Experienced Employment Lawyer Fighting for the Rights of Pennsylvania Employees
Employment law issues are often complicated and time-consuming. Often times those struggling with a workplace dispute feel scared and confused about how to best resolve the problem. Having represented Scranton and Lackawanna County residents since 1950, Thomas J. Jones, Jr., P.C. knows what it takes to ensure you receive the fair and just treatment to which you’re entitled.
Wage & Hour Disputes
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is a federal law governing, among other things, wage and hour disputes throughout the United States. Unfortunately, not all Pennsylvania employers treat their employees with the respect to which they’re entitled. For example, while most Pennsylvanians must be paid overtime compensation for any hours they work beyond the standard 40 hours per week, this does not always happen. Similarly, while no state law exists governing sick leave and/or vacation pay, a Pennsylvania employer is legally required to follow the terms of any and all contracts covering those forms of compensation. If you have reason to believe that your employer is not following previously agreed upon policies, contact an experienced employment law attorney today.
Similar to discriminatory actions in the workplace, it is illegal for an employer to fire an employee based on a protected characteristic — i.e. race, ethnicity, gender, pregnancy, religious views, age, disability and/or citizenship status. Keep in mind,
however, that only employers with a minimum number of employees must comply with these laws. Additionally, if you were a signatory to a written employment contract promising job security, you are no longer considered an “at-will” employee and may be entitled to compensation via a wrongful termination suit.
It is against the law for Pennsylvania employers to discriminate against any employee on the basis of age, gender, ethnicity, religion and/or disability. The state’s anti-discrimination statute covers some smaller employers not covered by the FLSA. For example, if your workplace has between 4 and 14 employees, you should file a complaint with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC). If your workplace has 15 or more employees, you may also file a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), unless your claim is based on a discrimination category not covered under federal law. In any case, it’s in your best interest to consult an employment law attorney as soon as possible.
Sexual harassment is a form of workplace discrimination that violates Title VII of 1964’s Civil Rights Act. Pursuant to federal law, Title VII applies to employers with 15 or more employees. Sexual harassment can take many forms, including unwanted sexual advances and/or requests for sexual favors that either implicitly or explicitly affects a Pennsylvanian’s work environment. These actions can also be considered sexual harassment if or when they unreasonably interfere with an employee’s job performance and/or create an offensive work environment.
Call Thomas J. Jones, Jr., P.C. Today
Going to the office shouldn’t put your physical and/or emotional well-being at risk. If you are currently struggling with an issue pertaining to employment law, such as a wage and hour dispute, workers’ compensation claim, wrongful termination and/or harassment of any kind, contact Thomas J. Jones, Jr., P.C. immediately.