Good employers will take measures to ensure that their employees are taken care of. If an employee reports discrimination or complains about sexual harassment, an employer should follow the necessary steps in order to properly handle the situation. Unfortunately, many employers do not play by the rules, and the employee suffers a demotion or is wrongfully terminated.
At Carter Law Offices, our Kansas City employment lawyers stand up for employees and make certain that their rights are protected. Our law firm represents individuals in employment law claims from our offices in Kansas City, Missouri. At our firm, we only side with the employee — never siding with large companies or organizations.
If you've faced discrimination in the workplace, or been fired without cause, call 816-283-3500 today for a free consultation with an experienced Kansas City employment lawyer.
Ready To Handle A Wide Range Of Employment Law Issues
Our experienced attorneys are ready to advocate on your behalf if you believe you have been treated wrongly from the following situations:
- Discrimination: If you have experienced unlawful bias in pay or wrongful termination, we will stand up for your rights.
- Retaliation: If you have been retaliated against for complaining about sexual harassment or discrimination, or reporting fraud or illegal activity — then you have been treated unlawfully and you may be able to sue.
- Whistleblower: Those who report or refuse to go along with illegal activity such as fraud are entitled to legal protection under the "Whistleblower" Act and other laws.
- Sex discrimination: If you have been wrongfully terminated, suffered a downgrade in working hours or pay decrease because of your sex, you may be entitled to compensation.
- Disability discrimination: Companies can be found liable when they discriminate because of one's disability. Also, companies must provide reasonable accommodations for a person with a disability. If disability discrimination occurs, you may have a lawsuit.
- Racial discrimination: If you are experiencing racial harassment or discrimination in the workplace, our firm will protect your rights.
- Pregnancy discrimination: Federal laws protect mothers. If you have returned to work after maternity leave to find that your job has been filled or is not needed, you may be able to file a claim.
- Sexual harassment: If you have been subjected to sexual harassment or retaliated against for complaining about sexual harassment, our firm will fight for your rights.
- Hostile work environment: You do not have to suffer through working in a hostile work environment. Talk to an attorney from our firm about ways to correct the situation and laws that protect your rights as an employee.
- Unpaid overtime: Federal and state laws require companies to pay overtime to hourly employees. If you have been treated unfairly or have not been paid for your overtime hours, we can help.
- Off-the-clock pay: Whether you are at work or off-site, if you perform work for your employer, you must be paid for it. We can help you get compensation for off-the-clock pay.
- Meals and rest breaks: Although there are no laws requiring you to work during a meal or rest break, you may be entitled to pay if you have been forced to work or your employer refuses to pay you for work performed during break periods.
- Shareholder disputes: We represent employees who have become co-owners in the business where they work. These cases often involve a minority shareholder not being treated fairly by someone else who is in greater control. If you have been fired or shut out of the business, we will fight for your rights.
Gender-Based Employment Discrimination
Even though women make up a larger percentage of the workforce than ever before, women are still victims of illegal discrimination in the workplace. Discrimination can take on many forms, including wrongful termination, sexual harassment and the failure to receive promotions or pay raises based on the worker's sex.
In almost all discrimination claims, employers will not admit to discriminating against an employee on the basis of sex. Employers will typically have some kind of excuse at the ready to justify firing, demoting or taking some kind of adverse action against an employee. Our job as your lawyer is to demonstrate the weakness of the employer's claims. We will unearth all the available evidence of discrimination to help you get the money damages you are entitled to under law. Damages for employment discrimination can include reinstatement, back pay, front pay and emotional distress. You may be entitled to punitive damages as well. Our aggressive, determined approach has led to successful results in both settlement negotiations, and in litigation.
Facing Retaliation in the Workplace?
We see it time and time again. An employee makes a complaint to his or her employer about some kind of illegal action. Maybe an employee brings a complaint about discrimination in the workplace. Perhaps an employee is suffering from sexual harassment. Unfortunately, instead of investigating the complaint and doing something about it, the employer fires the employee who makes the complaint. Retaliating against an employee for reporting illegal conduct to his or her employer is illegal under a number of state and federal laws.
We often bring retaliation claims along with discrimination, sexual harassment or other claims against an employer. In order to win a retaliation claim, it will be necessary to prove that you suffered some kind of adverse action as a result of the complaint, whether it was termination, demotion or another action.
Contact Us Today
If you feel that you have been wrongfully terminated from your job or demoted due to discrimination or harassment, schedule a free consultation with an employment lawyer by calling the Carter Law Offices at 816-283-3500.