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Employers have a responsibility to treat employees fairly and to compensate them in accordance with federal and state laws. These labor laws are in place to protect employees from misconduct and unfair employment practices. Labor law violations are a serious matter that should be handled by a knowledgeable and experienced attorney.

At Mincey Fitzpatrick Ross, we represent employees who have been wronged by their employers. We strive to protect the rights of workers throughout the Greater Philadelphia Area. If you have experienced any form of mistreatment in the workplace, our team can help right the wrongs against you.

Have your rights as an employee been violated? Call Mincey Fitzpatrick Ross, LLC today at (215) 550-1999 or contact us online to see how we can help!

What is Workplace Discrimination?

Discrimination in the workplace is an all-too-common occurrence. Under both federal and state law, it is illegal for an employer to discriminate against a prospective or current employee based on race, religion, gender, ethnicity, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, or age. It is also illegal for an employer to retaliate against an employee for complaining about discriminatory treatment.

Forms of employment-based discrimination include:

  • Requesting or suggesting preferred candidates in a job listing
  • Excluding potential candidates based on aforementioned personal qualities
  • Denying certain employees the pay they deserve
  • Discrimination when assigning or allowing benefits like maternity or disability leave
  • Passing over certain employees for promotions

If you believe you have experienced any of these forms of discrimination, we encourage you to tell our Philadelphia discrimination lawyers your story during a free consultation. We can assess your situation and determine whether you may have grounds for a lawsuit.

What Qualifies as Sexual Harassment in the Workplace?

Plain and simple, sexual harassment is abuse. Employers, supervisors, and co-workers found guilty of sexual harassment face serious consequences.

Employment law qualifies sexual harassment as either:

  • Hostile workplace sexual harassment: When an employee is subjected to behavior – such as lewd comments, sexist insults, or unwanted physical contact – that creates a hostile work environment
  • Quid pro quo sexual harassment: When an employee is pressured into sexual favors in exchange for benefits, a promotion, etc.

Any instance of sexual harassment is an intolerable abuse of power. If you have been sexually harassed at work, you deserve to seek justice and put a stop to the behavior. Our Philadelphia employment lawyers can help.

Wrongful Termination

Though many workers are “at-will” employees – meaning they can be fired for any legal reason – In Philadelphia employers cannot terminate someone based on race, gender, disability, or any other protected class.

If you believe you have been fired, let go, or laid off unlawfully, Mincey Fitzpatrick Ross can investigate the situation and determine whether there were lawful grounds for termination.

Severance Negotiations

If you have been let go from a job in Pennsylvania, your employer is not technically required to pay you severance under any federal or state laws. The employer is required to pay severance, however, if severance pay was guaranteed in an employment contract you signed when hired.

If you were recently laid off and your employer has offered you a severance package, we encourage you to contact our attorneys before signing anything or accepting the offer. We can help you determine if the offer is good and may even help you negotiate a better severance package.

Family & Medical Leave (FMLA)

Under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), eligible employees are entitled to take unpaid leave from work for family or medical reasons. If your employer has refused to grant you this leave or has replaced you with a new employee during your absence, you may have grounds for a lawsuit. Our employment lawyer in Philadelphia at Mincey Fitzpatrick Ross can help you pursue justice to correct this FMLA violation in Philadelphia.

Contact Mincey Fitzpatrick Ross, LLC by calling (215) 550-1999 for a complimentary case evaluation!

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