Charlotte Employment Lawyer
If you are an employee who has recently encountered a dispute or other incident at work that has led to your wrongful termination, the illegal withholding of compensation, or other issues, it is natural to feel apprehensive. Should you decide to file a formal complaint and claim against your employer for the financial and other harm you have experienced, you’ll likely be going up against your employer’s legal team. You need a legal team that will stand up for you to ensure that your position is best protected and the outcome of your case or claim maximized. That’s why working with a Charlotte employment lawyer at The Fuller Law Firm is so important.
Engaging in business for profit as an employer is a decision that naturally exposes one to both the risks and rewards associated with doing business. But unfortunately, in the professional world, it is employees who often face the greatest personal risk of financial or other harm. The Charlotte employment lawyers at The Fuller Law Firm, P.C. have invested their careers in protecting the rights of our clients and in recovering the compensation they deserve.
A Clear Focus on Employee Rights With a Winning Record in Employment Litigation
Deciding on a law firm to help you navigate the often complex pathway from financial harm to recovering the compensation you deserve can be difficult. Carefully considering the experience, focus, and track record of the law firm you are contemplating working with is helpful. The Fuller Law Firm, P.C. and our team of attorneys have decades of combined experience advocating for the best interests of employees who have a rightful dispute or claim.
We concentrate on vindicating and pursuing the rights of employees who have been subjected to unlawful discrimination and harassment in the workplace, including harassment on the basis of:
In addition to representing the interests of employees who have been discriminated against for protected characteristics, we also protect employees and whistleblowers from retaliation by their employers if they make the commendable decision to stand against injustice or unlawful behavior on behalf of their employer. Over the course of our work, we have represented workers from a broad variety of industries and positions, and our team of attorneys is expert in the legal rights you have and can enforce.
We recognize that employment affairs are complex and can span from the public to the private sector, and can include issues as diverse as sexual harassment, wrongful termination, and hostile work environment cases.
The Central Work of Employment Lawyers
When you are encountering a dispute at work and are looking for the assistance of a Charlotte employment lawyer, you might wonder what kind of legal expertise applies to your situation. If you have been discriminated against in any manner on the job, it is likely that an employment lawyer is the specialty legal practice that will be best equipped to help in your case. The diverse functions that your employment lawyer will undertake on your behalf will help to frame your rights and what you are entitled to, then help ensure you collect them.
When you have a business dispute, the process that you must move through to initially reports it will generally be determined by your employment contract. Employers oftentimes have an unfair advantage when it comes to employment contracts, as they have the benefit of teams of attorneys to help them draft their contracts, while the employee in need of employment does not. It is natural for an employee to not understand the complex legalese in their employment contract, and if a dispute arises, this makes it all the more important to engage a Charlotte employment lawyer to help.
Our team of experienced Charlotte employment attorneys is knowledgeable about the relevant state and federal employment laws and regulations and will put this information to work on your behalf.
Recover Damages for Wrongfully Terminated Employees
While North Carolina is an employment-at-will state, which means that employees and employers have the right to end their employee/employer relationship at any given time without cause, there can still be cases for wrongful termination. If you lost your job for a discriminatory or retaliatory reason, you could have a claim.
Through the regulations put forward through the US Department of Labor via OSHA, which North Carolina has adopted, employees have a right to report if their workplace is unsafe. There are over 20 whistleblower statutes in place to protect employees from retaliation when they report workplace violations including:
- Workplace health and safety issues
- Consumer product safety
- Environmental safety
- Financial reform
- Food safety
- Health insurance reform
- Motor vehicle safety
- Anti-money laundering laws
- And engaging in other protected activities considered related
Determining when an employee has engaged in a covered whistleblower activity will generally strongly influence the outcome of your case or claim. If you were wrongfully terminated for protected whistleblowing activities, you could be entitled to financial compensation for the loss in earnings and future income that the retaliatory behavior resulted in.
Ensuring that OSHA statutes concerning reporting and whistleblowing are followed and your case is built upon a solid foundation requires informed advocacy. Your Charlotte employment law attorney at The Fuller Law Firm can accomplish that on your behalf.
Assist Workers Collecting on Under- or Uncompensated Work
Most employers are required to pay overtime to non-exempt employees under North Carolina overtime regulations, which is time and one-half pay of the employee’s regular rate of pay, for:
- All hours worked in excess of 40 in a workweek, unless the employee is exempt
- Receiving a salary does not necessarily mean an employee is exempt from minimum wage and/or overtime pay requirements
Determining whether or not an employee is entitled to overtime compensation requires a consideration of their overall number of hours worked in a week, not in a given day. Exemptions may apply to certain populations of employees, and the way in which tipped employees calculate their overtime rate is also distinct. An employment attorney with the experience to know the difference will impact the efficiency, effectiveness, and amount of your overall claim.
How do you determine if an employer is able to designate an employee as a salaried-exempt employee? By reviewing the Code of Federal Regulation (CFR) 541 issued by the US Department of Labor. Knowing your rights as a wronged employee can be difficult, and an experienced Charlotte employment attorney from The Fuller Law Firm, P.C. is available to determine if and how we can help.
Assist Injured Workers in Collecting the Compensation They Deserve
Being injured on the job when you are trying to work and support your family can lead to costly and ongoing medical bills, in addition to lost wages and earnings potential. If you have been harmed on the job, an employment lawyer with experience in personal injury law will be able to apply statutes and regulations in favor of your case to support the best possible outcome.
Employers in North Carolina are subject to the safety standards established by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA. The NC Department of Labor notes that the state has adopted federal OSHA standards verbatim, meaning that any and all safety standards that apply to employers under OSHA are likewise applicable in North Carolina.
Under OSHA rules, employers have a duty to keep the workplace free of risks of injury or illness to employees. When an employer fails in their duty to keep the workplace safe and you are injured, you may be entitled to coverage for your medical costs, some of your lost earnings, and other damages.
When Should I Contact a Charlotte Employment Lawyer?
If you have been harmed at work financially, physically, or otherwise, it is best to line up legal advocacy as soon as possible. The longer you wait to connect with an employment attorney, the further away essential evidence might become both in terms of time and also accessibility. We can help guide you through the initial steps of the process and ensure that your involvement and the demand for your time is minimized.
Once you have us on the case, we take over the entire process, including all evidence collection, drafting of documents, and negotiation, so you can focus on managing your future.
Connect with a Charlotte Employment Lawyer from The Fuller Law Firm, P.C.
If you have experienced financial, physical, or mental/psychological injury while working, you may have a claim with which an employment lawyer can help. Knowing whether or not you have a case will often depend upon a thorough understanding of North Carolina and federal labor and employment laws and statutes and in turn how they apply to the unique facts and circumstances of your case.