Bridgeport Employment Lawyers
As an employee of any Connecticut company, there are laws that protect you from being taken advantage of or mistreated by your employer. These laws, which are governed by state and federal agencies, give you the right to take action against employers who fail to respect your rights.
If you’ve been subjected to harassment, discriminated against, wrongly terminated, or otherwise mistreated, the Bridgeport employment attorneys with Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers want to know. We’ve helped many people in Bridgeport get justice if their employer has failed to treat them with the respect, dignity, and fairness that they deserve.
Call our firm today at (203) 380-1556 if you feel you’ve been denied advancement opportunities or have been mistreated in any manner that violates Bridgeport and Connecticut laws.
How an Employment Law Attorney Can Help
Every worker in Bridgeport and surrounding areas has the right to feel comfortable when applying for work, performing regular duties, and taking paid or unpaid time off to tend to family emergencies. The laws in this state are not optional, even though a “no-fault” system exists.
Most cases brought to employment lawyers in Connecticut require hours of research and evidence collection, which is far more than most employees could handle without assistance. Since certain rules and procedures must be followed in obtaining this evidence, it’s best to leave the work to professionals.
Under Connecticut law, employers are prohibited from discriminating or mistreating employees of protected classes. Here are four main laws which Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers will use to protect workers who retain our services:
Connecticut Fair Employment Practices Act (CFEPA)
As the state’s main anti-discrimination statute, the CFEPA protects applicants and employees from being segregated or denied opportunity based on their religious beliefs, race, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, color, creed and in most cases disability. The statute enforces how employers, employment agencies and recruiters should treat workers and candidates for employment, and is based on federal law.
Civil Rights Act of 1964
Under this Act, employees are protected from racial bias and other discriminatory acts such as being terminated for being a member of a Native American tribe, being of one particular nationality, and similar. Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers fights employers who violate any part of this Act, including companies who refuse to offer advancement opportunities or hire qualified persons because of their color.
Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA)
Some of today’s finest workers are men and women living with disabilities. A growing number of workers choose to work beyond retirement, too. The ADAAA protects older workers and those with disabilities from losing their jobs due to their age or special accommodations.
Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
Children and spouses of Connecticut workers may become deathly ill, or decease unexpectedly. Employees are afforded the right to leave work under these circumstances, and others. Some employers make taking leave under FMLA difficult, going as far as retaliating or firing the worker. Our firm will fight unfair termination due to approved FMLA situations beyond the worker’s control.
Compensation You Could Be Eligible To Recover
Violations of employment law require proof beyond doubt the employer took action against you in direct violation of state and federal labor standards. This proof is usually more difficult to come by since name-calling or making other threats must be recorded or documented to avoid battling hearsay in court. With proof, however, compensation that may be available includes:
- Being reinstated to the same position you were terminated from;
- Compensation of pain, suffering, embarrassment and other types of emotional distress;
- Payment of wages lost during the time you were wrongfully terminated until the day the case settles; and
- Punitive damages as deemed fitting by jurors or judges.
Because many employment law violations will be proven with circumstantial evidence, it’s important to log every time you’ve been discriminated against. Take note of others who’ve acted discriminatorily but never got fired.
Employment Law FAQs
What if an employer refuses to accommodate my disability?
Employers must accommodate disabled employees by whatever means necessary provided doing so doesn’t disrupt production or regular business. If this means getting an employee a special chair, installing handicap access to their building or making sure elevators are working properly, they must comply. This area of law should be discussed with an experienced employment law lawyer.
What is the statute of limitations on filing claims?
FMLA claims must be filed within two (2) years from the day your employer violated the statute. Unlawful discrimination claims must usually be filed within 180 days. For other claim filing deadlines, contact our office.
What if I’m part of a union?
Collective bargaining agreements will list reasons why employees can be terminated. If you’ve been discriminated against, your union steward or an attorney can help you take appropriate measures against the employer.
What happens if I secretly record my employer making insensitive comments about me?
Connecticut is one of twelve states which require two-party consent to record statements. By recording your employer without their permission, you may secure tremendous evidence against them, but it may be inadmissible in court. Obtain your personnel file, journalize every encounter with supervisors, note dates and times you were discriminated against and find others you trust who will corroborate these encounters.
Contact a Bridgeport Employment Lawyer
It’s been decades since our government has made workplaces equal opportunity for all. Unfortunately, some employers and managers fail to observe employees’ right to privacy, respect, and fair treatment. When an employer violates your rights, you have the right to seek compensation and a measure of justice.
If you’ve been mistreated, taken advantage of, or violated at your job in Bridgeport, contact Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers today. You can schedule a no-obligation consultation by calling us at (203) 380-1556 or reaching out to us online. Our team of aggressive attorneys will help you put a stop to workplace injustices at your place of employment, so call us now.