Employee Legal Representation in Jacksonville
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:
- Age Discrimination
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.
- Disability Discrimination
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 contractors.
- 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.
- Gender Discrimination
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.
- 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.
- Pregnancy Discrimination
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.
- Race Discrimination
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.
- Religious Discrimination
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.
- Retaliation Claims
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.
- Severance Agreements
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
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.
- Unemployment Compensation
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.
- Whistleblower Violations
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 Florida NELA, an organization of Florida attorneys who are committed to protecting the legal rights of employees. His interest in representing employees is a focal point of his practice. As a result, he has provided years of dedicated service to make 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 attorney, contact the Law Office of Shands M. Wulbern, P.A. today!