Employment Law

The rights of the American worker and employee are nowadays taken for granted, but it took several decades of lobbying by those representing the labor pool to have a voice in the bureaucracy. It was only in 1913 that the Department of Labor was formed as signed into law by outgoing president Taft; prior to that labor issues were handled by the Bureau of Labor which was under the Department of Interior.

Today, employment law is a highly complex field of practice which is in general pro-labor. Among the more important, and indeed one of the first provisions in employment law is the minimum wage and overtime pay aspects. Originally, the regular work week was pegged at 44 hours, and was later reduced to 40 hours a week, but some employers still try to circumvent the law and neglect to pay the time-and-half required by law for work done in excess of 40 weeks. An article on the website of Wisconsin-based labor law firm Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. point out that employees are often not aware when they are owed overtime pay, and this may constitute a substantial amount if accumulated over time.

Another protection enforced by the Department of Labor is workplace discrimination. According to the website of Ross Law Group located in Houston, Texas, this is something that persists to this very day, and may be based on sex, age, race, ethnicity, disability, and so on. Under the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), workplace discrimination carries significant sanctions for the employer and his or her agents.

When employment law is involved, the biggest mistake someone who seeks redress for some complaint is to try to do it on their own. The layman would not have the knowledge or experience to prepare and present a case to the EEOC properly, and may end up losing the case even if the claim is legitimate and with a sound basis in law. That would be a waste. Most labor lawyers work on a contingent fee basis, so it is in the firm’s interest to win all their cases and will invest heavily into that.

If you believe that your employer has treated you unfairly, contact an employment lawyer today to learn more about your options.

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