In the course of your workday, you discover something that seems unhealthy or unsafe for the employees or consumers of your company. You may have information about contaminated food, vehicles not being properly maintained, unethical accounting procedures, not paying employees, not paying taxes, or violations of OSHA standards. These are all potential reasons for whistle-blowing — the term we use when an employee reports a civil violation committed by his or her employer. If you have been fired for filing a complaint, or need to lawfully reveal a company’s wrongdoing, we can help.
But do you blow the whistle? Is this situation illegal or unethical enough to risk all this? Or should you be loyal to the company and pretend none of this is happening?
You decide to blow the whistle and as a result, your employer takes action against you such as harassment or threats, isolation, demoting you, transferring you to an undesirable work location, assigning new and undesirable duties, reducing your benefits or pay, giving you an undeserved poor performance review, or firing you. Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, you can make a lawful claim as a result of this work retaliation. It takes a lot of courage to report wrongdoing in the workplace. Know how to prepare yourself and what to expect by talking to an attorney. We have helped guide employees through the process of filing a whistle-blower claim and/or filing a retaliation claim. It is not easy to arrive at the decision to blow the whistle, or suffer the ramifications of retaliation. An experienced lawyer at your side can help.
If you need advice regarding an employment contract, non-compete agreement, severance agreement, etc., we can assist.
If you have been presented with a contract, before signing, it is wise to have a lawyer review it to make sure your best interests are being represented. We can review general employment contracts, severance agreements and non-compete covenants. By necessity, your contract will be filled with legal language and stipulations. We want to help you focus on your career, not your contract. We will review your contract and explain each provision in easy to understand language. We will meet with you to ensure that this contract meets your goals. If it does not, we can negotiate on your behalf. If you have been laid off and have not received the compensation your employment contract provides for, reach out to our employment law attorneys. We will conduct a thorough contract review and fight for your rights to recover the funds you are owed. Similarly, if you feel the employer is unjustly enforcing a non-compete agreement, we may be able to help you negotiate new terms.
Unemployment compensation programs are designed to provide financial aid to those who lost their job at no fault of their own, while they are seeking new employment. In most cases, if an employee quits his or her job, they are not eligible for unemployment benefits. However, if the employee left due to the work environment, then the employee may be entitled to unemployment compensation. Some legitimate reasons for leaving a job that would entitle you to unemployment benefits include harassment, discrimination, and hazardous working conditions. No one should have to be subjected to a hostile or dangerous work environment. If you were forced to leave your job for these reasons, we can help you get the compensation you deserve. When an employer creates a hostile work environment, they are not only disregarding the law, they are disregarding your rights as an employee.
Requirements that are usually needed in order to receive compensation after losing a job include:
Each state has different programs. We can help navigate you through Florida unemployment law.
When a person is laid off or otherwise loses their job, he or she often counts on unemployment benefits to help them get by financially in the short term. This is not always the correct assumption to make. Instead, it is a good idea to seek skilled legal advice.
Sometimes employers may claim a person was terminated for improper behavior or other forms of misconduct. It may be the employer terminated your position due to your voicing an opinion or making a harassment claim. We will thoroughly investigate the background as to why you were terminated and will aggressively advocate for your rights.
When an employer challenges the claim of a former employee to compensation, then the former employee must go to court in order to dispute his former employer’s claim. In this situation, an unemployment attorney may be needed in order to ensure your rights are being represented. Since each state’s compensation program is different, only an attorney who specializes in employment law in Florida can give you the legal counsel you need. Our law firm has a vast amount of experience in dealing with such cases, and will aggressively fight for your rights.
If you have been denied benefits, an appeal can be made to the Agency for Workforce Innovation (AWI). This appeal must happen within 20 days of the denial of a request for benefits. Do not risk losing benefits trying to handle this on your own. Let us draft an appeal letter to the AWI and provide experienced legal representation in your unemployment hearing.
An initial unemployment compensation hearing can take place in our office or over the phone. You will be provided the opportunity to defend your claim to the hearing officer, and the employer will defend theirs. It is very important that you have all supporting documentation with you for this hearing, even if you have previously submitted them to the AWI. We are also available to represent you in any further hearings.
You have found an outstanding employee and want to keep him or her with your company. However, immigration problems may arise when your employee is a foreign national. While wait times are generally shorter for employee green cards than for other kinds of resident status, the process can be tedious and time consuming. You do not want to risk missing a section of the form, being denied and having to appeal. When it is time to secure a visa, it is time to contact us. We have handled all kinds of visa and green card applications.
We can help determine which visa best fits your employee’s situation. We can help with:
Under the NAFTA Professional (TN) visa, professionals from Canada can work in the United States if they meet several requirements, including the employee is qualified for the job and they have a job offer in writing. This visa is renewable for as long as the employee works for the company. If you need assistance regarding obtaining a TN Visa, we can help you understand your options.
Attorney Andrew OBeidy has first-hand experience with immigration; he is from Canada himself. If you are a citizen of Canada who has a job offer in the United States, we are here to help. You need to focus on your job. Let me do mine. Le parle Français.
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