Employment Law: Employer
- Employee Handbooks
- Offer Letters and Severance Agreements
- Non-competition, Non-solicitation and Confidentiality Agreements
- Wrongful Termination, Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation
- Family and Medical Leave
- Wage and Hour Law Violations
Communicating well with employees from the beginning of their employment is the best way to prevent litigation in the area of employment law. A significant part of that communication may occur through an employee handbook or other documents that make the expectations of the employer clear. An employment law attorney from Morton McGoldrick can help you prepare these documents or review your current policies and procedures.
The team at Morton McGoldrick has experience drafting and reviewing employment handbooks, social media policies, job descriptions, drug and alcohol policies, and more. Well drafted documentation that is enforceable can help to protect employers and act as a prevention method for potential employment claims.
Offer Letters and Severance Agreements
An employment law attorney can help with your employment agreements. The help of an employment law attorney is especially useful during an employee termination. Employers often want to finalize employment with a severance agreement. These typically contain a “release,” that offer protection for the employer against later employment-related claims. Our employment law attorneys have experience creating these agreements so employers in Gig Harbor or elsewhere on the Kitsap Peninsula can reduce the risk of claims following termination.
Non-competition, Non-solicitation and Confidentiality Agreements
It is important for employers to protect trade secrets like customer lists. Common law does impose a duty of loyalty on all employees, clarifying what is considered confidential and trade secret information at the beginning of employment is a better practice. With the help of an employment law attorney, Gig Harbor business owners, as well as those in Pierce and Kitsap Counties, can take advantage of carefully written and legally binding confidentiality agreements. These are designed to protect customer lists and trade secret information in addition to non-solicitation agreements and non-competition agreements created to prohibit employees from taking customers or co-workers to a competitor. Even without a non-compete agreement, employees owe their employer a duty of loyalty that if breached can result in liability for taking customer lists or other confidential protected information. There are also stated and federal trade secret laws that provide protection to employers from employee theft of its protected confidential information and data.
When an employee ignores the promises in their agreement, violates the trade secret law or breaches their duty of loyalty, our employment law attorneys are experienced in litigation, and have built a reputation that is trusted by the arbitrators, judges, and adversaries in the community. We take our responsibility to our clients very seriously.
Discrimination and Wrongful Termination
Workplaces are increasingly diversified. Because of this, you may require a lawyer to assist you in regards to a claim that relates to ongoing employment conditions or an employee’s termination. Morton McGoldrick has defended employers against claims relating to discrimination due to gender (including pregnancy and sexual harassment), religion, age, race, sexual orientation, disability, and national origin. We have also defended against claims of wrongful termination and retaliation.
Our team of employment law attorneys has years of experience defending against these types of claims in state and federal court. We are also experienced with mediation, arbitration, and administrative proceedings conducted by the Washington State Human Rights Commission, EEOC, and other local and state agencies.
Family and Medical Leave
This federal law does not affect all employers or employees. In the event an employee leaves work due to a serious health condition, an employment law attorney from Morton McGoldrick can assist employers with determining what is required to comply with the law that apply.
State and local laws can still impact medically related absences from work. For example, Washington State Law provides women who take a period of disability leave from work in relation to child birth are entitled to have their positions held by their employers until their return. Some cities also have laws relating to required sick leave. These are dependent on the number of employees employed by a specific business.
Working with our legal team as soon as possible will help to ensure your compliance with state, local, and federal laws related to medical and family leave. In the event litigation occurs due to a failure to comply with medical leave or sick time related laws, our employment attorneys have the necessary skills to defend you and your business.
Wage and Hour Law Violations
Morton McGoldrick’s employment law attorneys can litigate claims that involve violations of state and federal wage and hour laws. These violations occur most often when an Employer misclassifies an employee as exempt form overtime when they are not. Whether unintentional or not, this may still result in a claim by the employee. Improper deductions or untimely payments may also be cause for a claim. These can be incredibly costly if the claim is successful due to double damages and attorney’s fees. If the misclassification is extensive enough it may also result in a class action suit.
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