Employment Law FAQ
Although a need of the hour, employment law is not taught at schools. So, when serious matters involving employee rights arise in the workplace, you may not have the right answers. We at The Wood Law Office, LLC, understand this all too well. So, we have answered some frequently asked questions about employee rights for you.
What constitutes sexual harassment in the workplace?
Any behavior can qualify as sexual harassment. Requesting sexual favors, offering workplace benefits in exchange for sexual favors, making unwelcome comments about someone else’s appearance or touching someone inappropriately constitutes sexual harassment.
How can I tell if I’ve been discriminated against at work?
It is not always easy to tell if you were the victim of discrimination. If someone takes negative action against you because of your race, gender, religion, nation of origin or other protected class, it may be discrimination. Discriminatory behavior can occur through “jokes,” promotion denial, scheduling conflicts or other negative actions by someone in the office.
What constitutes wrongful termination?
Most states make it legal for employers to let an employee go “at will.” This means that employers do not need to give an employee a reason to fire them. Despite this, it is still possible to wrongfully terminate an employee. If the termination resulted from retaliation for whistleblowing, an act of discrimination or a contract violation, it might be a wrongful termination.
When can I use unpaid leaves under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)?
Federal law gives certain employees FMLA benefits under specific circumstances. Some of these events include recovering from a severe health problem, childbirth, caring for an infant, caring for someone in dire health conditions or other serious matters.
What is the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)?
The FLSA ensures that employees who qualify for under the act earn minimum wage and overtime pay when necessary. The FLSA is a standard tool in wage claim cases to protect the employee’s income. If you want to know more about how the FLSA can benefit your claim for fair payment, speak with an attorney.
How Can I Protect Myself?
If you feel your employee rights are threatened, contact our Chicago office right away. Call 312-554-8600 to schedule your initial consultation, or email us here. We have extensive experience in defending employee rights, and we are prepared to do the same for you.