Many workers take for granted their relationships with their employers until something goes wrong. Wrongful termination, sexual harassment, employment discrimination and retaliation, and non-compete agreements are all serious legal issues that may arise during the course of your employment. When trouble strikes at work, an employment lawyer is the one to call.
Wrongful termination is when a worker is fired, or let go, from their employment for an illegal reason. If you were fired from your employment for an illegal reason, a lawyer is essential to making sure you are compensated fairly for your lost earnings and restored to your rightful position. Lawyers know that while most workers are not guaranteed a job indefinitely or promotions at set intervals, employers are not allowed to discriminate against specific individuals in hiring, firing, and promotion decisions based on that person’s race, religion, gender, national origin, and other protected categories. An employment attorney can help you understand your rights and fight for the compensation you deserve.
If you were harmed by employment discrimination, such as being turned down for a job in favor of a lesser applicant based on a protected category, you should contact an employment attorney without delay. An employment lawyer may be able to help you win damages, including back pay and restored job position, or severance money for fired whistleblowers.
Sexual harassment involves unwanted sexual advances or obscene comments and innuendo. If you were the victim of sexual harassment at your place of work, or if your coworker, manager, or boss retaliated against you for notifying them of such wrongdoing at your workplace, you need a qualified employment attorney to protect your best interests. A skilled employment attorney will explain to you the difference between office socializing and sexual harassment. An employment attorney can help you understand when the actions of your coworker or boss may have been illegal.
A non-compete agreement (or ‘covenant not to compete’) is often included in employment contracts by a company’s attorney in order to limit the competition they will meet from a former employee who was trained by their company or firm, or who develops a network of business contacts while at that company. A non-compete agreement is for a stipulated time period and is enforceable in a given geographic area. While Pennsylvania law recognizes certain legitimate parameters for a non-compete clause, an employment attorney can help you understand when the non-compete agreement you signed may be too broad to be enforced.
Steven Auerbach is an employment lawyer, handling cases in Abington, Haverford, Horsham, Lower Merion, Norristown, Radnor, Ridley, Springfield, Upper Darby, and Upper Merion, Pennsylvania and the surrounding area.