An Employment Dispute Lawyer Can Assist with Workplace Conflict
Employment disputes can emerge in a variety of ways, including workplace harassment, discrimination, worker’s compensation, or wage claims. If you feel that you have been treated unfairly in the workplace, Dunsing & Deakins, LLC can fight for the compensation you deserve. The attorneys at Dunsing & Deakins, LLC have over four decades of combined experience defending employees in employment dispute matters. For answers to your questions about an employment dispute or other legal services, call the Denver, CO, attorney team of Fred A. Dunsing, Lucy H. Deakins, and Joseph W. Galera today.
What to Expect from an Employment Dispute Lawyer
Employment dispute lawyers help employees receive what is rightfully theirs while at work. Common types of cases involving a dispute while at work include being wrongfully terminated, harassed while on the job, suffering an on-the-job injury, negotiating salary and benefits, or fighting for your right to work for a competitor. Typical litigation takes on these forms:
- Wrongful termination: Employment in Colorado is “at will,” meaning either the employee or employer can terminate the working relationship at any time, for any reason or for no reason. However, there are exceptions to this rule, such as the prohibition against an employee being fired for exercising their right to safe and a hazard-free workplace.
- Harassment and discrimination: Employees have the right to work in an environment free from harassment and discrimination. If an employer requires inappropriate favors in exchange for a promotion or as a condition of remaining employed, the employee is entitled to compensation. The same is true if an employer fires an employee based on race, religion, or another protected class.
- Wage claims: Employers are required to pay wages in a timely manner, and in the amount agreed upon at hire. When this does not happen, the employee has the right to make a wage claim and demand full compensation. The law extends not only to wages earned, but also bonus pay, vacation benefits, and final pay upon leaving a job.
- Non-compete agreements: In some instances, an employer may require an employee to sign an agreement not to compete, which can limit employment prospects upon leaving a job. These agreements are required to be specific in time and scope, and when the agreement not to compete falls outside legal parameters, the employee is entitled to bring an action seeking to have the agreement invalidated.
- Worker’s compensation: On-the-job physical injuries are serious matters, and can require lengthy rehabilitation and extensive medical care before the employee is able to return to work. Employers are required to provide a safe and hazard-free work zone, and when that requirement is not met and injury is the result, the employee may seek reimbursement for damages by initiating a worker’s compensation action.
- Whistleblower litigation: A whistleblower is an employee who reports illegal activity on the part of their employer. When doing so, the employee is protected from termination by whistleblower laws. If he or she is then fired for reporting unlawful activity, action can be brought against the former employer for wrongful termination. The rationale behind these laws is that employees should not be fearful of losing their job simply for reporting illegal or questionable actions and policies on the part of their employer.
Employment dispute lawyers help employees receive what is rightfully theirs while at work.
What to do if You Have an Employment Dispute
If you have been fired wrongfully, have been hurt while working, need a thorough review of an employment contract, or have not been paid for your work, now is the time to contact an experienced employment dispute lawyer. Top tips on gathering evidence to support your claim include keeping a diary of events, following protocol and reporting issues to your Human Resources Department, and retaining copies of any written reports given to you by your employer. Creating a paper trail becomes essential when putting the pieces together for litigation. If your dispute centers around harassment, make certain to document any investigation performed by your employer and provide the results of the investigation to your attorney. If you have been hurt while working, it is critical to obtain the medical records associated with your treatment and obtain a physician’s diagnosis and prognosis. Of these tips, the best thing you can do is to partner with a knowledgeable employment dispute attorney for aggressive pursuit of your case.
Contact Our Office for More Information
If you have an employment dispute, we know how to protect your rights as an employee. We take steps to obtain full and fair compensation for any injuries, and can challenge a non-compete agreement so you are free to work and earn a living. To schedule an initial office consultation, contact us online, or call us in Denver, CO, at (303) 758-8981 or in Avon, CO, at (970)-343-0023.
“Lucy, Wendi, and Fred were all amazing throughout my case. Lucy's knowledge and expertise, as well as the law firm's professional connections with mediators and child family investigators, led to a custody resolution that truly represents the best interest of my son. Many thanks!” - Satisfied Client