Labor and Employment Law Attorneys
The Bourassa Law Group can help you with a number of labor and employment law matters. If you feel like you are the victim of discrimination, wrongful termination, harassment, or seek unpaid wages, our employment lawyers can help!
Our Labor and Employment Law Practice Areas
Contact The Bourassa Law Group today if you need help with any of the following issues. Our attorneys have years of experience to get you the best possible result for your case.
Wrongful termination occurs when an employee is wrongfully fired by his or her employer. Also known as wrongful dismissal or wrongful discharge, these matters are a common occurrence in the workplace and there are laws in place to prevent these problems or rectify a situation should it arise.
Wrongful termination claims can be filed under a variety of legal conditions, including:
- Termination for making a worker’s compensation claim
- Breach of contract
- Being owed wages or overtime
- Testifying against an employer
- Taking bereavement
- Refusal to participate in discrimination
Proving wrongful termination can be very challenging, which is why it’s important to seek the advice a wrongful termination attorney to help protect your rights as an employee. Whenever possible, our team of legal experts will aim to resolve issues between an employer and employee amicably to avoid filing a claim, saving both parties on time and money. An employer may require guidance on proper labor and employment law practices, or an employee may need legal advice before accepting an offer for employment. Whatever the circumstances, The Bourassa Law Group can help and ensure that no employee is unlawfully fired from his or her job.
Discrimination in the workplace can arise in many different forms. It is illegal to discriminate in the workplace based on any of the following:
- Marital status
Discrimination cases can be complex and a skilled discrimination attorney can provide help to employers and employees facing these very serious issues. A discrimination lawyer may help an employee have their position reinstated or be hired into a position they were refused for based on discrimination. They can also help recover compensation for lost wages, overtime, sick leave or vacation time owed. Employees may also be eligible to receive compensation for pain and suffering such as embarrassment or humiliation.
Contact The Bourassa Law Group to learn more about how we can help to protect your rights and ensure you receive fair treatment and equal opportunity in the workplace.
An uncomfortable working environment is extremely difficult to deal with. Many of us spend a large majority of our time at work and when there is harassment of any kind in the workplace, it can have an adverse affect on one’s entire life. No one should have to feel threatened by coworkers, supervisors or even customers.
Harassment can include unwelcome visual, verbal or physical conduct that affects one’s working conditions or creates a hostile working environment. Some examples of harassment include:
- Sexual harassment
- Racial slurs and name calling
- Offensive jokes
- Displaying offensive items or photos
- Bullying behaviors
- Acts of intimidation
If you are experiencing harassment in your working environment and haven’t been able to resolve it with your employer, The Bourassa Law Group can help. There is no excuse for your employer to permit harassment of any kind in the workplace; in fact, it is against the law. Employment laws hold employers responsible to prevent harassment from occurring, providing you with an equal opportunity for job satisfaction and financial security. Our employment law attorneys will inform you of your rights as an employee and help you to protect those rights. An experienced harassment lawyer can provide advice, guidance and representation.
Employment Class Action
A class action lawsuit provides the opportunity for employees to band together against a company and file a lawsuit together. When employees have experienced the same problems in regards to workplace violations a law firm can represent the entire class, building a stronger offense and increasing chances of a favorable settlement or verdict.
Employment class action lawsuits may include entitlement to benefits, violations regarding wages and hours, discrimination or employee misclassifications. The following are specific examples of possible employer violations:
- Late payment
- “Off the clock” work
- Failure to reimburse for business expenses
- Missed meal and rest breaks
- Owed vacation time or overtime
- Requiring employees to purchase goods or services from the employer
If you and your fellow employees are experiencing similar workplace violations, a class action lawsuit may be the best means to legally handle the issue. Our class action attorneys at The Bourassa Law Group can help you to seek damages while pursuing the actions that require your employer to change their practices.
Trade Secret Matters
A trade secret is an invention or compilation of information that is not generally accessible or known by others. Since there is no formal registration process as there is with a patent or trademark, identifying and protecting trade secrets can be particularly challenging. For this reason, it is important to seek professional legal advice when faced with these matters to prevent or minimize the risk of irreparable damage to your business.
In order to run a successful business, employers often need to share valuable information with their employees. This may include client lists, direct contacts or unique methods and procedures specific to their company or industry. Unfortunately, sharing this kind of information can make an employer vulnerable to leakage of proprietary information. There are laws in place to help prevent such incidents from occurring and to help recover damages should it take place. If an employee, former employee or competitor is caught stealing or sharing confidential information, business assets or violating restrictive covenants, a business owner can take legal action.
Such cases usually require swift and aggressive action in order to protect, preserve and recover a business’s property. An accomplished trade secret attorney will have the experience and resources needed to protect confidential and proprietary business information.
A trade secret attorney can effectively protect a company’s interests and recover their property. If your business is faced with a trade issue dispute, contact The Bourassa Law Group to find out how we can help.
It is not uncommon for an employer to require their employees sign a non-compete agreement or non-solicitation agreement. These agreements are meant to protect an employer’s legitimate business interests. An employer invests a substantial amount of resources in training an employee and trusts them with confidential business information including trade secrets. A properly executed non-compete agreement should include reasonable restrictions that protect their interests while allowing the employee opportunity to accept employment at another company.
Common restrictions covered in a non-compete agreement include:
- Trade secrets and other confidential business information
- Relationships with specific existing customers, or potential customers
- Specialized training
- Goodwill of customers in relation to trademarks, marketing areas and other related issues
In some cases, non-compete agreements can be difficult to enforce, particularly if the terms are not reasonable or specific, or if the employer has engaged in unlawful activity such as discrimination or breach of contract, for example.
An experienced non-compete lawyer can advise either an employer or employee on their rights. The Bourassa Law Group can review your agreement, evaluate the circumstances and determine the proper course of action.
Workplace violations regarding wage and hours most commonly involve overtime compensation, forcing employees to work extra hours they do not claim, or involve employees who are wrongly classified as independent contractors. If an employee has worked the hours, they deserve to be compensated for the time they’ve invested.
Employers are also obligated to pay their employees within a reasonable timeframe. If this responsibility is neglected, an employee may be eligible to file a lawsuit to recover the wages owed.
Another common occurrence involves rests and meal breaks during a shift. In most states, employees are entitled to a minimum 30-minute break for shifts of five hours or more. When an employer denies or does not accommodate these breaks, they may be in violation of labor laws and risk being sued by their employees for back pay. Sometimes an employer unknowingly breaks these rules. A wage and hour lawyer can provide the legal guidance they need to comply, ensuring they are protecting themselves and retaining happy employees and a positive working environment. If an employee has suffered loss, a labor and employment attorney can help them recover their damages and rectify working conditions.
The skilled legal team at The Bourassa Law Group has the experience needed to examine the facts and resolve these issues in the workplace. Contact our office for free consultation.
Breach of Contract
When a binding agreement between an employer and employee is not honored, it may be considered a breach of contract. This could include failure to perform as agreed or interference with the other party’s performance. When these situations occur legal assistance is needed to determine if, in fact, the stipulations were not met, to what extent the contract was breached, and what the outcome may be.
Not all breaches are equal in terms of their circumstances and their severity. There are also two different forms of a breach of contract: material breach and non-material breach. In a material breach of contract the breach is severe enough that it destroys the integrity of the contract. In these cases, the injured party is no longer bound to the contract. They are able to cancel the contract and can choose to sue for damages.
When a non-material breach occurs, the breach is not serious enough to destroy the integrity of the contract. Once the situation is remedied, the injured party is still obligated to perform according to the stipulations; however, they can sue for the damages they incurred. When a party sues for breach of contract occurs, they may be eligible to receive legal remedies in the form of financial damages, equitable remedies and/or restitution by the state.
Contract law is complicated and situations such as a breach of contract require experience to navigate and resolve. Contact The Bourassa Law Group to speak with a qualified breach of contract attorney and learn more about how we can help.
Contact Our Labor and Employment Lawyers
If you need help with any of these employment law issues contact The Bourassa Law Group‘s attorneys today at (800)870-8910.