Employment Law

Birmingham Employment Law Attorneys

We can help you with issues such as:

  • Sexual Harassment
  • Wrongful Termination
  • FMLA – Family & Medical Leave Act
  • Workplace Discrimination

Are you currently an employee that is working in Alabama, or are you interested in pursuing legal issues pertaining to a time when you were? State and federal laws exist to help protect a variety of rights you might not even know you have. You have the right to work free from discrimination, for example, as well as to be paid, at the very least, the minimum wage as well as to take a leave from work should certain issues arise. Some employers will do their best to ignore these rights and might even attempt to steamroll any attempts at discussion or resolution from you. That’s why you need an experienced employment law attorney on your side.

At Gaines LLC, we offer our clients skilled legal representation designed to help them through a wide variety of issues related to their (former or current) place of employment. Do not settle for anything less than the rights you are guaranteed by state and federal law. Instead, opt for a legal team that understands how to fight for your needs and will aggressively ensure that your rights are upheld. Gaines LLC will work tirelessly to make sure that you are not treated anything other than fairly.

Discrimination and Harassment

The federal Civil Rights Act (1964) makes it illegal for employers to make employment decisions that are based on color, religion, race, sex, national origin, and pregnancy. That means that if your employer refuses to hire you simply because they don’t agree with your religion or find out that you are pregnant, and it can be proved that they either fired you or refused to hire you based on that protected criteria, then you might have a case for discrimination in the workplace. Additionally, keep in mind that there are other federal laws in effect that also make it illegal to discriminate based on disability, age (assuming the employee is 40 years old or older), or genetic information. Businesses with 15 or more employees are subject to these regulations, and it is illegal for them to discriminate against anyone based on the above during any part of the hiring and employment process, including:

  • Hiring
  • Firing
  • Promotions
  • Benefits and Pay to Leave
  • Layoffs
  • Discipline

Note that even if Alabama does not have a law that explicitly states all of the above, federal law is still in effect and it might be possible to pursue a claim using the EEOC. You can contact experienced attorneys for more information about discrimination and harassment in the workplace in Alabama and how you can ensure that your rights are upheld.

Your Right to Time Off

In the state of Alabama, offering employees paid leave like sick days, vacation time, paid time off (PTO), and holidays is discretionary. That means that employers aren’t required to give you paid leave, including sick days. With that said, you might still be able to pursue an unpaid leave of absence for certain reasons. This includes military leave, medical and family leave, voting time, and jury duty. Additionally, remember that federal laws often govern this area of employment law as well. To find out if you have any recourse against an employer, an attorney well versed in Alabama employment law might be your best bet.

Workers’ Compensation

If you are injured on the job, you might be entitled to compensation as a result. The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) is a set of federal laws and regulations that govern workplace safety. Under this act, employers must provide employees with a safe work area that is free of any known hazards. Should the industry in question require the use of certain types of heavy machinery that might prove dangerous, employers are required to ensure that their employees receive proper training for its use as well as information about pertinent safety procedures to help keep them safe.

If you are injured while working, workers’ compensation exists to help ensure that you receive proper financial compensation for the injury, missed work, and even medical care you required as a result of the injury. Make sure you move quickly when it comes to these claims, however, as workers’ compensation claims should be completed in a timely manner.

Quality Employment Law Representation

For quality legal help, contact Gaines LLC today for more information. Our employment law lawyers are ready to look over your case and begin building a winning legal strategy.