Five Reasons Why You May Want to Talk With an Employment Law Attorney
As we inch closer to the closeout of 2019 many employees will either be looking forward to 2020, or looking for new work. Whether you’re currently in a career position, or if you are working your way up the ladder, you probably care about your job. Let’s face it, it doesn’t matter if you’re a medical professional or if you’re a professional bartender, your job pays the bills. Most people like living with a roof over their head and food on the table. Regardless of how you feel about your employer or your job’s status when payday arrives and the money you’ve earned hits your account, life is good. However, sometimes the bad outways the good. What can you do, or should you do, when things go wrong at work? In this article, we are going to discuss five reasons why you may want to talk with an employment law attorney.
Look, when most people accept a new position they do so with hopeful minds. Maybe it’s a promotion within a current company. Perhaps you made a lateral move to acquire better pay. Regardless of how you ended up in your current work position, we like to believe that the majority of employees were excited to start a new job. We also believe that most employees put a lot into their work. Unfortunately, things do not always go as planned. From abusive bosses to managers who put employees in uncomfortable positions, there are a plethora of reasons as to why you may need to seek the assistance of an employment law attorney. Sadly, many employees turn the other cheek or let things slide until they get ugly. Here are our top five reasons why you may want to talk with an employment law attorney.
If Your Boss or Manager is Sexual Harassing You
One of the most, if not the most, outrageous forms of inappropriate office behavior is sexual harassment. It seems like this would be an obvious violation of the rights of an employee. You’re a woman, a man within your office environment touches you inappropriately, you file a sexual harassment complaint. Makes sense right? Think again. Sexual harassment isn’t just limited to a woman being abused. Furthermore, it’s not limited to just physical touching. There are multiple types of sexual harassment, and if you’re a man, it doesn’t mean you can’t be sexually harassed. Here are additional ways to tell if you’re being sexually harassed at work.
You were in a relationship with a coworker and now they won’t leave you alone
Some office rules are ridiculous. Others have merit. Every state has varying employment and labor laws. In the state of Washinton, it’s not illegal to date an employee, but most businesses have “unspoken” or even spoken rules about this practice. Relationships have ups and downs. Even the best relationships have issues, and when those issues spill over into the office, it can cause all sorts of problems. Now, we’re not here to discuss the pros and cons of interoffice dating. However, we are here to let you know that just because you had a mutual sexual relationship with a coworker at one time, doesn’t give them a right to harass you at work. You have rights. So speak up and tell your manager, boss, or Human Resources representative. Guess what, you can also call a Seattle Sexual Harassment Attorney.
Coworkers are spreading rumors about your sex life
You have the right to work in a safe and fair environment. Mental health is important, especially within the workplace. What you do outside of work, or who you choose to be intimate with, is your own personal business. If you’re working in a professional office environment, it’s safe to say that everyone is a legal adult. However, that doesn’t mean they will act like it. If your coworkers are speaking poorly about your sex life, or if they are spreading rumors about you at work and it’s becoming detrimental to your job productivity and mental well being, call us.
You are transgender
As we move into 2020 the topic of transgender rights at work is only going to heat up more. If you are a man or women transitioning into a different sex, which bathroom do you use at work? While it may seem like an easy answer for you, it may not be for your employer or your coworkers. However, you have very specific rights as an employee. If you believe your rights are being violated because you are transgender, you may want to contact a Seattle Employment Law Attorney.
You are Being 1099 but Forced to Clock in and Out
If you’re are an account executive or professional sales rep, your employment status may be misclassified. One of the most forgotten, and often abused, employee rights violations is the misclassification of an employee. So, what does this actually mean? Simple, your employer is taking advantage of you for tax and financial purposes. There is a big difference between an Independent Contractor and a W2 employee in the state of Washinton. If your boss or manager makes you clock in, clock out, work certain hours, or forces you to participate in other W2 employee tasks then you are NOT an Independent Contractor. However, your employer may be paying you on a 1099 schedule. This is a BIG violation and you may be missing out on lots of employee benefits and money.
The Company You Work For Owes You Money
You work sick, you work tired, you show up on time even when the covers try to keep you in bed. Why do you do this? Simple, you care about your career. You care about your kids, your family, and paying the bills. Most employees work very hard to earn their paycheck. When the company you work for owes you money, you can get angry fast. However, you have legal options. A Seattle Wage and Hour Attorney. Our attorneys have been fighting for the financial rights of employees for over 15 years.
Your Being Asked to do Inappropriate or Unscrupulous Things
If you’re being asked to do inappropriate or unscrupulous things at work call us right away. Too often sales reps, account managers, and those in the financial field are asked to “bend the rules” or to “look the other way” be coworkers and managers. Sometimes the bottom line isn’t the most important thing. Staying on the right side of the legal fence is. If you feel like you’re being pressured to do illegal things, just to benefit the company you work for, call us right away.
You Believe You Were Wrongfully Terminated
Whether you’ve been working your job for over a decade, or if you recently accepted your current position, if you lose your job you may be upset. Rightfully so, no one really wants to get fired or laid off. Unfortunately, things happen sometimes. Perhaps you were under-performing or not meeting your sales quota. Maybe your company took a financial hit and they were required to layoff certain positions. Regardless of why you were let go, it can sting. However, sometimes employees are wrongfully terminated. If you believe you have been let go or fired for “no good reason” please call us. Below are some reasons that may qualify as wrongful termination.
Contact a Seattle Employment Law Attorney
In this article, we identified five reasons why you may want to talk with an employment law attorney. While we touched on our top five, it doesn’t mean there aren’t other reasons to seek legal help. Our law firm fights to protect the legal and financial rights of employees. Mr. Aaron Rocke has over 15 years of experience. In addition, Aaron holds a perfect 10 out of 10 AVVO rating. If you would like to schedule a confidential consultation please contact us at (206) 880-3175. Our office is located in Downtown Seattle, and we service all of King County, WA.