No one should be mistreated by their employer. You may feel powerless but you are not. If you have been harassed, discriminated against or otherwise mistreated at your job, call the experienced employment law attorneys at Law Offices of Steven A. Hershkowitz. We provide skilled representation for employees who have been subjected to illegal labor and employment practices in the workplace.
- Employment discrimination – wrongful termination
- Workplace retaliation
- Family and medical leave act (FMLA)
- Wage and overtime claims
- Employment contracts
- Severance agreements
Employment Discrimination Wrongful Termination
Our practice focuses on all aspects of employment discrimination and wrongful termination law, including:
- Age Discrimination
- Disability Discrimination
- National Origin Discrimination
- Pregnancy Discrimination
- Race Discrimination
- Religious Discrimination
- Sex or Gender Discrimination and Harassment
- Sexual Orientation Discrimination
There are strict deadlines associated with bringing claims of discrimination. So, if you believe your employer has discriminated against you, in violation of the law, call 281-667-9414 or email the experienced discrimination attorneys at Law Offices of Steven A. Hershkowitz for a free consultation.
If you have complained about an unlawful employment action, made a charge of discrimination or participated in an investigation or hearing regarding a charge of discrimination that you have a good faith belief has occurred, and your bosses treated you worse after you made your complaint than before, you can assert that you are being retaliated against for lodging your initial complaint.
There are strict deadlines associated with bringing claims of retaliation. So, if you believe that your employer has retaliated against you, in violation of the law, do not delay in calling 281-667-9414 or emailing the experienced retaliation attorneys at Law Offices of Steven A. Hershkowitz for a free consultation.
Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
Under FMLA an eligible employee is entitled to take twelve weeks of unpaid leave within a 12-month period for the following reasons:
- the birth of a child and to care for the newborn child within one year of birth
- the placement with the employee of a child for adoption or foster care and to care for the newly placed child within one year of placement
- to care for the employee’s spouse, child, or parent who has a serious health condition
- a serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform the essential functions of his or her job; and
- any qualifying exigency arising out of the fact that the employee’s spouse, son, daughter, or parent is a covered military member on “covered active duty.”
There are strict deadlines associated with bringing FMLA claims. So, if you believe that you have an FMLA claim, do not delay in calling 281-667-9414 or emailing the experienced FMLA attorneys at Law Offices of Steven A. Hershkowitz for free consultation.
Wage and Overtime Claims
Most wage and hour claims are covered under The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) or various Texas state regulations. Generally, such claims arise out of an employer’s failure to pay an employee fairly for the work performed.
An employees right to recover for unpaid wages can result from any of the following situations:
- An employer misuses classifications in order to avoid overtime pay
- An employer refuses to pay meal and work breaks correctly
- An employer tries to avoid overtime by paying a “salary” to non-exempt employees
- An employee is required to perform work “off the clock” or “off the books”
- An employer refuses to pay for essential preparation time
- An employee receives less than the minimum wage; or
- An employee is denied vacation and or sick time
There are strict deadlines associated with bringing wage and hour claims. So, if you believe that you have a wage or overtime claim, do not delay in calling 281-667-9414 or emailing the experienced wage and hour attorneys at Law Offices of Steven A. Hershkowitz for a free consultation.
Employment Contracts Get the Contract That You Deserve
When you are presented with an employment contract, you need to make sure that your interests are protected. In order to do that, you should maximize your leverage before signing the contract because you will lose all of your negotiating power once you sign.
These are the areas that the employment contract attorneys at Law Offices of Steven A. Hershkowitz can negotiate:
- Compensation – including bonuses, incentives and commissions
- Stock Options
- Benefits & Retirement Plans
- Change-in-Control Arrangements (CIC)
- Overly restrictive non-compete provisions
- Severance pay provisions
- Job description/duties
- Relocation expenses
It’s what’s missing that may haunt you…
A failure to address contractual issues before you sign, could put you at a serious disadvantage. Even if you are presented with an employment agreement which seems standard and looks fair, it is important that you have strong legal representation who will look after your interests. The experienced employment contract attorneys at Law Offices of Steven A. Hershkowitz will carefully review your proposed contract, inspecting what is included as well as negotiating for what should be. Call 281-667-9414 or email for a free consultation.
Severance Agreements Get the Package That You Deserve
Most people are presented with severance agreements at a time when their emotions are raw. Many, find it hard to make a phone call much less negotiate the terms of an important document. Companies know this. They know that they are asking you to make a quick, critical life decisions with only a week or two to consider the ramifications. The experienced Severance Agreement attorneys at Law Offices of Steven A. Hershkowitz will guide you through this confusing transitional period. We understand the pressure that you are under and will work with you in negotiating the terms of your severance. We can help you with:
- determining whether by your agreement you risk losing the right to later sue on grounds of discrimination,
- negotiating or re-negotiating an agreement for terms that are more favorable, the removal of provisions which prohibit you from re-applying with the same company.
- issues relating to liability, negotiating the removal of confidentiality provisions, negotiating to have your attorney fees paid by your employer.
These are just of a few of the issues that you may encounter when negotiating severance agreements. Call the experienced severance package attorneys at Law Offices of Steven A. Hershkowitz and let us explain how we can help.