Philadelphia Employment Lawyers
Employment law covers many areas of an employee’s relationship with an employer. Employment laws exist to protect employees from being discriminated against or harassed in the workplace. The employment lawyers at The Ezold Law Firm can help you determine if you have a legal claim against your employer and guide you through the proper steps to take.
With 20 years of experience, our Philadelphia employment law firm has a unique perspective on employment claims. In 1989, our founder, Philadelphia employment attorney, Nancy O’Mara Ezold, became the first woman to bring to trial a claim against a law firm for sex discrimination in the denial of partnership (Ezold vs. Wolf, Block, Schorr & Solis-Cohen). Ms. Ezold gained national and international exposure, appearing on ABC’s 20/20 and other television and radio programs. She was a true groundbreaker in this area of law.
Common Causes of Employment Claims
At The Ezold Law Firm, P.C., we have successfully resolved many employment issues for our clients. We represent clients through all phases of their employment – hiring, employment and termination.
The Philadelphia employment lawyers of The Ezold Law Firm, P.C. represent employees in the following areas:
Discrimination based upon:
- Ethnic Background
- Gender or Sex
- Genetic Information
- Military Service
- National Origin
- Pregnancy Discrimination
- Sexual Harassment
- Sexual Orientation
Employment laws differ depending on what state you work in. If you believe that you have been treated differently than your co-workers based on any of the categories above, you should contact an employment discrimination attorney immediately to see what laws apply to you and what rights you have.
Other employment issues:
- Medical leaves including those under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
- Wage and Hour Claims
- Employment contracts – including executive compensation, hiring and consulting contracts, non-compete agreements, confidentiality agreements and severance agreements.
- Benefits ranging from medical insurance to executive compensation plans, stock and stock options, disability insurance, long-term incentive plans, bonuses and commission income.
We guide our employment clients to take practical actions to resolve their claims without bringing a lawsuit wherever possible, and we represent them aggressively in court when a lawsuit is warranted.
What you Need to Know About your Rights as an Employee
Most states, including Pennsylvania and New Jersey, are “at will” employment states. “At will” employment means that either the employer or the employee can legally terminate the employer-employee relationship at any time for any reason (or no reason). An employee cannot, however, be terminated, legally, based on his/her being a member of a protected class. Protected classes can include age, race, gender, national origin, disability, religion, sexual orientation and genetic information. In addition, employees cannot lawfully be terminated in violation of public policy, which includes termination for filing a Workers’ Compensation claim, serving on a jury, or refusing to commit a crime.
What you Should Know – Timing is Everything
In many states, including Pennsylvania, an employee cannot file a complaint in a court of law against an employer without first filing a claim with an administrative agency. Each administrative agency is governed by a specific set of rules and regulations. Each agency has very specific requirements about the timely filing of a claim. In New Jersey an employee can go directly to state court, and does not need to file with an administrative agency first, however you may decide that filing with the administrative agency is beneficial. If you believe that your rights were violated, it is important that you contact an attorney immediately to ensure that your rights are protected in a timely manner. The administrative agencies which the firm deals most frequently with are the:
- Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”)(Federal)
- Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (“PHRC”)
- Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations (“PCHR”)
- New Jersey Division on Civil Rights (“NJDCR”)
Each employment case is different and highly fact-intensive. The laws are complicated, requiring a careful analysis of your facts and the appropriate law to determine if you have a claim.
Contact Philadelphia Employment Lawyers at The Ezold Law Firm, P.C.
Our Philadelphia employment attorney practice has helped many clients to recover what they are owed by employers. If you believe that you have been the victim of discrimination, you should call an attorney immediately. We will assist you by carefully analyzing your claims, determining what the appropriate next steps are, and guiding you through those steps whether it requires negotiating on your behalf, seeing you through the administrative agency process or representing you in court. Discuss your claim with us today to find the best way to proceed. Call the Ezold Law Firm at (610) 660-5585 or contact us online.