Lawyers that Help Workers in Indianapolis
Advocating for Employees’ Rights
The attorneys Cleveland Lehner Cassidy dedicate the firm’s practice to focusing on helping employees hold their employers accountable for mistreatment in the workplace. Our team of attorneys understands that you may feel vulnerable coming forward with a claim that your rights have been violated, and our compassionate advocates will work with you to understand how those who wronged you could be held accountable for unlawful actions or business practices.
We can service legal matters pertaining to the following and more:
- Federal Employment Law
- Employment Contracts
- Workplace Harassment
- Sexual Harassment
- Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
- Wage and Hour Law
- Wrongful Termination
Your Basic Rights as an Employee
Indiana is among the majority of states in the country that are considered “at-will” employment states. This generally means that an employer can terminate the employer-employee relationship at any time, for any reason, or for no reason at all.
However, you cannot be terminated for an illegal reason. Terminations based on discrimination or retaliation, for example, are illegal. Getting fired because you didn’t want to participate in illegal business practices or reported them is often unlawful. There are many such protections you may not be aware of that could apply to your situation.
As an employee in the United States, your basic rights include the following and more:
- Not to be discriminated against on the basis of your sex, race, religion, skin color, or national origin.
- Not to be discriminated against for a disability or serious medical condition.
- Not to be discriminated against because you are 40 or more years old
- To work free from illegal harassment
- To do your job without enduring unwanted sexual advances or physical touching
- To have your wages paid in full and on time
- To be paid eligible overtime wages
What Should I Do if I Feel My Rights Are Violated?
If you believe your rights at work are being violated by an employer or coworker, do the following:
- Document Everything – Take notes during meetings that could be used as contemporaneous record evidence, and journal events or communications that relate to the mistreatment. While you may feel compelled to record audio, video, or take photos, you should be cautious of your employer’s policies for doing so.
- Make a Formal Complaint – Make your complaint about how you’re being treated clearly known. It’s best to do so in writing and specifically state that you feel the treatment is unlawful discrimination or retaliation .
- Save All Documentation – In addition to creating new records, collect and protect existing documents including emails, recordings, text messages, phone logs, etc. that may be relevant to how you feel you are being mistreated at work, but you should again be mindful of your employer’s policies.
- Don’t Quit Your Job – Taking legal action against your employer doesn’t mean you have to quit your job, and quitting your job might be bad for your case.
How Cleveland Lehner Cassidy Can Help You
If you believe your rights as a worker have been violated, you should reach out to a lawyer for help. At Cleveland Lehner Cassidy, we can add clarity to your situation and help you understand your rights and how your employer may be held liable for violating them.
For a free initial consultation, contact Cleveland Lehner Cassidy online.