No matter what kind of profession you are in, you deserve to go into a workplace where you feel safe and respected. When that does not happen, it can be difficult to come into work each day. If the situation gets really bad, it may be necessary to have legal assistance.
Here are a few signs that you should hire an employment lawyer.
Your Employer Isn’t Taking Harassment Seriously
Unfortunately, harassment still occurs in the workplace these days. Whether it is sexual harassment or harassment about your religion, it can be devastating. If your employer does not take your complaints seriously, it can make the situation even worse. If you have reported harassment to your company’s human resources department and no actions have been taken, you should consult an employment lawyer next.
You Have Been Wrongfully Terminated
Although Illinois is an at-will state, employers still can’t terminate workers for illegal reasons. For example, employees can’t be fired due to their race, national origin, religion, age, disability or gender. Employers are also prohibited from terminating employees for filing for workers’ compensation or blowing the whistle on a harmful or illegal practice.
You Haven’t Been Paid Properly
When you go to work every day, you expect to be paid the wages you and your employer agreed on the day you got hired. Unfortunately, however, some employers do not always pay their workers the proper wages. If you are getting paid less than the agreed amount or not getting paid on time, you should speak to an employment lawyer promptly.
You’re Facing Discrimination
Unfortunately, workplace discrimination is not a thing of the past. People are still discriminated against at work for their race, nationality, gender, disability and age. Examples of discrimination include making deragatory remarks about a person’s race, refusing to make reasonable accommodations for disabled workers and not offering flexible scheduling for religious workers. If you have been discriminated against at work, you may want to consult an employment lawyer.
You Have Many Documents to Sign
When you are hired for a position, the employer may require you to sign several documents. This is to protect themselves against potential lawsuits in the future. If you don’t understand something in these documents, you may want to speak with an employment lawyer.