Your workplace is a lot more than just a place where you earn an income. In many cases, our workplaces are an important part of our identity, crucial to our financial well-being. They can even a place where we build friendships and important relationships.
When employer retaliation, discrimination or other labor issues affect your employment, it can affect your entire life. If you are having trouble in the workplace and would like to understand your legal options, the labor attorneys at McCarthy Weisberg Cummings would like to hear about it. We are proud to help employees and businesses across Pennsylvania and in Harrisburg with their labor law issues.
Understanding Employment Law Issues
McCarthy Weisberg Cummings handles a number of common labor issues, including:
- Discrimination. Discrimination due to sex, race, ethnic background, religion and country of origin is illegal. In parts of Pennsylvania, discrimination against someone because of their sexual orientation is also illegal. In many cases, discrimination is very subtle. It may take the form of wage gaps, harassment or failure to promote or hire. Often, it takes a skilled employment law attorney to prove cases of discrimination.
- Employer retaliation. Whistleblower laws are in place for a reason. If you have been passed over for promotions, given bad reviews, fired or demoted after complaining about unsafe working conditions, harassment or illegal policies at your workplace, you do have rights. You can fight back through a legal claim.
- Work accidents. Workplace accidents can result in months or even a lifetime of pain as well as high medical bills and lost wages. Insurance may protect workers from financial losses following an on-the-job injury, but often injured workers have to collaborate with attorneys to get the fair compensation they deserve.
- Contracts. Contract disputes can last for months and can affect an organization’s productivity, reputation and profitability. If your organization is affected by contract disputes, labor lawyers can help negotiate or mediate problems as well as seek severance or compensation packages for affected employees.
- Wrongful termination. In many cases, Pennsylvania workers who are not protected by unions or contracts can be fired for any reason or for no reason at all. However, when workers are given the pink slip as a form of retaliation or discrimination, workers may have a legal claim.
- FMLA. The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is meant to offer unpaid leave to workers who have a qualified family or medical emergency. FMLA leave is supposed to protect the worker’s job, and if employers fire a worker on this type of protected leave, employees may be able to pursue a legal claim.
- Sexual Harassment. Inappropriate sexual advances, sexualized comments, abuse, threats or sexual coercion can all be classified as sexual harassment. In many cases, employees are able to fight back by working with a labor law attorney.
- ADA. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is meant to protect qualified workers with a disability from harassment and discrimination. Unfortunately, some employers are still not welcoming or accepting of disabled workers in the workplace. When this happens, a qualified employment law attorney can pursue a claim and compensation on behalf of the employee.
- Class Action Lawsuits. In many cases, labor law claims involve an individual employee and the company. However, in some cases where employers discriminate against groups of people or provide an unsafe workplace, class-action lawsuits may be used to allow groups of employees with a similar complaint to file a claim together.
Deciding to Pursue a Claim
The decision to call a labor law attorney and file a claim against an employer is a difficult one. Workers often worry about retaliation or about hurting their employment or career chances. If you have a labor issue and would like legal support, the labor lawyers at McCarthy Weisberg Cummings have more than 40 years of combined experience.
We understand how terrifying it can be to launch a claim against a company or employer, and we do all we can to make the process as painless as possible for our clients. We believe employees have the right to safe, fair workplaces, and we have advocated for years to bring justice to wronged employees in Harrisburg and across Pennsylvania. If you have suffered discrimination, harassment or are struggling with a contract dispute, contact us to discuss your case.