Seattle Employment Law Attorneys
You may have faced a situation at your workplace that made you feel uncomfortable or unsafe. You may have been victimized, discriminated against, or faced inappropriate behavior from a coworker or supervisor. You may have encountered a situation where your boss made you feel uncomfortable and thought you had to continue to suffer shame and embarrassment because of limited job opportunities. If you have been treated unfairly, or wrongfully lost your job, help and resources are available. Premier Law Group’s employment law attorneys are here to give you answers to your questions as you fight for your right to fair treatment from your employer.
Types of Employment Cases
There are several areas of the law that protect workers’ rights. Knowing what these are can make all the difference in winning your fight for justice. See the linked categories below for details regarding each type of employment case.
- Wrongful Termination – If you’ve been terminated as a result of discrimination based on your ethnicity, age, gender, religion, or sexual harassment, then you have an opportunity to regain your job status and lost wages.
- Wage and Hour Disputes – If you are aware of the inequitable pay rate you have been receiving since you started your job or transferred to another position, you can obtain legal help to recover compensation that may be owed to you. Compensation areas can include hourly rates, overtime, and training time.
- Retaliation – If you were harassed, terminated, or encountered a negative action from your employer which can be proven, an employment issue attorney can work with you to fight your case.
- Family and Medical Leave Act Claims – If you’ve been denied approval of a FMLA request and your situation falls under the legal categories that permit time off work, you have a right to insist upon fair treatment and protection of your job while off work.
- Sexual Harassment – Experiencing, sexual harassment is never acceptable and should not be tolerated especially while on your job. If you believe you have a sexual harassment case, an employment attorney can help protect your rights as a worker particularly against sexual advances including rape and assault, exposure to sexual images, and inappropriate verbal and nonverbal communication.
- Coercive Sexual Conduct – This category also covers inappropriate sexual behavior. However, victims are forced into compromising situations which cause fear regarding their job security. This type of behavior can cause prolonged stress especially when not dealt with after the first occurrence. Nevertheless, legal help is available to put an end to such behavior.
- Severance Agreement and Packages – Before you sign an employers’ severance agreement, be sure an employment attorney reviews the documents to ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
- Employment Contracts and Contract Review – Employment contracts can create transparency between employer and employee. But before you sign, be sure a knowledgeable attorney has read the fine print to ensure there are no employment dangers down the road.
- Disability Discrimination – Disability discrimination occurs when an employer engages in verbal or physical activities that create a hostile environment. Disability discrimination can occur from a coworker, a supervisor, at work, at school, and in the public sector.
- Age Discrimination – Washington state laws prohibit workplace age discrimination. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) protects certain applicants and employees 40 years of age and older from discrimination on the basis of age in hiring, promotion, discharge, compensation, or terms, conditions or privileges of employment. If you feel you have been treated unfairly due to age discrimination, contact our employment lawyers to get the fair treatment you deserve.
- Pregnancy Discrimination in the Workplace – The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) prohibits discrimination against an employee for pregnancy, childbirth, and similar medical conditions. If you feel you have been treated unfairly due to pregnancy, contact our employment lawyers to get the fair treatment you deserve.
- Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) – The ADA protects disabled persons rights’ to equal opportunity in the workplace, at buildings, and with public transportation. If you feel your rights have been violated, there is help!
How our employment law process works
Many employment law attorneys will offer a “free consultation” that is little more than a fancy sales pitch. But, when you’re having trouble with your employer, you don’t have time to waste. You need to get a game plan ready, take action, and move on with your life.
The First Step: Consultations
Most of our clients resolve their employment issues with just this easy and affordable step. We offer two no-nonsense plans for people experiencing wage and hour issues, employment contract disputes, and harassment at their workplace:
- For $350, you’ll get a full hour with one of our experienced employment attorneys who will listen to your case and give you the information you need based on the specific issues and concerns you are facing at your job.
- For $500, you’ll get the full hour of consultation, plus a review of your documents. Documents may include your severance package, employment contract, non-compete agreement, or any other legal documents related to your employment situation so you can cut through the legalese and clearly understand your rights and what you have the power to negotiate.
The Next Step: Litigation
Employment disputes can usually be worked out between the employee and employer. However, sometimes taking a case to trial is the only option. After your consultation, our attorney might determine that your case is worth taking to trial. If you agree and hire PLG to represent you in court, our fee changes to a contingency fee structure. A contingency fee means that our fee is based on how much we get for you (typically 1/3 if the case settles or 40% if the case goes to trial). If we are able to win money for you, we will refund your consultation fee.
What does this look like in a typical case? Here’s an example. Susan feels she is being harassed at work. She calls PLG and schedules an appointment with Patrick. Patrick carefully listens to her story, asking questions for clarification. After he hears her story, he informs Susan of her legal rights, and then presents her with several options: She can take immediate action in her workplace to either solve the problem or protect her interests if a trial should be necessary. At this point, Susan may be able to act on the game plan that she and Patrick discussed in the consultation and her problems with her employer may resolve. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. The next day, Patrick calls Susan and tells her he thinks she has a case worth taking to trial. She agrees and signs the paperwork in Patrick’s office. After several months of litigation, Susan ends up with a $50,000 settlement. Patrick collects his 40% fee, and refunds Susan her $350 consultation fee. For coming in to have her case reviewed, Susan ends up with relief from the problems she’s been having at work, plus a $30,350 settlement.
Delays Can Damage Your Case
If you are considering taking action against an employer or former employer, time is critical. Statute of limitations laws narrowly define the amount of time from an incident that you have to commit to a course of action. The employment law attorneys at Premier Law Group understand the stress and embarrassment that is associated with workplace harassment. You don’t have to continue to be a victim of your employer’s intimidating behavior. An employment attorney will work hard to uncover evidence that can support your workplace harassment claims. You shouldn’t take a chance of jeopardizing your job or rights as an employee. Premier Law Group has successfully represented clients with employment issue cases in Seattle, Bellevue, and all of Washington and can help you. If you would like to obtain legal services immediately, please feel free to contact us by phone, email, or submit the online request form today.