Employment Law and Discrimination

Although most commonly thought of as protection against racial, sexual, or age discrimination, employment law can cover an array of complex issues:

Wrongful Termination

If you were recently laid off or fired and believe that you lost your job for an unlawful reason, you may be able to take legal action against your former employer. In order to win a case against your employer, it will be necessary to prove that your termination was "wrongful".

Civil Rights Employment

Illegal reasons for firing/laying off an employee include:

  • Firing as a form of discrimination
  • Firing that violates oral or written employment agreements
  • Firing in violation of labor laws
  • Firing as a form of retaliation against the employee for filing a complaint or claim against the employer

If you believe you were illegally terminated, contact our attorneys today so we can begin reviewing your case.

Discrimination

Workplace discrimination is illegal and unjustifiable. Types of discrimination include but are not limited to:

  • Gender discrimination
  • Age discrimination
  • Ethnic discrimination
  • Religious discrimination
  • Sexual orientation discrimination
  • Disability discrimination
  • Pregnancy discrimination

When prospective or current employees face discrimination of any kind, they are entitled to take legal action.

If you have faced any form of discrimination, please contact our firm immediately. Our civil rights and employment law attorneys have successfully represented victims of discrimination throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and the greater Lehigh Valley, using their extensive knowledge of civil rights and employment law to guarantee that your rights remain protected.

Unemployment

After losing a job, unemployment benefits can be a crucial source of income. Unemployment benefits provide individuals with the temporary financial assistance they need while unemployed. However, not all workers will be eligible for benefits, and some workers will be denied benefits even though they should be eligible.

If you were denied unemployment benefits, contact our office right away. There are strict appeal deadlines, and you will likely be scheduled to appear at a hearing.

Racial/Sexual Harassment

All employees deserve to be treated with respect by co-workers and superiors, regardless of their race, religion, gender, and sexual orientation. Harassment at work can greatly interfere with productivity, result in withholding job benefits, create a hostile work environment, and negatively impact an employee's emotional well-being.

If you feel you are being harassed, threatened, or have suffered discrimination of any kind, you do not have to cope with it on your own. Contact our civil rights and employment law attorneys today so that we can begin investigating your case immediately.

Police Brutality/Excessive Force

We trust police officers to display good judgment and use their authority to protect our communities. Occasionally, however, members of law enforcement will abuse their power and exhibit behavior that is excessively brutal or violent. The law requires that police officers use only enough physical force to gain control of a situation. When an officer oversteps the boundaries of the law, citizens have the right to hold them responsible for their actions.

If your civil rights have been violated by a police officer, contact our attorneys today. We will defend your rights and work tirelessly to ensure that you receive a favorable outcome.

School Violence

Schools are responsible for taking necessary measures to control known, dangerous students and maintain a safe campus. When preventable or reoccurring violent behavior erupts on school grounds, the school or school district may be partially to blame.

School violence can take various forms. It can occur:

  • when a student uses a weapon at school
  • when a student makes threats
  • when a student displays some type of aggressive behavior

Though these actions vary in severity, they all may disrupt the learning process and make other students feel uncomfortable or afraid to go to school.

Winegar, Wilhelm, Glynn & Roemersma is committed to representing students exposed to preventable school violence. If your child was injured or emotionally traumatized due to school violence, contact our firm today. We will evaluate the school in question to determine if it took necessary measures to protect its students from violent behavior.