Regardless of your job, as an employee in the state of Alabama, you have certain rights. These rights are protected by both state and federal employment laws, and when they are breached, there may be remedies available to you. At the office of the Cochran Law Firm, our skilled employment law attorneys can represent you if you believe that one of your rights has been breached. Please contact us today for a free consultation and information about what steps to take next.
Our Alabama Employment Law Practice Areas
With over 40 years of experience behind our name, our employment law firm is prepared to represent clients in all types of employment law cases. We are solely a plaintiff firm, representing those whose rights have been breached and who deserve a legal remedy. Our employment law practice areas include:
Wage and hour laws. Regardless of whether you are a full-time or part-time employee, you have the right to be paid the federal minimum wage, which is $7.25 per hour (Alabama has not adopted a state minimum wage). Further, you also have the right to 1.5 times your normal wage (time and a half pay) for any hours worked over 40 in a seven-day period. Depending upon your occupation and your position, you may also be entitled to paid or unpaid leave. If you have been paid less than the federal minimum wage or have been wrongfully denied leave or overtime pay, call our lawyers immediately.
Workplace discrimination. A myriad of federal laws prohibit discrimination in the workplace, including the Civil Rights Act of 1964, The Pregnancy Discrimination Act, The Equal Pay Act of 1963, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and more. Types of discrimination that are prohibited include discrimination based on age, gender, religion, pregnancy, genetic information, color, national origin, ethnicity, disability, and more. If you believe that you have been unfairly treated because of one of these conditions, you may have the right to compensation and other forms of relief.
Workplace harassment and sexual harassment. Workplace harassment and sexual harassment are types of discrimination. When workplace or sexual harassment interferes with an employee’s ability to do their job, or when it creates a hostile work environment, the law has been broken.
Retaliation and unlawful termination. While many employees can be terminated at-will and without cause, employers cannot terminate an employee nor take any other adverse action against themin retaliation to that employee exercising one of their protected rights, regardless of at-will status. Examples of protected rights include voting, reporting discrimination, filing a workers’ compensation claim, reporting an unsafe work condition, and more. Going up against an employer who has retaliated against you can be intimidating – let our lawyers even the playing field.
Safety and health violations. All employees have the right to a safe workplace that is reasonably free from serious hazards. When an unsafe working condition exists, a worker has the right to report the condition to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and to do so without repercussion.
Workers’ compensation. Workers’ compensation is designed to provide employees who are injured in workplace accidents compensation for medical expenses and a portion of their lost wages. You not only have the right to file a claim for workers’ compensation after an on-the-job incident leaves you harmed, but you also have the right to appeal a denied claim, negotiate a settlement, and continue to work for your employer (assuming you are able to do so).
If you have questions about the law or your rights under it, do not hesitate to call our firm. We are here to answer your questions and provide you with the legal guidance you need.
Remedies Available When Your Rights Are Breached
The types of remedies that may be available to you if you are the victim of an employment law breach vary significantly depending upon the legal violation that took place. For example, the remedies for workplace discrimination might include:
Compensatory damages, including back-pay and front-pay benefits, benefits for medical expenses associated with the discrimination (i.e. psychological health services), attorneys’ fees, court costs, noneconomic damages for emotional harm suffered, and any other out-of-pocket expenses;
Punitive damages, which are designed to punish the employer for their actions (the employer may also face a fine assessed by the State of Alabama or the federal government); and
Reinstatement to your position.
Consult with our law firm to learn more about the remedies that may be available to you based on the specifics of your case.
Why Work with Our Employment Lawyers?
When you are the victim of an employment law violation, you deserve to be represented by an experienced lawyer who will put you first. Our Alabama employment law attorneys at The Cochran Law Firm have been serving clients for more than 40 years. We are one of the largest plaintiff firms in the country, and have a team of high-profile, seasoned attorneys. We have a strong reputation, a track record of success, and we always work on a contingent fee arrangement – we believe that great legal representation shouldn’t be a privilege reserved for the affluent.
Next Steps to Take
If you believe that your employer has committed an employment law violation, it is important that you take action quickly – if you wait too long to file a complaint, you may be in violation of the statute of limitation. Our lawyers recommend reporting your issue to your HR manager or direct supervisor, keeping detailed notes about the violation, and then calling an attorney as soon as possible to discuss your case. Your attorney can advise you regarding the next steps to take, including filing a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or the Alabama Department of Labor.
Reach Our Alabama Employment Law Attorneys Today
When your rights have been breached, you deserve recompense. For the assistance of an experienced, knowledgeable attorney who will work hard for you, please call The Cochran Firm today at (205) 994-855 or 1-800-THE-FIRM, visit our Birmingham location in person, or send us a message using the contact form on our website.