Kell, Alterman & Runstein, L.L.P. offers clients legal advocacy and counsel on numerous aspects of local, state, and national labor and employment law, including discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful termination employee grievances and arbitration, compensation, and employee handbooks and manuals.
Our firm works with employees who may have experienced unlawful discrimination or mistreatment in the workplace, including wage and hour violations, wrongful termination, and other difficulties.
Discrimination and Harassment
Discrimination is rarely overt. Proving a discrimination case requires skill, tenacity, and an understanding of the business and corporate world from the management perspective. Kell, Alterman & Runstein, L.L.P. advocates for employees facing numerous types of discrimination and related harms, including:
- Age discrimination
- Sexual harassment
- Racial discrimination
- Religious discrimination
- Disability discrimination
- Gender discrimination
- Pregnancy discrimination
- Hostile work environment
Although an employer may fire an at-will employee at any time without notice or reason, an employment contract or labor agreement that provides a definite duration of employment or requires grounds for termination may nullify this general rule. Certain language in company policies or employee handbooks may also create a contractual employment right. If you believe your employer unjustly has terminated you, we suggest you consult with an attorney who can help you determine if your employer violated your rights.
In addition to contract-based claims, Kell, Alterman & Runstein, L.L.P. attorneys represent employees wrongfully discriminated against or discharged by employers in retaliation for exercising protected rights, such as reporting a health or safety violation or an unlawful practice to officials in the company or a government agency (whistleblowing). As well, our firm represents employees during grievance and arbitration procedures at their place of employment, before government agencies, and in the courts.
Wage and Hour Violations
Employers may misclassify employees as exempt from overtime, require them to work unpaid overtime hours, or forego meal periods and rest breaks. Unfortunately, employees routinely do so without complaint for fear of losing their jobs. Our firm handles cases under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and state wage and hour laws.