unclear about the best possible steps forward. A lawyer can assist in navigating this process, resolving issues, filing complaints, and taking legal action if necessary. 

Sometimes, employers may engage in abusive practices, making it difficult for employees to come forward. In addition, it’s also possible that an employee may be experiencing other types of employment law issues, including discrimination, harassment, and more.

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