Employee Services in Mesa

Employees working in Arizona are protected by a variety of employment laws. If you are the victim of an employment-related incident, you may be entitled to a settlement. Experienced Mesa employment lawyers Michael Pruitt and Nate Hill have successfully represented countless victims and their families in employment cases for many years.

Our Mesa employment legal team is committed to helping employees whose rights have been violated in the workplace. Our employment lawyers will take your case seriously and aggressively fight on your behalf to reach a favorable and fair outcome. Our Mesa employment lawyers represent clients in a wide range of employment-related cases, such as:

  • Wrongful Termination
  • Discrimination
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Failure to Pay Overtime

Wrongful Termination

In Arizona, wrongful termination occurs when an employer fires an employee due to their race, religion, sex, or other discriminatory category. Losing your job can be a traumatic experience and in Arizona, termination can occur without a clear reason. However, employees do have certain rights and can pursue a claim of wrongful termination if they have been fired for an illegal reason.

Employers in Arizona hire employees “at will,” also known as “right to work.” This means that a contractual relationship between an employee and employer can be terminated at any time and without any clear reason. However, there are some exceptions to this rule, including the following:

  • An employee who has a written contract that clearly outlines the length of employment
  • A termination that violates the U.S. Civil Rights Act or Arizona Civil Rights Act
  • A contract that restricts an employer’s ability to fire an employee
  • Termination of an employee whose employment is protected by the Constitution of the United States or the Constitution of Arizona

If you believe that you are a victim of wrongful termination, it’s important to act accordingly by keeping proper records of all communication between you and your former employer. If possible, request all information from your former employee in writing to use as evidence.

The statute of limitations in wrongful termination cases in Arizona requires you to file a claim through the Arizona Civil Rights Division (ACRD) within 180 days of the termination. As wrongful termination cases can be difficult to prove, it is essential to have skilled legal representation on your side.

Contact a Mesa employment lawyer today to discuss your employment-related case and begin the process of recovering the compensation that you are entitled to due to your wrongful termination.

Discrimination

The Civil Rights Act and other laws prohibit employees from suffering discrimination in the workplace due to race, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, gender, or sexual orientation. At Mesa Employment Lawyer, we represent employees who have been victims of discrimination due to any of these protected categories.

Refusing to hire someone or firing someone based solely on their race, or giving certain employees less favorable terms due to their religion, are examples of workplace discrimination. However, some types of workplace discrimination are much more subtle. In Arizona, it is illegal to discriminate against a person in any aspect of employment, including the following:

  • Hiring and firing
  • Job advertisements
  • Compensation or assignments
  • Classification of employees
  • Recruitment
  • Use of company facilities
  • Testing
  • Fringe benefits
  • Training and apprenticeship programs
  • Retirement benefits, disability leave, or pay
  • Other terms and conditions of employment

There are many situations in which an employee may feel discriminated against in the workplace. For example, when an employer fails to intervene in a hostile work environment in which gender or another protected characteristic is stereotyped, demeaned, or ridiculed.

Our Mesa employment lawyers have the skill and knowledge of Arizona law needed to handle a wide range of workplace discrimination cases. Contact our office today to schedule a free case review.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment in the workplace is illegal in Arizona. The law prohibits unwelcome or inappropriate physical contact, such as kissing, hugging, touching, standing too close, or intentionally brushing up against a person. In addition, sexual harassment includes suggestive or sexually explicit comments, teasing, jokes, commentary, or questions about a person’s body or sex life.

In the workplace, sexual harassment can also manifest in other ways, such as verbal abuse or derogatory comments, inappropriate “complements,” whistling or obscene gestures, lewd behavior, circulating sexually-explicit material, name-calling, or the use of threats or promises of benefit to obtain sexual favors. If you are the victim of sexual harassment in the workplace, one or more of the following parties may be liable:

  • An employer who participated in the harassment
  • An employer who knew about the harassment and did not take the necessary steps to stop the problem
  • A supervisor or manager whose own actions are discriminatory, such as only promoting men
  • A union and its representatives
  • An employment agency
  • A religious organization even though they may have some protection from liability due to religious freedom

If you have been sexually harassed in the workplace, it’s important to take swift action. Start by telling the harasser to stop. If you do not feel comfortable directly speaking with this person, ensure that it is clear that their behavior is unwelcome. Next, you’ll want to report the harassment to management. Follow any sexual harassment complaint procedures that your workplace may have in place. Do your best to cooperate in your employer’s investigation of your complaint.

Sexual harassment in the workplace can cause extreme stress and affect your ability to do your job properly. If you have been harassed at work, reach out to a Mesa employment lawyer about how best to proceed with your claim.

Overtime

The Fair Labor Standards Act establishes a minimum wage, as well as overtime pay, youth employment standards, and recordkeeping for non-profit, private, and government employees. This Act protects the majority of employees in the U.S., including certain workers who are classified as “contractors.”

Most employers are obligated to adhere to state and federal wage-and-hour laws. Unfortunately, some employers may disregard these laws and fail to provide their workers with the overtime pay that they are rightfully entitled to. When this occurs, a Mesa employment lawyer can step in to help you recover this compensation. Examples of workers who may experience unpaid overtime include:

  • Restaurant workers
  • Grocery store workers
  • Construction workers
  • Home health aids
  • Exotic dancers
  • Retail workers
  • Delivery drivers and couriers
  • Help desk employees
  • And more

To receive overtime, an employee must be a “non-exempt” worker, meaning the employee may not fall into a category or “exemption” of jobs that are not protected by overtime laws. Some types of workers, such as independent contractors, freelance workers, and gig workers, may not be required to be paid overtime.

If you are entitled to overtime and have not been paid by your employee, you may have a case against your place of employment. Contact the Mesa Employment Lawyer employment legal team to schedule a free case review with a Mesa employer lawyer.

Contact a Mesa Employment Lawyer

The Mesa employment lawyers are dedicated to helping employees throughout Arizona recover compensation for damages incurred due to employment-related issues. For more information or to speak with a Mesa employment lawyer, contact our experienced legal team today at 480-613-7917 or fill out the form below to schedule a consultation and discuss your best legal options.

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