Bruce Law Group, LLC – Employment Law
A healthy and safe work environment is what every employee deserves. Most employers treat their employees with respect, and co-workers generally have a good working relationship with one another. However, there are always occasions where employers and employees commit acts of wrongdoing. At Bruce Law Group, LLC, our attorneys help clients resolve employment disputes when they have been harmed. Our attorneys handle a variety of employment-related matters, as described below.
Whistleblower/Qui Tam Claims
If you find out that your employer has committed fraud, and therefore have direct knowledge of the fraud, you may be able to file a lawsuit on behalf of the United States government to recover money that was obtained as a result of the fraud. This type of lawsuit is called a qui tam
that is governed by the United States False Claims Act. The person disclosing the fraudulent information that is not publicly known is called a “whistleblower.” Further, the whistleblower may receive up to thirty percent of the money that is recovered by the United States. If you have personal knowledge that fraudulent conduct is occurring, and do not know how to disclose this information, a qui tam action is a way to safely disclose such fraudulent information.
Sexual Harassment Claims
There has been a crackdown on the amount of sexual harassment incidents that occur in the workplace. Many employers now have very strict policies and procedures against any conduct that could be considered sexual harassment. This includes anything from inappropriate sexual remarks to unwanted touching, to being generally bothered by a co-worker’s conduct. It is hopeful that the incidence of sexual harassment will decrease however, there is no way to guarantee that the conduct will ever go away completely. If you are the victim of sexual harassment, you should speak with the attorneys of Bruce Law Group, LLC, especially if you have complained above the sexual harassment to your employer, and nothing has been done about it.
The current state of our economy is extremely fragile and those who are employed are lucky to have a job. However, even those people with jobs right now may be cheated and taken advantage of. If you have not been paid the wages you deserve, you may have a valid cause of action against your employer for unpaid wages. Even when times are tough for your employer, you should not suffer the consequences by working hard and not receiving compensation for such work.
All employees have the right to work in an environment that is free from discrimination, such as discrimination based on religion, gender, and race. If you have been the victim of workplace discrimination, you should speak with the attorneys of Bruce Law Group, LLC. Employers have a duty to monitor the conduct of their employees, and if reports of discrimination go unnoticed or are ignored, victims may have a cause of action against their employers and could receive compensation.
Many employer/employee agreements are “at will,” which simply means that the employer and employee are not bound by certain restrictions. For example, if you have signed an employment agreement that guarantees you will be working for the employer for at least one year, this is not an “at will” arrangement. Even with at will arrangements, employers cannot terminate their employees illegally. Examples of wrongful termination include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Being terminated or laid off in violation of a state or federal law;
- Being terminated in violation of constitutional rights;
- Being terminated in violation of the employer’s own policies and procedures;
- Being terminated in violation of certain provisions of the Fair Credit Reporting Act or Bankruptcy Act; and
- Being terminated in retaliation for complaining of workplace sexual harassment and/or workplace discrimination.
If you believe you have been wrongfully terminated, you should seek the assistance of Bruce Law Group, LLC right away. Our attorneys can determine if you have been terminated in violation of Kentucky law or federal law. We will thoroughly investigate all facts of your termination to determine if your employer has committed any wrongdoing. If your employer has wrongfully terminated you, you may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit.
Occupational Health and Safety Hazards
If you work in an environment where you are exposed to dangerous conditions, your employer must comply with certain state and federal laws to ensure the workplace is as safe as possible. For example, if you work with dangerous chemicals that require you to wear protective gear such as googles, gloves, and/or respirators, then your employer must provide such protective gear for you. Many times, local, state and federal agencies will inspect businesses to ensure all safety laws are being followed. If you are harmed as a result of your employer failing to follow safety laws, then you may be entitled to compensation.
Employment law is very broad and encompasses many different types of issues. Some issues relate to financial loss, some relate to emotion harm, and some relate to physical harm. You need attorneys by your side to advocate for your rights to ensure you are receiving the compensation or retribution that you deserve. Many employers get away with misconduct and one way in which such conduct can be deterred is for harmed employees to speak up and fight for their rights. Bruce Law Group, LLC can do that for you.
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