Employment and Labor Law
Workplace rights affect nearly every individual, either directly or indirectly. Diverse and complicated, employment law encompasses both state and federal laws establishing the rights and obligations of employers and employees in the employment relationship. At the Sanford Law Firm we handle a variety of employment law issues including:
FLSA/Wage and Hour Cases
The Fair Labor and Standards Act, enacted to law in 1938, instituted a national minimum wage for employees, and guaranteed that employees who worked overtime receive time and a half in pay for certain jobs.
Violations of the FLSA
- Failure to pay minimum wage
- Misclassification of employees as independent contractors
- Misclassification of hourly employees as salaried thereby denying them overtime pay
- Failure to pay otherwise exempt employees on a salary basis
- Failure to pay overtime
- Failure to pay for “Off-the-clock” time worked
- Failure to pay for time required for changing into and out of uniforms
- Failure to pay for working through meals
- Denied reimbursements
- Miscalculated commissions and bonuses
- Tip pooling
If you believe you have been affected by an FLSA violation, you have 2 years to file for recovery of back pay under the FLSA unless the violation is willful, in which case a 3-year statute of limitations applies instead. The most common remedy under FLSA is to seek damages in the form of back pay for time owed. If the Court finds that the violation was intentional, an employee may be entitled to double damages.
Discrimination in the Workplace
Sex, race, age, religion and/or disability are protected classifications under federal law. If you have been a victim of workplace discrimination based on one of the above characteristics, call us to schedule a consultation.
Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
Every worker, male or female, has the right to be free of sexual harassment by employers and fellow workers in the workplace. If you are the victim of unwelcome sexual advances at your place of employment, or are working in a hostile work environment, you are entitled to relief and redress. Call us to schedule a consultation.
Contracting in the Workplace
If you are an employee, you have rights and obligations arising out of the employer/employee contractual relationship. Our experienced employment attorneys can help you discover and enforce your legal contractual rights in individual claims related to employment agreements, employment contracts, layoffs and severance agreements, and others. Call us to schedule a consultation.
You have a right to be free from retaliation at work when you bring illegal actions or practices to light. Whistleblowers deserve experienced attorneys to protect and defend their rights. Call us to schedule a consultation.