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Employees Have Rights in Pennsylvania

The Law Offices of Going and Plank are experienced in helping employees fight unfair and illegal employment practices, including discrimination, contract violation, unfair termination, Family Leave and Medical Act (FLMA) violations, harassment, hostile workplaces, retaliation issues, unemployment disputes, and more. If you suspect that your job, income, benefits, professional advancement, or safety in the workplace is being jeopardized unfairly, it may be time to take legal action. If you feel you are facing unfair or illegal practices in your workplace, click here to contact an employee rights lawyer from Going and Plank.

Unemployment Compensation

If you lose your job through no fault of your own, you may be eligible for unemployment compensation. If you believe you are eligible but have been denied, let us help you appeal that decision. If your employer has appealed your eligibility, let us help you defend it. Contact us now to discuss your legal options.

Severance Agreement Negotiation

If you have been presented with a severance agreement, you must also be allowed time to have an attorney review it. Before signing your severance agreement, contact our legal professionals at Going and Plank. We’ll help you negotiate the terms of your severance, secure the maximum severance to which you are entitled, and protect your rights.

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Discrimination

Employees are protected against discrimination by many federal and state laws, including discrimination based on sex or gender, age, race, color, national origin, disability, pregnancy, caregiving responsibilities, sexual orientation, and political affiliation. While many workplace infractions fall below the legal definition of discrimination, the law explicitly prohibits a variety of discriminatory actions including failure to hire, failure to promote, failure to protect from ongoing and known harassment by co-workers or supervisors, and termination. An employee rights lawyer from Going and Plank will help you evaluate your case and recommend appropriate legal actions. Contact us today to find out if your issues should be addressed with legal actions.

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Issues

While many people associate The Family and Medical Leave Act with pregnancy, it applies to a broader variety of caretaking responsibilities including elder care. Family responsibility discrimination occurs when employers form biases about how employees with caregiving responsibilities will or should act. When a child is born, or a family member requires caretaking, employers may make workplace decisions with discriminatory biases, such as assuming that the employee will become unreliable or less dedicated to the job. The employee rights law attorney from Going and Plank helps employees in Lancaster County and Central PA work through family responsibility discrimination by providing legal counsel, letters, thorough documentation, and injunctions when needed. Contact us today to learn more about your legal options.

Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) Violations

According to The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), employers may not discriminate against an individual with a qualifying disability, nor may the employer deny the employee a reasonable workplace accommodation that would allow the employee to perform his or her job. If you suspect your employer is not complying with ADA regulations, it’s time to contact the expert legal resources at Going and Plank.

Wage and Hour Disputes

Many employees feel intimidated or fearful when it comes to issues related to pay. However, some employers do not comply with the standards laid out in The Fair Labor Standards Act, The Pennsylvania Wage Payment and Collection Law, The Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Law, and The Pennsylvania Equal Pay Law. Common issues include illegal tip-sharing, forfeiting bonuses or commissions, overtime issues, unfair or unexpected deductions in pay, unpaid wait time, and the requirement to respond to requests and calls after hours without compensation. If you suspect your employer is guilty of violating wage and hour laws, an employment lawyer from Going and Plank may be able to get a court order that covers your wage losses and your attorney fees. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

Sexual Harassment Claims

Sexual harassment in the workplace includes unwelcome comments, physical advances, or offensive comments about your gender at the workplace. Most compensation comes in the form of “pain and suffering” awards and “punitive damage” awards. However, if you suspect that sexual harassment is a factor in being denied a raise, refused a promotion, or fired, you may be entitled to back pay and compensation for lost benefits. Going and Plank may be able to get a court order that covers your wage losses and your attorney fees. Contact us now to discuss your legal options.

Hostile Work Environment

When someone’s behavior, actions, or communication make it impossible for you to effectively do your job, you may be in a hostile work environment. Companies may face legal retribution if their actions or behavior discriminate against a protected classification, including race, sex or gender, religion, disability, or age. If the acts were severe or frequent enough to interfere with your work or career progression, or if you believed you had to tolerate the behavior to remain employed, it may qualify as a hostile work environment. Employers are also obligated to swiftly address reported issues. If employers are aware of issues and don’t take action, they may be held liable. If you believe you are in a hostile work environment, click here to contact an experienced employee rights lawyer from Going and Plank.

Unfair Employment Contracts and Agreements

Many employers ask new employees to sign contracts and agreements at the beginning of their employment. These may include employment agreements, non-compete covenants, non-disclosure or confidentiality agreements, and employee handbooks. Some employers depend on the fact that few employees have a lawyer review these materials before signing. These employers take advantage of a new hire’s goodwill to include clauses that make it difficult for you to find your next job or ask for damages. Some employers omit the benefits and conditions promised to you when hired. Before you sign any type of employment contract, ask an employee rights lawyer from Going and Plank to review your contract, so we can identify issues that may work unfairly against you. Click here to contact an employee rights lawyer today. 

Discrimination or Retaliation Following a Claim

Taking a legal action against your employer can be intimidating. Many people fear professional retaliation from supervisors, partners, owners, or other co-workers. However, an employee rights lawyer from Going and Plank can help you enforce the state and federal laws that protect employees who have filed a workers’ comp claim, reported a whistleblower, filed a harassment claim, took time off in accordance with FMLA, have requested ADA compliance, or took legal action to enforce a contract or protect your rights. It’s unlawful to refuse to hire, demote, transfer to undesirable job duties, or terminate employees because they took actions to protect their employee rights. Going and Plank can help protect you against unfair treatment or retaliation. If you suspect you’re being penalized for a claim or legal action you made against your employer, contact us today.

Know Your Rights. Protect Your Rights.

Sometimes you don’t have the ability to fix workplace issues without legal help. Contact Going and Plank if:

  • You need assistance dealing with unemployment compensation
  • You need assistance in negotiating a severance agreement
  • You feel you are being treated unfairly because of your race, sex or gender, religion, disability, or age
  • You are being sexually harassed
  • You are being paid unfairly or illegally
  • Your employer refuses to address hostile workplace issues
  • Your employer is not providing you with the tools you need to do your job as outlined in the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Your employer is pressuring you to sign a contract that is not to your benefit
  • Your employer is not honoring employment contracts
  • You are suffering retaliation because you reported abuse or filed a legal claim
  • You are suffering retaliation because you took Family or Medical Leave as outlined in the FMLA

 

Going and Plank has decades of experience helping employees protect their rights in Lancaster and throughout South Central Pennsylvania. Contact us today.

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