If you are being treated unfairly or mistreated because of any of the attributes below, Goddard Law can help you understand state and federal laws that protect you from such treatment and help you to navigate complaints and lawsuits. If you have filed a complaint or lawsuit based on this type of treatment and then were retaliated against as a result, the law protects you, and Goddard Law is there to get you through it. We have helped many clients receive justice from discrimination, harassment, and retaliation based on all of the following areas.
- Race, color and national origin
- Disability, mental or physical
- Sex or gender
- Sexual harassment
- Sexual orientation and/or gender identity
- Hostile work environment
- Family Leave
- Reasonable accomodation
When you are offered a new job, or your employment is ending, either by choice or not, there are often steps in the process which involve signing agreements or contracts or certifying that you have read and understand the materials given to you. Goddard Law provides representation to help employees understand the terms of their employment or separation and to negotiate the best possible terms for the employee in those situations. Goddard Law also regularly represents employees in actions against their employers when they have been wrongfully terminated. If you need assistance with any of the following, call us today.
- Employment agreements
- Employment rights evaluation
- Wrongful termination
- Releases and waivers
- Severance agreements
- Employee handbooks and policies
Goddard Law can help you navigate disputes with your employer that involve your legal rights to take time off from work for your own medical needs, or to care for a close family member. Call us today if you need help with family or medical leave (FMLA) or similar leave issues.
State and federal laws protect workers from being underpaid, or paid unfairly for the work that they do. Employers may count on their employees’ lack of information to get away with failing to pay salaried employees overtime when they should, failing to give required meal and rest breaks, wrongly classifying an employee as an independent contractor and more. Goddard Law can help ensure that you receive what is due to you in any of the categories below.
- Unpaid wages
- Unpaid overtime
- Sales commission claims
- Denied of breaks
- Independent contractor status
- Fair Labor Standards Act
Many people in the workforce fear blowing the whistle on their employer because they might get fired or treated badly. However, there are federal laws that protect, and even reward, whistleblowers in certain industries. If you work for a government contractor and you blow the whistle on wrongdoing by your employer, the False Claims Act may protect you from retaliation by your employer. If you work for a corporation, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act likewise protects you from retaliation. Both acts, and others like them, also provide for possible monetary awards to employees who blow the whistle on employer wrongdoing.
- False Claims Act/Qui Tam
- Sarbanes-Oxley Law
Often times when you encounter an employment problem, like unpaid wages, unemployment, family leave problems, or health and safety hazards, you will need to deal with a federal agency investigation or complaint process. Goddard Law is experienced in traversing the many rules and regulations involved in agency action and can help you get the result you deserve.
- Department of Labor (DOL)
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
If your employer asks you to sign a contract, it may seriously affect the rights that you have when something goes wrong at work. Contracts can be beneficial to both sides, but having an experienced employment law attorney is vital to ensuring that your contract is fair and doesn’t deprive you of important rights in the workplace.
One of the best ways to avoid complaints and litigation in the workplace is for employers to be proactive when it comes to complying with state and federal employment laws. Goddard Law has experience litigating a wide range of employment issues and offers evaluation and counseling to provide vital insight into how employers can prevent complaints and litigation by providing a fair workplace that will ultimately result in the most effective and efficient workforce.
- Employment practices evaluation and counseling
Goddard Law understands that fighting against unfair employers can be an uphill battle and often frightening for employees. Megan Goddard is always ready to fight for what is right and take any case to trial. However, Megan also understands that sometimes out-of-court resolution can provide the best answer for all involved. Megan is skilled in representing clients at mediation and arbitration, where she works to get the best outcome for her client, while avoiding the stress and expense of a trial.
- Civil rights