Navigating the intricacies of the ever-changing federal and state laws and regulations that impact the workplace can be difficult, and non-compliance carries the risk of costly employment litigation and government penalties.
Whether you’re an employer or employee, it is essential to be familiar with the laws that govern your workplace. While it is more common that employees are exploited by their employers, it is not unheard of for employers to be wrongly accused of misconduct.
Whichever side you find yourself on, a legal professional will be able to give you insights into the boundaries that are in place as your role as employee, or employer. At Versant, we work proactively with our clients to help them establish effective practices and policies and understand how the numerous statutes, regulations, codes, and ordinances that govern the workplace affect their business.
What does employment law cover?
Employment law has become an essential part of the judiciary system because it helps protects fundamental human rights in the workplace. More commonly referred to as labor law, it covers the obligations and rights of an employee and employer, usually voiced through a contract between the two parties.
Our employment lawyers counsel employers to prevent litigation as well as defend employers in wrongful termination, harassment, and discrimination lawsuits.
The importance of an employment attorney
For an employer
Hiring employees is a natural part of every business. You aim to get the best talent, with the most favorable terms, quickly. While seeking out the right individuals for your company may be an involved process, the actual hiring process shouldn’t be.
By working with an employment lawyer from the get-go, they will be able to draft and review your employment contracts so that onboarding becomes a streamlined process. An employment lawyer can protect your company’s interest, make sure you retain the rights to the work generated under your roof, draft nondisclosure agreements, and protect you against wrongful termination disputes, should they arise.
If you are an employee
Unfortunately, employees are sometimes taken advantaged of by their employers; this is especially the case when they’re not aware what rights they’re entitled to, and how to stick up for them. Whether it is dealing with sexual harassment, unpaid overtime, contract disputes, or wrongful termination, it can be difficult to stand your ground and ask for what rightfully yours. Instead of navigating the law yourself, it can be a great advantage to hire an labor lawyer to handle your dispute for you.
When to involve a employment lawyer
If you feel you have been a victim of Injustice in the workplace, wrongfully terminated, or accused of inappropriate behavior, it may be time to call in an attorney to review the case.
If it is determined that a law was violated, an employment attorney will attempt to resolve the matter through negotiation or settlement, without having to go to court. If this is not a viable option, your employment attorney will do the required research, draft the legal paperwork, and represent you in front of a judge with regards to any of the following areas:
- Wrongful termination
- Hostile work environment
- Sexual harassment
- Pregnancy leave
- Unpaid Wages
- Disability Discrimination
Versant and Employment Law
Versant represents clients in preparing and interpreting employment and engaged agreements for companies, employees, consultants and independent contractors. We also assist our clients in determining whether individual workers are deemed to be employees or independent contractors under applicable state and federal law.
Do you know your rights? If you feel like you have been subject to wrongful termination, inflammatory accusations, or unfair treatment, we’ll be happy to have our labor experts review your case and present legal advice of the options you can pursue.
Choosing the right attorneys to stand up for you can make all the difference in getting what you are entitled to. With years of experience under our belt, our team of employment attorneys is confident we can represent your interest and get you justice.