When To Hire An Employment Lawyer?
Workplace legal violations are the worst because many people feel helpless to do anything. The fear of losing their job or reputation can often cause stagnation or confusion on what to do. If you are continually placed in an uncomfortable position at work or you feel you are being forced to work with wages, it may be time to hire an employment lawyer. The Lopez Law Group is here to actively listen to clients and provide a legal solution that can address your employment issues head-on. There are a variety of instances in which you may need our assistance such as:
You have been promoted to a position without a change in pay.
If you suddenly have the title of “Manager” or “Supervisor” and stop receiving overtime, your workplace could be playing bait-and-switch with you. Perhaps they feel the title alone is worth your free extra hours, but that’s against the law. In this case, you should contact an employment lawyer immediately.
You are working 9 hour days but only receiving your regular hourly wage.
If you are working more than 40-hours a week, you must be compensated. Overtime equates to time and a half of your hourly wage. Just because the management needs you to stay, it doesn’t mean you must do so for free. In this case, knowing your rights as an employee is vital to defending yourself.
You signed on as an independent contractor but are treated as an employee.
If your employer chooses to hire you as a freelancer, they cannot demand a certain schedule of you (unless it is in the contract). If you suspect you have been hired as a contractor so your employer can avoid paying you the proper wage, you probably have a good case with employment law.
You have been sexually harassed or made to feel uncomfortable in any way.
Unwanted sexual advances, inappropriate touching, and requests for sexual favors are all reasons to run to an employment lawyer. The current climate of sexual harassment in the workplace is charged and you deserve defense in any situation that could be labeled as such. If you feel you are owed unpaid wages or continually placed in an uncomfortable position in the workplace, contact us for a consultation today. We’ll make sure your legal employment issues are solved quickly.