Employment Law: Employee

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

Discrimination and Wrongful Termination

If you have encountered work place discrimination of wrongfully lost  your job, you may benefit from the assistance of an employment law attorney. The employment law attorneys at Morton McGoldrick represent employees for claims related to discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful termination.

Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, national origin, age, race, religion, gender (including pregnancy and sexual harassment), or disability are some of the foundations of a discrimination claim. In addition, if you have suffered from a termination, demotion, transfer, or pay cut after raising concerns or claims about workplace discrimination against yourself or a co-worker, you may have grounds for a claim. Our team of employment law attorneys has years of experience in pursuance of these types of claims in state and federal court. We also have experience with administrative proceedings, arbitration, and mediation conducted by the EEOC, Washington State Human Rights Commission, and local and state agencies. We are passionate in our support of employees who have suffered from unlawful conduct and determined in our desire to address this issue.

Family and Medical Leave

Federal law protects employees taking leave because of medical and specific family reasons. But, not all employers are subject to this law. If you are an employee that requires leave from work due to a major health concern, an employment law attorney from Morton McGoldrick can help you determine the application of the law and any rights you may have where it applies. We can also help you determine additional laws that may apply in your specific situation.

Even if your employer is not required to comply with the federal law, there are local and state laws that may still apply in the event of work related absences due to medical conditions. For example, Washington State law entitles women to take a period of disability related leave from work during the birth of child. The employer must hold their position for them in their absence or furnish them with a similar position upon their return. In some cities, such as  Seattle and Tacoma, there are laws requiring certain employers to provide paid sick leave. The requirements of these laws vary depending on the amount of employed individuals at a business.

If litigation is necessary to protect your rights under FMLA or other state and local laws in regards to medical leave or sick time, 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 experience at litigation involving violations of federal and state wage and hour laws. These violations take place when an employee’s job is misclassified as being exempted from requirement related to overtime pay, or when an employer requires work that they fail to compensate. These claims can be costly for employers because damages double in the event a claim is successfully proven. This is in addition to overtime pay and attorneys’ fees. These may also lead to a class action lawsuit if the misclassification occurs with a large number of employees.

Employment Contracts

Employers realize that the easiest way to prevent litigation is by communicating expectations and concerns as they relate to work behavior and performance. This may take the form of an employment agreement, employment handbook, severance agreement, offer letter, and more. If you are an employee who desires a legal review of one of the documents before you sign it, the employment law attorneys with Morton McGoldrick can help. It is important for an employee to understand any legal obligations these documents may impose.

Employees should use added caution before signing a Non-Compete, Non-Solicitation, Confidentiality, or Severance Agreement. Having an employment law attorney review these kinds of agreements is a must. Our employment law attorneys have experience reviewing and evaluating these agreements to make sure you know what rights they may put at stake and what they may entitle you to.

Employers are often particularly concerned with the protection of data like trade secrets and customer lists. They will often take steps to make sure certain protections are spelled out in an agreement. These may limit an employee’s ability to seek competitive employment, disclose information, or solicit co-workers or customers. If you are an employee asked to sign a confidentially or non-compete agreement, our employment law attorneys can help you identify whether the agreement is fair and reasonable. If your employer is demanding compliance and you have already signed a document, we can determine whether or not these demands are enforceable. Additionally, we can advise you on negotiations with your employer regarding additional employment opportunities.

Employers frequently look to finalize a termination of employment with a severance agreement. These regularly contain a “release” that is inserted to protect the employer against the future risk of employment related claims. Employees may hire an employment law attorney to review an agreement before they sign it. This allows them to fully understand the agreement before signing it.

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Our employment law attorney services are tailored around you. We are prepared to help you, particularly if you live or work in Puyallup or elsewhere in Pierce County. We can provide the skilled representation you want when confronting employment related law. Don’t leave employment law related items to chance, we can help—call (253) 655-2275 or contact us today.