Employment Law

If you feel your rights as an employee have been violated, it is important to speak with an attorney; many employment-related laws have very strict deadlines, some as short as 6 months. 

Federal law and Indiana law afford certain rights to workers such as:

  • Minimum Wage/Overtime

Workers are entitled to compensation for all time worked.  However, some employers fail to pay for certain compensable tasks, such as dressing/undressing, roll call, working mealtimes, and travel between worksites.  Some employers also fail to keep accurate records of wages and hours.  If you feel your employer is violating any overtime or minimum wage law, please call to discuss this with an attorney.

  • Worker’s Compensation

If you are injured on-the-job, you are generally entitled to certain medical, wage, and lump-sum benefits.  However, it is best to consult a lawyer prior to fiing your application for adjustment with the state.  Certainly, if your claim is denied by your employer’s insurance company, we recommend hiring legal counsel to assist in pursuing your entitled benefits.

  • Non-Discrimination

Both Federal law and Indiana law protect workers from employment discrimination based upon race, color, religion, national origin, disability, or age.  If you feel you suffered some adverse action, such as firing, failure to hire, denial of promotion, lack of training, or transfer of position, due to this type of discrimination, you may be entitled to recover actual and statutory damages.

  • Unemployment

If your employer is objecting to your collecting unemployment benefits, your case will be set for a hearing.  It is important to treat this hearing seriously.  Basically, it is a small trial: witnesses and exhibits are considered by the hearing officer, and the hearing officer’s decision is binding upon the parties.  It is best to have legal counsel in order to be fully prepared for your hearing.

 

BUT REMEMBER:

“Federal law does not guarantee a utopian workplace, or even a pleasant one. If the workplace is unsavory for any reason other than hostility generated on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, disability, or religion, no federal claim is implicated. In short, personality conflicts between employees are not the business of the federal courts.”

 

VORE v. INDIANA BELL TELEPHONE COMPANY, INC. 

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