At The Chopin Law Firm LLC, we have guided many of clients to successful outcomes in a variety of employment & labor cases. Whatever your situation, our New Orleans labor attorneys will discuss your options and use effective legal strategies from start to finish. We know you are going through a stressful time. That is why our legal team will work diligently on your behalf from start to finish. Call us today at (504) 475-2429 to receive a free initial case evaluation.
Dedicated Representation for Clients Facing Employment Law Matters
We represent workers and businesses in a variety of labor and employment disputes. Our attorneys stay up to date on federal and state employment laws and have the experience to handle complex legal matters. Employers have a responsibility to abide by fair business practices. If you have been a victim of discrimination or retaliation, you have the right to pursue justice in a lawsuit.
Our firm provides legal services for a variety of labor & Employment disputes, including:
- Unpaid Wages
- Wrongful termination/ Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
- Workplace discrimination
- Sexual Harassment
We believe employers and business owners must be held accountable in court for unfair or illegal business practices. Our New Orleans business litigation lawyers will conduct a thorough investigation to gather evidence on your behalf. This may involve employment records, witness statements, written communications, and other documentation. We will tenaciously uphold your rights in mediation or litigation.
Understanding the Fair Labor Standards Act
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is a federal law that regulates a variety of employment practices. These include minimum wage requirements, recordkeeping, child labor standards, and overtime pay. As a comprehensive federal law, the FLSA covers employees in the private sector, as well as those who have federal, state, and local government jobs.
Non-exempt employees will be entitled to hourly wages and overtime pay (for time spent working past 40 hours a week). The rate of overtime pay is typically 1 ½ times the regular rate of pay. This means, if you work more than 40 hours a week for a regular rate of $10 an hour, you will receive $15 an hour for overtime pay. If your employer denies or delays the payment you are due, you have the legal right to seek compliance in a court order.
What You Need to Know About Employer Retaliation & Wrongful Termination
Employer retaliation refers to negative employment actions taken against a worker for participating in protected activities. These activities include filing a workers’ compensation claim, whistleblowing on illegal business practices, and taking part in union activities. If you have suffered negative employment actions simply because you participated in a certain activity, you may pursue justice by filing a lawsuit against your employer. Our New Orleans plaintiff labor attorneys can analyze your situation and guide you through the process.
Negative employment actions include:
- Passing up for a promotion
- Excluding from benefits
Wrongful termination claims often relate to discrimination and retaliation. If your employer fired you because you filed a workers’ compensation claim, you have legal protections. However, it is important to understand your employment contract. At-will employees, which comprise the majority of the workforce, may be terminated for any reason at any time without warning unless specific exceptions are listed in their contract. This means you may not be able to dispute your termination.
However, if you can prove that your termination is unlawful or breaches your employment contract, you may be able to receive compensation. For example, if you are fired on the basis of your race, gender, marital status, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, or other personal characteristics, this violates federal anti-discrimination laws. Thus, you may file a claim against your employer for wrongful termination and discrimination.
Obtain Aggressive Representation for a Labor or Employement Case– Call (504) 475-2429 Today
If you have been discriminated against, wrongfully terminated, or withheld your proper wages or overtime pay, The Chopin Law Firm LLC can help. Our team of New Orleans employment lawyers will listen to your concerns, file the necessary paperwork, and tenaciously represent your case in court. We are passionate about helping our clients seek a beneficial solution in employment law issues. Throughout the process, we will use our knowledge of the legal system to help you pursue justice.
Contact our office today to discuss your case with one of our compassionate legal advocates. We bring more than 50 years of collective experience to fight on your behalf.