Employment law is a complex branch of the legal system. If you are an employee and have had a dispute with your employer, the attorneys at Mauk, Miller, Hawkins PLLC, can walk you through the process step by step. They will seek justice and proper financial compensation for your damages. If you need a wrongful termination attorney or employment law attorney in the Boise, ID, area, we can provide the hard-hitting, yet personalized and empathetic, assistance that you need. To discuss the details of your case, contact us today.
Our Attorneys Understand Employment Law
There are many aspects of employment law, and the attorneys at Mauk, Miller, Hawkins PLLC are highly experienced in all of them. Whether you need assistance in the area of discrimination, harassment, pregnancy and family discrimination, wage theft, retaliation and whistleblowers, unemployment, or employment contracts and severance agreements, our lawyers will conduct a thorough investigation and help get you the compensation you deserve.
Federal and state laws mandate that employees be treated equally, regardless of race, sex, religion, age (over the age of 40), national origin, citizenship status, disability, and genetic information. Unfortunately, discrimination still occurs far too often. If you have been denied a position, promotion, or raise based on any of these factors, you may have a viable case against your employer.
Harassment occurs when employees face a hostile work environment, and can include bullying, threats, physical violence, sexual assault, sexual innuendo, and related behavior. Harassment can come from both employers and other employees. An employer may be held legally responsible if they knew of the behavior and did nothing to stop it. Our expert attorneys will fight to bring malicious parties to justice. Financial compensation can help cover lost opportunities, the cost of counseling, and pain and suffering.
Pregnancy and Family Discrimination
Federal law mandates that pregnancy be treated like any other medical condition, including disabilities. Employers must provide workers with paid or unpaid medical leave after their babies are born. Any employee who has worked in the same location for a full year is eligible for 12 weeks of leave to care for a new baby, including adoptive and foster parents. If you have been harassed or terminated because you are pregnant, our lawyers can help.
Examples of wage theft can include withholding a paycheck, refusing to pay overtime, requiring employees to work without pay, stealing tips, or paying less than minimum wage. It can also include reclassifying employees. For example, an employer could label you a “contractor” to avoid paying overtime and benefits. Our skilled attorneys can help you recover lost wages and, in many cases, additional damages.
Retaliation and Whistleblowers
A whistleblower is anyone who reports wrongdoing on the part of an employer or company. Typically, whistleblowers report behavior that affects the larger public, such as fraud, illegal activity, and disregard of safety standards. Many employees hesitate to report these activities. They are afraid that their employers will respond with termination, negative performance reviews, or harassment.
"At our firm, we believe that you should not be punished for taking steps to protect other people."
While retaliation does occur, it is prohibited by strict federal law. At Mauk, Miller, Hawkins PLLC, we believe that you should not be punished for taking steps to protect other people. We applaud your courage and will fight for the justice that you deserve.
In most cases, you must meet certain requirements to obtain unemployment benefits. For example, you will not usually qualify if you were fired or if you quit without just cause. However, there are some situations in which it would be considered justifiable to quit. These scenarios include unsafe working conditions, harassment, and being asked to participate in illegal activity. Additionally, you should be eligible for unemployment benefits if you were unfairly fired. Our attorneys can help you sort through the factors affecting your case, and will handle the complex paperwork.
Employment Contracts and Severance Agreements
If you accept a new job, it is wise to have a lawyer review your contract and severance agreement. First, this will ensure that you have proper compensation and benefits in the event that you are let go. Additionally, contracts often contain clauses and details that are easy to miss. For example, your contract could include a non-compete agreement or release of claims. Our attorneys will fully review these documents, to catch all details.
Contact Mauk, Miller, Hawkins PLLC
You can trust the attorneys at Mauk, Miller, Hawkins PLLC with your employment-related case. We will seek justice and proper financial compensation for your damages. If you have been treated unfairly in the workplace, contact our law firm for the caring, expert representation you deserve.
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