New London Employment Law Attorney
Nothing is more stressful than investing time and energy into your work, only to have your employer take advantage of you, discriminate against you, or terminate you without proper cause. In Connecticut, employees are afforded the right to work without having their rights violated by managers, owners, or other employees.
At Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, our experienced New London employment attorneys are dedicated to fighting various injustices in the workplace. Over the years, we’ve discovered that many committed workers feel that they have been treated unfairly, although many are unaware of the protections given to them under federal and state law. That’s where we come in.
If you’ve been retaliated against for reporting employment violations, have been harassed at work, have been discriminated against, or have otherwise had your rights as an employee violated, you should call us immediately at (860) 772-2280 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your legal options today.
Why You Should Hire an Employment Lawyer
Americans spend half their lives at work. Many treat work as their second home, showing up each day for more than just their paycheck. A good number of New London’s workforce is already overworked and underappreciated; to add insult to injury, too many are forced to endure unfair treatment in the workplace.
Employees often go months or years before they’ve had enough and simply walk away from their jobs, not knowing civil action is possible. By hiring an employment law attorney, workers could recover compensation, retain their position at work, and put an end to unfair practices at their workplace.
Areas of Employment Law We Cover
According to Connecticut law, employers can terminate employment without warning. However, they cannot terminate you for reasons that fall under constitutionally protected classes. It is those areas of law we cover for you:
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Millions of American workers are living with disabilities that may require special accommodations. Employers are required by law to help disabled persons perform their duties by offering aids such as larger monitors, special chairs, wheelchair access, and so forth. Any employer that violates the ADA could be liable civilly.
Civil Rights Act of 1964
Established to help equalize American citizens, the CRA offers protection from religious persecution, discrimination based on race, creed, color, gender identification or sexuality. Many New London employers abide by the Act, although cases can arise at any given time.
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a federal law which affords employees a preset time away from work to address health problems or undertake caretaking responsibilities. Caring for injured military spouses, ill children and several other qualifying events are covered under the Act. Provided employees give the appropriate notice under Connecticut law, employers who have greater than 50 employees must honor FMLA requests.
Women are equal to men in the workplace, although they’re often paid much less despite their identical job duties. Our firm can help those who’ve been disparaged at their place of employment through wage inequality get the compensation they deserve. This includes being denied overtime at 1.5 times the state’s minimum wage for hours worked over 40, or not receiving holiday pay when others with similar seniority are receiving it.
Other Areas of Employment Law
Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, or simply USERRA, prohibits employers from denying work, promotions or suddenly terminating workers for their military affiliation, including their active duty status. Overtime pay claims, sexual harassment at the workplace and other major employment law issues are handled by Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers.
Types of Compensation Available
If your claim is successful, you could receive the following benefits:
- Payment of wages owed for unpaid overtime or misclassification of employment type;
- Pain and suffering endured;
- Restoration of job title at the same or higher pay grade;
- Punitive damages, designed to punish the employer for wrongdoing;
- Reimbursement of psychiatric services you paid out-of-pocket; and
- Any other type of compensation deemed appropriate by the court.
The longer you’ve missed work for illegal or unfair reasons, the larger your compensation may be. The exact amount is difficult to gauge since so many factors go into your claim, such as economic and noneconomic losses.
Employment Law FAQs
Who do I file my civil rights complaints with in New London?
Here in Connecticut, the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) handles civil rights and similar complaints; you can find a local office by looking them up online, or your attorney can offer guidance.
I heard not paying an employee’s wages at the state minimum is a crime. Is this true?
Yes. Employers can be jailed for up to five (5) years and fined up to $10,000 for each employee they underpaid if that amount exceeds $2,000 or more; penalties are less if the amount is below that threshold. If you’re one of them, contact our office to discuss what options you have.
Is Connecticut a “right to work” state?
No, the state has not adopted right-to-work laws; in other words, you’re not required to contribute to, or join, unionized businesses.
How much time do I have to file employment law claims?
Employees must file their claim with the CHRO within 180 days of the first time they felt discriminated against or violated. Federal claims must be filed within 300 days. The EEOC is another source that accepts complaints, although their rules may vary.
We Protect Employee’s Rights in New London
You should be able to work without feeling uncomfortable, disrespected, or unfairly treated on the job. No matter where you work, you have the right to expect privacy, respect, and equal treatment, as do your fellow employees.
Employers who engage in or allow their employees to engage in prohibited behavior or practices are equally complicit in the acts, even if they haven’t directly caused you pain or misery. Claims against your employer that cannot be resolved at the administrative level can be litigated by an attorney at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers. We’ll fight for compensation and justice for you.
To schedule your free case review, contact our firm at (860) 772-2280. We are ready to sit down with you and hear your story. Don’t wait to contact us today.