Wage and labor laws have changed quite a bit since the founding of the United States. The first labor laws put in place were primarily created to ensure that the average worker was getting paid a fair and livable wage, that children weren’t being exploited for labor, and that workers weren’t being overexerted to the point of risking their health or safety.
Over time, the U.S. has added more and more employment laws to its repertoire. Looking back at the first labor laws, it’s clear just how far we as a nation have come in regard to protecting our citizens from unsafe and unfair working conditions. Still, injustice continues to find its way into the modern work world, which is why labor laws are ever-changing. As an employment law attorney, my mission is to do my part in fighting for both employees and employers when work-related wrongs take place.
Discrimination & Wrongful Termination
The most common employment law disputes by far are rooted in the realm of discrimination and wrongful termination. If an employer fires or unfairly treats an employee based on any qualities that are unrelated to their qualifications and/or work performance (such as their age, race, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, physical appearance, or political viewpoints), that employer has broken the law.
In the workplace, discrimination can come in many forms. Often, it refers to wrongful termination — meaning the employer fired a worker for reasons such as those listed above. In many other situations, though, discrimination may rear its ugly head by means of sexual harassment, favoritism, denial of compensation or benefits, unequal distribution of salary or bonuses, or in a number of other ways. As an employment law attorney, my objective is to get to the truth of the situation at hand and resolve the matter as peacefully as possible.