Fair treatment should be the standard in every workplace. When it isn't, we fight for justice
By law, employees are entitled to work free from harassment based on their race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age or gender. No employee should be subjected to a hostile work environment, regardless of whether the harassment is from their colleagues, subordinates or supervisors.
Nevertheless, in many workplaces, harassment, discrimination and unfair practices are allowed to take root. At the Law Offices of James Morris, we have the legal acumen to hold employers accountable when they treat their employees unfairly and allow hostile practices to fester.
Some of the workplace claims we handle include:
We know that workplace fairness cases require a high degree of sensitivity. In many cases, personal as well as professional relationships exist between the people involved. Patterns of harassment can be difficult to prove, especially when employees have an interest in protecting their supervisors or places of employment.
Our experienced attorneys know how to cut through the corporate red tape, review documents, interview witnesses and determine how best to proceed with a workplace fairness case. We'll stand up to negligent employers - and their attorneys and insurance companies - and bring you the justice you deserve.
Unlike other forms of discrimination, age discrimination is something everyone could potentially face. Fortunately, all employees are protected by law. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) shields workers by prohibiting employers from discriminating against employees over 40 years old in the terms and conditions of employment.
Provisions in the ADEA protect workers from any adverse employment action taken against them because of their age. A few examples of age discrimination might include:
- Older employees are laid off in disproportionate numbers in a company downsizing, while younger workers remain in their jobs.
- The boss terminates an employee after having made comments about his or her age and encouraging the employee to retire.
- An employee is passed over for a promotion because the company hired a younger, less qualified person.
You should be aware that a company cannot terminate older employees on the grounds that providing benefits for them is too expensive, according to the ADEA. An employer must provide equal benefits for all employees or pay the same benefit costs for older and younger workers. Offering voluntary retirement to an employee does not violate the ADEA, but forcing a worker into retirement does.
(Note that the ADEA includes several exceptions - for example, police or fire department employees may have age requirements.)
If you've been a victim of age discrimination, our veteran attorneys can help. We'll review all relevant documents and interview witnesses to find the evidence we need to build a case.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) claims may relate to the hiring of one candidate over another, the providing of bonuses, raises, or professional advancement of one candidate over another, or even the termination of one candidate instead of another. If employees are subjected to employment discrimination based on their race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, or gender, they may bring a claim before the EEOC field office having jurisdiction.
Our workplace fairness attorneys have the experience to recognize the best course for documenting a pattern of behavior, conduct or decision-making that may constitute a legitimate EEOC claim.
Sexual harassment in the workplace is a serious issue that can be incredibly difficult to address. Victims may feel intimidated in pursuing a sexual harassment claim, whether the perpetrator is a supervisor, colleague, subordinate or even a vendor or third party business relation. We understand that female employees, regardless of their seniority or standing within a company, can find it difficult to speak out about sexual harassment - and while men may be less likely to be harassed, they may find it even harder to report harassment when it does occur.
At the Law Offices of James Morris, we are ready to listen to your side of the story and to put our experience to work. Tangible evidence of the harassment, such as a recorded conversation or email, will strengthen your case. However, even without that kind of evidence, we will work hard to get the justice you deserve.
Because being fired from a job becomes a permanent part of an individual's work history, the ramifications from a wrongful termination can last for decades. Job performance standards that are applied unfairly based on the race, religion, national origin, disability, age, or gender of the employees are against the law. If you believe you've been fired for illegal reasons, you may have a wrongful termination claim.
Fighting for your rights after a case of wrongful termination can be intimidating, but we are here to help bring you justice. Our attorneys can carefully review all of the documentation surrounding your termination and see if we can find a pattern of behavior on your employer's part.