Employment law is an umbrella term for the rules that govern the relationship between employees and employers. Both state and federal law grant certain protections to employees, such as the right to be free from workplace discrimination and harassment. When employers violate these rights, it is important to have experienced legal counsel in your corner to ensure that they are held accountable.
At the law firm of Garcia Ives Nowara in Albuquerque, our attorneys are committed to protecting the rights of workers. If you believe that your employer is breaking the law, call us at 505-273-3064 to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your situation.
Helping Employees With Discrimination Claims
Discrimination in the workplace occurs more frequently than most people may expect. It is illegal to treat workers differently based on ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender, age or disability. It is important to remember that not all negative workplace experiences may rise to the level of discrimination. That is why speaking with a lawyer is highly recommended.
There are certain steps that must be followed when filing a discrimination claim, such as obtaining a right-to-sue letter from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). If it appears that you have a valid discrimination claim, we can help explore your options and explain the next steps.
Wage And Hour Claims
Wage and hour issues are another common employment law dispute. Employers must pay their employees minimum wage. The federal government sets a base minimum wage, although many states mandate a higher wage than the federal wage. If employers are not paying workers minimum wage, then they may be liable for damages, including back pay.
Overtime pay is another area where disputes may arise. Although the federal government does not limit the amount of hours an adult may work in a week, it does require that time-and-a-half be paid for any hours worked beyond the customary 40 hours a week. Note that this rule only applies to workers who are paid hourly and not those who collect a salary.
Contact Us For A Free Initial Consultation
If you are concerned that you are being harassed or discriminated against in the workplace, or if you believe that your employer is not paying you what you are owed under the law, we would like to hear from you. Call us at 505-273-3064 for a free initial consultation. You may also contact us online.