Even with the best efforts and intentions of the owners and officers of small businesses, disputes will arise with employees, resulting in claims for violations of wage and hour regulations, overtime regulations, or discrimination in the hiring or firing process, among others. I have represented employers in state and federal cases involving claims for failure to properly pay overtime, for improperly compensating on a salary basis rather than an hourly basis, for discriminating on the basis of race, gender, age, or on the basis of real or perceived physical disabilities. This type of case may initially involve an administrative proceeding, during which it is very important that the employer be represented by counsel. The resulting case could be filed in either federal or state court, which may affect the costs, the length of the litigation process, and the potential remedies available. The state and federal statutes involved provide for an award of attorneys’ fees for a successful claimant, so the stakes in an employment case are higher than in most others.
I have also represented employees who have been incorrectly compensated or discriminated against by their employer. I can help you determine whether you are protected by any of a number of state or federal laws that may apply, and assist you in making your claim in a state or federal agency, or ultimately in state or federal court.
Employment Agreements often contain non-competition clauses and other provisions that are intended to protect the interests of the employer and restrain the rights of an employee during and after the employment has ended. Claims frequently occur over the scope and enforceability of these clauses after employment ends. I have represented a number of employers and employees in this types of disputes, and can help you decide whether the legal process can be an effective tool for you to either enforce your rights under such an agreement, or to obtain relief from an overzealous former employer.