Whether you love your job or see it as necessary to earn a living, knowing your rights as an employee is essential to protecting yourself while employed. When faced with a situation that seems illegal, you may not understand why you should enlist the assistance of an employment attorney. The following blog explores instances in which you should consider consulting a lawyer and what the benefits of a Providence County, Rhode Island employment lawyer are.
Why Do I Need an Employment Attorney?
There are a considerable number of situations that require the assistance of an employment attorney.
One of the most prevalent, unfortunately, is due to the fact that many workers face discrimination and harassment at work. Whenever an employer treats someone differently based on protected characteristics, such as race, gender, ethnicity, or sexual orientation among other factors, it warrants discrimination. This is illegal and requires the assistance of an experienced attorney.
Another reason an employee may want to consult an attorney is due to violations regarding the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). This federal law requires eligible employers to comply with those who must take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave during a year for valid reasons. When an employer does not allow you to take this time, it is likely an unlawful violation.
Why Is It Beneficial to Have One on My Side?
Whether you were wrongfully terminated or subjected to a hostile work environment, an attorney can help. Not only will they be able to investigate the claims, examine the evidence, and help argue your case, but they also can help you receive compensation for the violations.
For example, if you were wrongfully terminated, they may be able to calculate the damages by determining how much income you lost s a result. An attorney may also be able to help argue that you should receive non-economic compensation, such as humiliation due to the nature in which you were fired, as well as any anxiety and depression that may arise as a side effect from your inability to get job offers because you were terminated.
Unfortunately, trying to navigate these complex legal matters on your own can often have unpleasant results. As an employment lawyer is familiar with the laws in Rhode Island, the average employee may not be as knowledgeable about their rights, meaning they will be far less successful. As such, trying to proceed with this complicated process may result in you failing to receive the compensation you are entitled to.
If you have experienced unlawful actions from your employer, it’s essential to contact an experienced lawyer from the Herman Law Group as soon as possible. Our dedicated legal team believes that all employees should be treated fairly and in accordance with the law. Contact us today to learn how we can assist you.