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Employment, Harassment, Discrimination & Civil Rights Claims

Our office represents employees who have been wrongfully discharged or subjected to harassment or discrimination at work. Dan frequently partners with other attorneys and law firms* that also handle these cases, which are highly complex and require specialized knowledge, including claims of:

Sexual Harassment

The Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) defines sexual harassment as "unwelcome sexual advancements, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature [when] submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as the basis for employment decisions [or] has the purpose or effect of … creating [an] intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment."

Most states have their own sexual harassment laws, which are generally based on federal law. But each state’s law is different. Some allow money damages for personal injuries, while others also allow punitive damages. Consult Dan Siegel to learn about your rights.

Employment Discrimination

There are many laws that affect employment decisions, including the Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Equal Pay Act, and other federal, state and local civil rights and anti-discrimination statutes. Consult Dan Siegel to learn about your rights.

Wrongful Discharge/Breach of Contract

A wrongful discharge occurs when an employee "blows the whistle" on an employer, refuses to participate in some illegal activities, or is terminated contravention of public policy. State and federal laws define which actions are illegal, as well as when an employee may have a claim against an employer for being terminated under these circumstances. Consult Dan Siegel to learn about your rights.

Family and Medical Leave Act

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) only applies to businesses that employ 50 or more workers. FMLA provides employees with the right to an unpaid leave of absence for up to 12 weeks within a 12 months period in order to handle family and medical responsibilities. Employees may take Family and Medical Leave for their own "serious health condition" or to take care of an ill child, parent or spouse. Consult Dan Siegel to learn about your rights.

Other Claims

There are other types of employment claims, including:

  • Overtime claims under state law or under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which generally require employers to pay overtime to all of their non-exempt employees who work more than 40 hours in a week.
  • Unemployment Compensation claims by workers who lose their jobs through no fault of their own.

If you, a family member, or a friend believes you have an employment harassment, discrimination or civil rights claim, you should contact Dan Siegel at (610) 446-3457; he will investigate your case and advise you of your rights.

*Dan Siegel handles employment law matters through his own law office, and also works in conjunction with other law firms, depending upon the nature of the case.

 

 

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