Employment Law: Employee


  • Wrongful Termination, Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation
  • Family and Medical Leave
  • Wage and Hour Law Violations
  • Employment Contracts

Discrimination and Wrongful Termination

You may require the assistance of an employment law attorney if you are suffering from work place discrimination or have wrongfully lost your job. The employment law attorneys at Morton McGoldrick have represented employees on claims of wrongful termination, retaliation, and discrimination. Discrimination on the basis of national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender (including pregnancy and sexual harassment), religion, race, or disability are some of the basis for a discrimination claim.

Additionally, if you have raised a claim or concern about discrimination at work, whether against yourself or a co-worker, have suffered demotion, a transfer, termination, or cut in pay because of it, you may have a claim for retaliation. Our team of employment law attorneys has years of experience pursuing these kinds of claims in state and federal court. We also have experience with mediation, administrative proceedings, and arbitration conducted by the Washington State Human Rights Commission, EEOC, and additional state and local agencies. We are determined and passionate in our support of employees who have suffered because of unlawful conduct.

Family and Medical Leave

Federal law provides protection for employees who take leave due to medical and specified family reasons. If you are an employee with a major health condition that requires leave from work, an employment law attorney from Morton McGoldrick can help you determine whether the law applies, and if so, what rights you have. We can also help you identify any other laws that may be applicable to your situation.

Not all employers are subject to this federal law. But, even if your employer does not have to follow the federal law, local and state laws may still impact work absences due to medical conditions. Washington State law, for example, entitles women who take leave from work for the period of disability related with the birth of a child to have their position held by their employer in their absence. Some cities also have specific laws related to required sick leave. Often these laws are dependent on the number of employees employed at a business.

If you live or work in Gig Harbor, the Key Peninsula, or somewhere else on the Kitsap Peninsula, our attorneys can help you understand and protect your rights. If litigation is required to protect your rights under FMLA or other local and state laws regarding sick time or medical leave, employment law attorneys at Morton McGoldrick have the experience to assist you in pursuing your claims.

Wage and Hour Law Violations

Morton McGoldrick’s employment law attorneys are experienced at litigating claims that involve violations of both state and federal wage and hour laws. Violations of these laws can occur when an employee’s job is misclassified as being exempt from overtime pay requirements, or when work is required and not compensated. These claims can be expensive for employers because damages are doubled if a claim is successful in addition to back payments and attorneys’ fees. These may also result in a class action suit if enough employees are misclassified.

Employment Contracts

Employers understand that the best way to prevent litigation is through communication concerning the expectations for work performance and behavior. This may take the form of a severance agreement, employment agreement, offer letter, employment handbook, and more. If you are an employee who desires a legal review of one of these documents prior to signing, the employment law attorneys with Morton McGoldrick can help. It is important for employees to be aware of imposed legal obligations before signing these types of documents.

Employees should exercise extra caution if they are asked to sign a Non-Solicitation, Non-Compete, Severance, or Confidentiality Agreement. Having an employment law attorney review these agreement types is a must. Our employment law attorneys have experience evaluating and reviewing these agreements to make sure you understand any of your entitlements and rights it puts at stake.

Employers are frequently concerned with protecting customer lists and trade secrets. They will often take steps to spell out specific protections in an agreement. These may limit an employee’s ability to solicit customers or co-workers, seek employment with competitors, or disclose information. If you are an employee asked to sign a non-compete or confidentiality agreement, our employment law attorneys can help you determine whether the agreement is reasonable and fair. If your employer is demanding compliance after you have already signed, we can evaluate whether or not these demands are enforceable. We can also advise you on how you may successfully negotiate with your employer where additional employment opportunities are concerned.

Employers often seek to finalize a termination of employment through the use of a severance agreement. These typically contain a “release” that is designed to protect the employer against a future risk of employment claims. Employees may hire an employment law attorney to review an agreement prior to signing. This allows them to make an informed decision before doing so.

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