employment law

The area of practice known as employment law covers the rights, obligations, and responsibilities within the employer-employee relationship-from wages and workplace safety to discrimination and wrongful termination. Employment lawyers typically specialize in representing either employers or employees, but rarely both. Those who represent employees might assist unions or work directly with employees to file lawsuits against employers or negotiate settlements for a wide range of grievances.
 
Employees and job interviewees have certain rights and protections, such as the right to not be discriminated against; the right to be paid in accordance with the law; and the right to take leave for family and medical reasons. While federal employment laws set the standard, many states have implemented workplace laws that provide additional protection for employees.

Many employers are “equal opportunity.” If a company discriminates or harasses an employee or applicant, this can be considered a criminal action. Age, race, gender, disability, sexual preference and other factors can be harassed or discriminated in the workplace. Civil and criminal charges can be pursued against the employer violating such laws.

Despite the Civil Rights Act of 1964, workplace discrimination on the basis of race still occurs in the United States. Not only is is grossly illegal for an employer to discriminate based on race, but it is also illegal to discriminate because of who an employee is married to or spends time with. Proving racial discrimination can be challenging, therefore, it’s best that you consult with an attorney before taking legal action.

Similar to racial discrimination, gender discrimination is protected under federal law. Also similar is the extent to which some employers break this law. Employers are required by law to pay both male and female employees the same if they have the same job with the same responsibilities in the same environment. The subtleties of how Kansas and Missouri rule these types of cases is key, and hiring a workers’ compensation attorney familiar with both states should be your number one priority.

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