No matter what type of industry you are in, you should feel safe and respected at your workplace. Unfortunately, however, employees can experience unfair treatment at work that requires legal action. Here are a few common reasons to hire an employment lawyer.
You’ve Experienced Retaliation After Whistleblowing
Employees have every right to report their employer for illegal or unsafe practices. However, that does not mean that some employers do not become angry at workers for whistleblowing and retaliate against them. If your employer has demoted, cut your pay or retaliated against you in any way after you spoke up about their practices, it may be time to consult an employment lawyer.
You’re Dealing with Discrimination
Even in this day and age, workplace discrimination still exists. Employees can experience discrimination for their race, national origin, gender, age, disability or religion. Whether you are being denied promotions or hearing offensive jokes, you may benefit from speaking with an employment lawyer. He or she can assess the details of your discrimination case and let you know if you have legal recourse or not.
You Were Wrongfully Terminated
Illinois is an at-will state, so employers do not need a reason to terminate a worker. However, if the reason for the termination is illegal, you have the right to take legal action. For example, an employer can’t fire you based on your race, religion, age, disability or other protected class. If you believe that you were wrongfully terminated, you may want to get in touch with an employment lawyer.
You Suffered an Injury on the Job
While not many people expect to go into the workplace and get injured, it can happen. From slip and fall accidents to collisions, workers can suffer injuries in a variety of different accidents at work. That’s why employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance to cover injured workers’ medical bills and lost wages. If you were recently injured at work, it may be a good idea to talk to an employment lawyer. He or she can help you file a timely workers’ compensation claim and make sure that you receive the settlement you deserve.
If you think you are experiencing unfair treatment at work, you may want to schedule a consultation with an employment lawyer, like one from Disparti Law Group, as soon as possible to discuss your case.