Let’s face it, most of us have to work for a living, and while many of us are lucky and have ideal workplace situations and generous bosses, some are not so lucky. When things go wrong in the workplace, as an employee, you can feel powerless and frustrated. New jobs are not always easy to come by, and sometimes, employees put up with more than they should in an effort to keep their jobs.
When the workplace goes wrong for you, a labor and employment lawyer in San Mateo at Minnis and Smallets can step in and have your back, ensuring that your workplace dispute is resolved to your advantage and in line with the law.
Labor and employment law is concerned with the laws and regulations that determine the relationship that employees have with their employers, both individually and in groups. When the relationship between employer and employee is extended to groups of employees, we are talking about labor law. If we are concerned with the relationship between individual employees and their employers, we are talking about employment law.
Labor and employment law attorneys represent clients facing issues related to labor laws such as the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), wage and hour laws, wrongful discharge disputes, workplace safety issues, workers’ compensation laws, and other areas.
It is the responsibility of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to enforce federal laws that prohibit employment discrimination. States generally have their own complementary employment laws that likewise make discriminatory hiring practices illegal. Understanding whether federal or state law applies to your situation can be difficult, and having a labor and employment lawyer on your side can mean the difference between an issue being resolved in your favor or not resolved at all.
Under the United States of Labor, equal employment opportunity (EEO) laws prevent workplaces from engaging in specific types of discrimination in particular workplaces. Under the EEO, you cannot be discriminated against in those workplaces that are covered based upon a variety of factors and characteristics. You cannot be discriminated against based upon your age if you are over the age of 40 years.
In addition to age, discrimination based upon disability, ethnic/national origin, immigration status, gender, sex, race, religion, and veteran status, among other factors, is also illegal. Whether or not you are on federal financial assistance programs is another factor that covered employers cannot use to discriminate against prospective employees. Sometimes, however, an employer is allowed to be selective in the process of hiring to make sure that employees must be able to perform the job. If you have a unique situation, a San Mateo labor and employment lawyer can help.
Having an issue with your current or former employer? A San Mateo labor and employment lawyer at Minnis and Smallets can help, so contact us today to schedule an appointment.