We represent clients through all phases and types of employment litigation and law, ranging from individual cases to broad-scale class and collective actions. We handle claims of employment discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge, wage and hour violations, wrongful termination, whistleblower/qui tam, and other employment-related torts.
As you may know, employment law and litigation is the large body of law that governs the employer-employee relationship, including individual employment contracts, the application of tort and contract doctrines, and a large array of statutory regulation.
Issues covered by this body of law also include (1) the right to organize and negotiate collective bargaining agreements, (2) protection from discrimination, (3) wages and hour cases, and (4) health and safety.
United States labor law is a collection of myriad state and federal laws. Federal law not only sets the standards that govern workers’ rights to organize in the private sector, but overrides most state and local laws that attempt to regulate this area. Federal law also provides more limited rights for employees of the federal government. These federal laws do not, on the other hand, apply to employees of state and local governments, agricultural workers or domestic employees; any statutory protections those workers have derived from state law.
The pattern is even more mixed in the area of wages and working conditions. Federal law establishes minimum wages and overtime rights for most workers in the private and public sectors; state and local laws may provide more expansive rights. Similarly, federal law provides minimum workplace safety standards, but allows the states to take over those responsibilities and to provide more stringent standards.
Finally, both federal and state laws protect workers from employment discrimination. In most areas these two bodies of law overlap; as an example, federal law permits state to enact their own statutes barring discrimination on the basis of race, gender, religion, national origin and age, so long as the state law does not provide less protections than federal law would. Federal law, on the other hand, preempts most state statutes that would bar employers from discriminating against employees to prevent them from obtaining pensions or other benefits or retaliating against them for asserting those rights.
As you can see, this is a very complex field, and we highly recommend talking with an experienced attorney if you have any questions concerning your rights as a worker.
As outlined in our firm resume, we are a professional, ethical and experienced team of lawyers representing people just like you: individuals, consumers and small business owners. Members of our attorney team are recognized nationally as class action and complex litigation specialists in defective pharmaceuticals and medical devices, toxic chemicals, price-fixing, and antitrust violations. Our record speaks for itself.
If you or a family member has been unfairly treated by an employer, you are encouraged to contact the law firm of Audet & Partners, LLP at 800.965.1461 to speak to an attorney. The call is free, and there is no obligation. You may also email us. Act now, as delays can harm your case.