Standing Up for Employee Rights in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area and Throughout Missouri and Illinois
Employers can exercise significant power over their employees, and there is the potential to abuse that power to the detriment of workers. Fortunately, there are many laws in place on both the federal and state level to protect the rights of employees against unfair treatment in the workplace.
If you believe that your employer may have acted in violation of any employment law, you should discuss your legal rights with a law firm that represents employees and protects their rights. The employment law attorneys at Kilo Flynn in St. Louis are here to help you.
Unlawful Discrimination and Harassment
Numerous federal laws and state laws in Missouri and Illinois prohibit workplace discrimination and harassment based on many factors, including:
- National Origin
Employers cannot discriminate against individuals based on any of the above factors in hiring, firing, or any other employment decisions. In addition, employers may not allow anyone to be harassed based on any protected factors, such as sexual harassment, and employees are protected from having to work in a hostile work environment. Employees who are victims of discrimination or harassment can seek compensation for lost income, emotional distress, and other losses.
Labor Law Violations
State and federal laws also regulate many aspects of hours and pay for workers. Labor laws set the minimum hourly wage, requirements for overtime compensation, meal and rest breaks, workplace safety, and more. If you have lost wages because your employer failed to comply with minimum pay laws, our attorneys can help you obtain the full amount of pay you deserve. If you were denied certain rights at work, including for family and medical leave or meal breaks, you can also seek compensation.
While most employment in Missouri is at-will and employers are allowed to terminate a worker at any time, they may not lawfully terminate someone for a discriminatory reason or for a reason that violates public policy. Proving that you were wrongfully terminated can be challenging, however, as your employer will almost certainly try to provide a pretextual reason for your termination. For this reason, anyone who has been wrongfully terminated should be represented by a highly skilled employment attorney who can assist you in obtaining legal relief and compensation.
Discuss Your Rights with a St. Louis Employment Lawyer Today
While taking on your employer in a legal claim can be intimidating, you can depend on the employment attorneys of Kilo Flynn to stand up for your rights in Missouri and Illinois. If you would like to discuss a possible claim against your employer in the Missouri counties of St. Louis, St. Charles, Lincoln, Jefferson, Franklin and Crawford, and the Illinois counties of Madison, St. Clair and Monroe, call us today at 314-647-8910.