Employment lawyers are trained, skilled attorneys specializing in matters of labor, contracts, and the treatment of workers. Both bosses and employees alike may find themselves in need of legal advice if there is ever a dispute over the terms of employment. Here are some of the most common legal scenarios, and how an employment lawyer can help.
If a worker feels that they have been fired because of discrimination, retaliation, or a breach of contract terms, they may file a lawsuit against the employer for wrongful termination or dismissal. There are over 20 different types of legal grounds for a successful employee case of wrongful dismissal.
Discrimination or Harassment
Employers can sometimes handle work-related discrimination charges or harassment cases on their own, but other times, it’s best to call in an employment lawyer. Serious claims or multiple claims made by separate employees could result in a larger lawsuit case. Civil lawsuits cost the economy $239 billion every year, so it’s worthwhile to get a lawyer on your side — whichever side you’re on.
Injury at Work
While worker’s compensation lawyers typically handle most work-related injuries, an employment lawyer may help with an additional lawsuit if your (or one of your worker’s) injuries were the result of faulty equipment, toxic substances on-site, or neglectful management. A fall at work because of defective safety equipment, for example, could result in a traumatic brain injury that requires an emergency department visit (there are 523,043 every year) or hospitalization (62,334 annually). These more serious damages could lead to more extensive lawsuits or trials that
require legal advice.
Whether you’re in upper management, on the ground floor, or somewhere in between, you likely spend a large amount of time on-the-job. Disputes, accidents, or interpersonal clashes are bound to happen at some point or another. Understanding when to send the issue to HR and when you may be in need of more expert legal help will save you a lot of time and grief, no matter which side of the manager’s desk you’re on.