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Various federal, state, and local employment laws are in place to protect the rights of workers. Unfortunately, not all employers follow these laws, and they sometimes get away with it. Usually, the reason for this is that most employees don’t know their legal rights and don’t know what to do if a dispute arises. Employment attorneys can help employees and employers work together to resolve their employment matters. 

Common Employment Matters That Can Lead to Various Disputes

Employees and job applicants have certain legal protections and rights to safeguard their welfare. While federal labor laws set the standard, most states have adopted employment laws that offer extra protections for workers. When employers violate these laws, employees have the right to file a complaint against them. 

Common grievances that can lead to complaints with the Indiana Department of Labor (DOL), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), or in civil court include: 

  • Employment Discrimination – It is unlawful for employers to discriminate against job applicants or employees for specific characteristics, including age, medical condition, gender, race, sexual orientation, color, national origin, disability, ancestry, and veteran status. 
  • Wage and Hour Violations – Employers are legally required to pay employees no less than the local minimum wage, give overtime pay to employees when they work for more than 40 hours a week, and follow other wage and hour rules
  • Wrongful Termination – Employees cannot be terminated for a protected characteristic or in retaliation for filing a complaint against their employers.
  • Workplace Harassment – Workplace harassment creates a hostile work environment for employees. It is also illegal. It can include slurs, offensive jokes, name-calling, intimidation, sexual harassment, bullying, physical threats or assaults, mockery, ridicule, insults, interfering with work performance, and offensive photos or objects. 

If you believe that your employer has violated your rights or failed to protect you, discuss your case with an Indiana employment attorney right away. There are time limits for filing complaints, and you risk losing your right to pursue damages if you fail to file your complaint within the filing deadline. 

Employers Need Legal Guidance, Too

When running your business, you could face a broad range of legal challenges and employment issues, from wrongful terminal complaints to pay disputes and discrimination claims, among many others. Since confusion and errors regarding legal responsibilities and rights can easily drain your resources, you must talk to an attorney right away. When employment disputes escalate to lawsuits, the expenses can rise exponentially. 

When you work with an Indiana employment attorney, they can review your company policies and practices to make sure that you’re compliant with local and federal laws. They can also defend you against claims made by previous and current employees.

Get Legal Help From a Top Indiana Employment Attorney

To better understand the specific federal, local, and state employment laws that may apply to your situation, reach out to Andrews & Crell, PC, today. Timing is especially vital in most employment cases, so whether you are an employee who wants to hold your employer liable for violating your rights or an employer in need of legal guidance, our Indiana employment attorney can help. Set up a case evaluation with our Indiana employment attorney by contacting us online or calling us. 

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