Over the past several decades, the workplace in the United States has become increasingly regulated. Dozens of federal and state statutes, such as the Family Medical Leave Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, Occupational Safety and Health Act, and the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, set forth strict guidelines on employment procedures which impact both employers and employees. With the web of federal, state and local regulations becoming more complex, it is important that you consult an experienced employment lawyer regarding all workplace-related issues.
Understanding and obtaining your rights in the workplace can be challenging and intimidating. With counsel on staff and human resources teams on site, the legal resources available to employers often exceed those available to the individual employee. We understand the legal tactics used by small and large employers and are able to provide effective counsel to employees to help protect their rights.
Our firm is available to review your employment agreement, including assessing the terms of salary, commission, bonuses, non-solicitation covenants and non-compete agreements which may be included. If the terms of this agreement are unsuitable or inequitable, we will assist you in the negotiations or even litigation to amend the terms of the contract.
If you have been wrongfully terminated or victimized by unlawful business practices, our lawyers will work with you to ensure that you receive the compensation that you deserve. In addition to representing employees who have suffered from breach of contract claims, wrongful discharge and various employment torts, we have extensive experience in discrimination claims.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1974 prohibits employers from discriminating against employees because of race, color, religion, sex or national origin. Despite the efforts of the federal and state government to outlaw these unfair practices, employment discrimination continues to persist in many workplaces. If you think you have been the victim of discrimination at work, you should contact an experienced attorney immediately. Our firm can work with you to determine if there are grounds for a Title VII claim, assess damages and determine just compensation, draft the necessary documents, and represent you in all trial proceedings.
With increased federal and state employment regulations, it is becoming more challenging to manage the workplace. To avoid potentially costly mistakes, small and large companies should seek legal counsel when considering personnel policy. Our employment law firm offers preventative counseling to employers assisting with the preparation and review of employment policies and manuals to ensure compliance with state and federal law. We can also assist in the creation of non-compete agreements, wage and hour determination and termination process.
As part of our employment preventative counseling, our experienced attorneys can design and lead training for your management on employment policy and provide you with required materials for your staff on anti-discrimination regulations.
If there are claims made against your company, we are experienced in employment litigation, and our attorneys can represent you in Equal Employment Opportunity Hearings and throughout Department of Labor investigations. In these instances, we will prepare the necessary documentation, contact the appropriate authorities and represent you at all hearings.
In addition to the foregoing, as part of Younger & Associate’s commitment to assist its clients in avoiding unnecessary litigation, the firm provides neutral, independent, and confidential work place investigation services in a wide array of issues including all forms of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, employee classification and compensation plans, accommodations relating to disability or medical conditions or religious practices, as well as compliance with state and federal leaves of absence statutes.
Our experienced counselors work closely with employers to conduct neutral and objecting work place investigations designed to seek out a fair and balanced account of the facts and circumstances regarding the alleged malfeasance, and, if necessary, establish the basis for a vigorous defense of the charges and claims. Younger & Associate has previously conducted workplace investigations of:
- allegations relating to Sexual Discrimination and Harassment
- allegations relating to Age Discrimination and Harassment
- allegations relating to Disability (or perceived Disability) Discrimination and Harassment
- allegations relating to Race, Nationality, and Ethnicity Discrimination and Harassment
- allegations relating to Sexual Orientation Discrimination and Harassment
- allegations relating to purported corporate or supervisory Retaliation against Employees
- allegations relating to Wage and Hour Compliance and/or PAGA violations
- allegations relating to other misconduct on the part of co-workers, supervisors, managers, or the company
Moreover, our veteran practitioners routinely review, analyze, and evaluate company compensation and exempt classification practices, so as to provide practical advice and common sense solutions in ensuring compliance with state and federal wage and hour laws. This also includes an examination of the companies’ leave of absence and return to work policies and recommendations as to proper and effective implementation.
At Younger & Associates our goal is to create and environment for our clients’ businesses to grow, thrive, and expand. Accordingly, although we are experienced and seasoned trial attorneys, we are equally committed to providing our clients’ proactive plans that promote a positive outcome for their businesses that avoids the costs and uncertainty of litigation. In doing so, we are mindful to be responsive and flexible in working with our clients to meet their goals