Employment Law in West Hartford
For over 40 years, our dedicated employment law attorneys at The Upton Law Firm, LLC have been advocating for the rights of employees in our state. We don’t represent employers or insurance companies, but have instead dedicated our services to those who have wrongful termination, discrimination, and other employment law claims.
We value your work as an employee in Connecticut, and are passionate about upholding the laws that surround your rights to work in a safe and legal way. If you think that your rights as an employee in Connecticut have been breached, we want to meet with you. Call us today for your consultation with our legal team.
Our Employment Law Practice Areas
Our experienced employment lawyers are well-versed in the many issues that employees in our state may encounter. We provide qualified legal representation to employees who are facing:
- Workplace discrimination. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission(EEOC), which is responsible for enforcing federal laws the prevent discrimination, explains that it is illegal to discriminate against someone on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, pregnancy, disability, age, or because a person participated in a discrimination investigation or filed a discrimination lawsuit. If you have been discriminated against, you have legal rights.
- Wage and hour disputes. There are both federal and state wage and hour laws in place that apply to workers in Connecticut and regulate how many hours a person can work, what the minimum wage for hours worked is, when overtime pay must be paid, and when a worker is eligible for things like paid time off and protections under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Wage and hour disputes are very common, and employees are often misclassified to pay them less than they deserve.
- Wrongful termination. While a sizable percentage of employees in the state of Connecticut are at-will employees, which means that they can be fired at any time without cause, there are some reasons for which an employee, even an at-will one, cannotbe let go. Termination is wrongful when it is discriminatory, is in retaliation to an employee exercising their legal right (such as reporting a workplace safety violation), or when it violates an employee contract.
- Safety breaches. Employees in our state have the right to work in a workplace that is safe and reasonably free from hazards. Indeed, the federalOccupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 was implemented for this purpose precisely. Unfortunately, workplaces are not always kept in a safe condition, and if a worker reports this, they may be retaliated against. This is a breach of federal law, and a worker who has been retaliated against has legal rights.
- Whistleblower and workplace retaliation. As an employee, you have a number of rights. These include the right to be trained in your own language, to be protected from toxic chemicals, to report an injury or illness if you’re harmed at work, freedom from discrimination, and other protections as outlined by state and federal laws. If you are retaliated or discriminated against for exercising these rights, you can file a whistle-blower claim, or even file a lawsuit directly against your employer.
We also have experience representing employees who are seeking certain benefits, such as workers’ compensation benefits, or have other disputes with their employer.
What to Do If Your Rights Are Being Violated
If you believe that your rights in regard to any of the above topics are being breached, it is important that you take action quickly. We strongly recommend that you:
- Begin documenting your claim as soon as possible. If you believe that any type of employment law violation is occurring, you should start documenting this violation as soon as possible. The more evidence that you can collect and the more documentation that you have, the stronger your claim will be. Write down every conversation that you have with your employer relevant to the breach, and keep any physical evidence that exists (i.e. letter of termination, etc.).
- Meet with an employment law attorney. The second thing that you should do if you believe that your rights as an employee have been breached is to schedule a consultation with an experienced employment law attorney for a review of your case. An attorney who is skilled and knowledgeable in employment law will help you to understand whether a legal violation has occurred, and if so, what your rights are moving forward and what remedies are available to you. While working with an attorney is not required, it is one of best ways to ensure that you understand the process, and to improve the outcome of your employment law case.
- File a complaint. Assuming that you have a case, your attorney will likely advise you to file a complaint with the appropriate division of the Connecticut Department of Labor. You must file a complaint within a specific amount of time, so do not delay – if you wait too long, the DOL will not investigate your claim. The website for the Wage and Workplace Standards Division of the DOL explicitly states that only complaints filed within two years of the alleged occurrence will be investigated.
Our Employment Law Attorneys Are Here
At the law offices of The Upton Law Firm, LLC, we take wage, hour, and other employment and labor violations very seriously. We know that if your rights as a worker in our state have been infringed upon, you may feel as though you have no legal recourse or option. But you are not alone; our legal team is here to help you stand up to your employer and seek remedy for any violation that has occurred.
To schedule your free initial case review with our legal team where you can learn more about your rights and how our lawyers can help, please call us directly at 860-893-0558. All consultations are 100 percent confidential.