Employee Legal Representation in Jacksonville
When Your Future Is at Stake
If your future is at stake because of a legal circumstance, you will want
to retain the experienced representation of the
Jacksonville employment lawyer at the Law Office of Shands M. Wulbern, P.A. He provides legal representation
for employees in Florida who are faced with legal dilemmas. His focus
is in assisting employees as they face discrimination issues or retaliation
claims. Specific areas of representation include, but are not limited to:
Are you an older employee who is a victim of age discrimination? Under
the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), employees who are 40
years of age or older are protected from workplace discrimination. Age
discrimination can come in the form of termination, hostile work environment,
demotion, or another negative act.
If you are facing any type of discrimination from your employer, you should
not hesitate to obtain quality representation from the firm. Discrimination
can come in a wide range of forms, including discrimination against age,
disability, and other protected characteristics.
If you are a worker facing discrimination because of a disability, you
are granted legal protection under the Americans with Disabilities Act
(ADA) Amendments Act (ADAAA). The ADAAA prohibits acts of discrimination
against qualified individuals with disabilities. If you are facing discrimination
based on a disability, the firm can fight for your rights.
EEOC & FCHR Proceedings
Prior to filing suit under federal law, employees are required to file
charges with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) if they
are facing discrimination on the basis of color, race, national origin,
religion, age, disability, or sex. Employees needing to file a claim under
Florida law for similar violations involving employment discrimination,
should consider whether to file a charge with the Florida Commission on
Human Relations (FCHR).
Employment Contracts & Non-Compete Agreements
If you need legal guidance with an employment contract or non-compete
agreement, do not hesitate to speak with the firm. These are critical
aspects of any employment relationship and should therefore be handled
in a cautious manner. Employment agreements are often offered by the employer
and are drafted to protect the employer's interests only. The firm
can ensure that the document is drafted in a manner that protects your
rights as an employee.
False Claims Act and Qui Tam Claims
Qui tam claims are a category of whistleblower claims that go into effect
if the government is defrauded. People who file qui tam law cases under
the False Claims Act may receive a portion of any recovered damages. Under
the Act, whistleblowers are granted a means to bring claims against government
Family and Medical Leave Act
Eligible employees of covered employers are granted up to 12 workweeks
of leave within a 1-year period under the Family and Medical Leave Act
(FMLA). This act also grants leave for family members of injured military
service members for a maximum of 26 workweeks to care for service members
who are injured or ill.
In the workplace, gender discrimination is prohibited under federal and
Florida law. If you are facing discrimination based on your gender in
the workplace, the firm can take action to protect your rights. Typically,
women face more hardships in the area of gender discrimination than men.
However, neither men nor women should be subjected to discrimination because
of their sex.
Hostile Work Environment
Hostile work environments can be one of the most frustrating work-related
harassment circumstances. If the harassment you face is so severe or pervasive
that it alters the terms of employment or develops into an abusive work
circumstance, it may be considered a hostile work environment. You can
take action by speaking with a Jacksonville employment lawyer from the firm.
National Origin Discrimination
National origin discrimination in the workplace is prohibited based on
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as well as the Florida Civil
Rights Act. It is unlawful for employers to discriminate against employees
based on their national origin, ancestry, cultural beliefs, or other protected
characteristics based on nationality. When employees are treated differently
based on language and cultural differences, the employer may have committed
national origin discrimination.
Overtime & Wage Claims
Employee compensation is a necessary cost of most businesses, and employers
commonly cut corners to reduce this expense. Overtime compensation is
a type of unpaid wage claim that exploits the efforts of employees to
deny workers the wages they are due. Overtime and wage laws are governed
under the Fair Labor Standards Act, as well as certain state statutes.
Employees' jobs are often protected under the Pregnancy Discrimination
Act in the case of pregnancy. If your employer has engaged conduct that
is in a violation of this Act, you can file a claim for pregnancy discrimination.
Discrimination of this kind can take various forms, from termination to
hostile work environments.
Discrimination based on race is one of the most harmful types of discrimination
that employees face within the workplace. Victims of racial discrimination
often face long-term damage to their emotional health and careers. Federal
and state laws prohibit discrimination based on race to protect employees.
Under both federal and state laws, employees are protected against religious
discrimination by employers. Laws protect employees from discrimination
based on beliefs such as Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Islam, and any
other recognized religion. Religious discrimination occurs when there
is a conflict with an employee's religious practice and a requirement
of the job.
Typically, anti-retaliation provisions are included in most employment
law statutes and regulations. Retaliation is committed by the employer
after the employee engages in protected activity. For example, an employee
can face retaliation from his or her employer after pursuing a valid claim
for workers' compensation.
Employees can be presented with a severance package after they have been
separated or terminated from a company. Once a severance package is signed,
future claims against the company are typically barred. If you have issues
with a severance agreement, such as the proposed amount of pay offered
by the employer, take action by speaking with our firm.
Sexual harassment can be one of the most emotionally charged and harmful
acts of harassment that an employee faces. In the workplace, sexual harassment
is often used as a form of dominance to degrade an employee. If you need
to file a claim against an employer or coworker on the basis of sexual
harassment, do not hesitate to speak with the firm.
If an employee is involuntarily terminated from his or her place of employment,
then the employee may be able to pursue unemployment compensation benefits.
The purpose of unemployment compensation is to assist with the loss of
employment. Find out whether you are eligible for unemployment benefits
by talking with our firm.
Employees are often hesitant to report their employers for misconduct
because they are afraid of unlawful acts of retaliation by their employer.
Before you "blow the whistle" on your employer, you must know
the laws regarding whistleblowing and ensure that you take the right steps.
If your employer has retaliated against you for whistleblowing, speak
with the firm to obtain legal representation.
Legal Representation from the Jacksonville Employment Attorney
Mr. Wulbern is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association,
an organization of attorneys throughout the United States who are committed
to protecting the legal rights of employees. Mr. Wulbern is also a member
of Florida NELA, a similar organization of Florida attorneys who primarily
represent employees. His interest in representing employees is a focal
point of his practice. As a result, he has provided years of dedicated
service to making sure that employers who violate the law are held accountable
for their actions.
Whether you are a victim of discrimination or another issue involving your
employer, the firm can take action to ensure that your rights are protected.
Mr. Wulbern strives to provide the highest quality of legal representation
available. If you are in need of an experienced Jacksonville employment
the Law Office of Shands M. Wulbern, P.A.!