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Frequently Asked Questions
Unsure if a lawyer is the right decision for your situation? Browse our FAQs to see if any of your questions are answered. If you believe you have faced harassment in the workplace or another form of workplace discrimination, reach out to the professionals at Moosbrugger Law for a free consultation.
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How do you know if you have faced workplace discrimination?
If you are an applicant or employee and are treated unfavorably by a supervisor, co-worker, customer, etc. in the workplace due to your age, color, race, gender, disability, religious views, or otherwise, then you have experienced workplace discrimination. If reasonable accommodations are not made, such as installing a ramp to cater to a wheelchair, due to negligence, then you have the right to pursue a lawsuit.
Is there a time limit to file a discrimination lawsuit against an employer?
Yes. You will want to start the process as closely as you can to when the wrongful act occurred. The statute of limitations varies depending on if it was state or federal law that was violated. It’s imperative you speak with an attorney right away to determine if you have a case and what the time limit is to file a lawsuit. Call our office at 602-845-9733 to schedule a free consultation with an employment attorney.
Can I be fired for filing a discrimination lawsuit?
You cannot be fired for reporting discrimination from your employer. You can be fired for other reasons after you have filed a claim.
What constitutes wrongful termination?
Sometimes employees are let go for reasons that are unfair or illegal. This is termed wrongful termination, wrongful discharge, or wrongful dismissal. Many scenarios may be grounds for a wrongful termination lawsuit, including:
- Firing an employee out of retaliation
- Firing a whistleblower
- Firing an employee who won’t do something illegal for their employer
If you believe you may have been fired without proper cause, our labor and employment attorneys may be able to help you recover back pay, unpaid wages, and other forms of compensation.
Are there employers I cannot file a lawsuit against?
Yes, you cannot file a discrimination lawsuit against an employer that has less than 15 employees.
When should I contact an employment lawyer?
The short answer – as soon as any form of discrimination occurs. If you feel you were discriminated against during the interview process or employment due to conditions you cannot control such as race, gender, age, religion, etc, then you may need an employment lawyer.
To be safe, contact us for a free consultation and we will give you our honest opinion if you have a case.
What constitutes sexual harassment in the workplace?
Sexual harassment is any unwanted conduct that is sexual in nature. This kind of harassment can cause you to feel uncomfortable, humiliated, or intimidated. In a workplace setting, the harasser may be a supervisor, colleague, or non-employees such as a client or customer.
Examples of sexual harassment include:
- Sexually suggestive communication, whether verbal, non-verbal, or written
- Requests for sexual favors
- Inappropriate touching
- Sexual jokes, teasing, or taunting
- Inappropriate comments or questions about your body or your personal life
If you believe you have faced sexual harassment on the job, our labor and employment attorneys may be able to get you the justice you deserve.
Do you offer consultations?
Yes! Usually, consultations are $150-$300 at a practice. However, at Moosbrugger Law, we offer FREE 30-minute consultations. If a second is required, it’s merely $125. Generally, a second consultation is never required and we know after the initial consultation if we are confident that we can win your case.
Do you offer representation for employers in Arizona?
Yes. Although our primary focus is on protecting employees’ civil rights, we offer a handful of services for employers. We offer contract/severance negotiation for employers along with drafting policies and procedures. Get in touch to discuss your needs.
What are employment agreements?
Employment agreements are contracts that outline important elements of the employee/ employer relationship. Job responsibilities, compensation, benefits, grounds for termination, severance provisions, and restrictive clauses regarding non-competition terms, trade secrets, confidentiality, and even ownership rights of intellectual property are all determined by a well-drafted employment agreement.
What are separation agreements?
Separation and severance agreements generally outline what an employee can and cannot do after their employment ends. Severance agreements often contain clauses similar to those found in employment agreements such as non-compete and non-disclosure provisions in addition to those typically found in separation agreements such as a release of any claims an employee may have against an employer, as well as financial compensation for the employee signing the agreement. Unlike employment agreements which employment is typically contingent upon, a separation or “severance” agreement comes at the end of employment and requires additional consideration for the employee.
Do you help draft employment policy handbooks?
Well-drafted employment policies, including clear policies against employment discrimination and workplace harassment, can dramatically reduce potential employment discrimination or workplace harassment issues before they create liability for employers. Having a clear policy for reporting allegations of discrimination and harassment to a particular individual or department that appropriately investigates the allegations can create a rebuttable presumption that matters of discrimination and harassment were properly addressed by an employer. Similarly, a failure to have a reporting structure and clear policy against employment discrimination and workplace harassment is evidence that allegations of discrimination or harassment were not properly addressed by an employer.
How does payment work?
To accommodate the needs of our clients, our firm offers both hourly and flat-rate agreements. Since each case is unique, the legal fees vary on a case-by-case basis. In any case, you will be fully informed of our fees before signing the written fee agreement. Additionally, for the convenience of our clients, we accept payment via credit cards for no extra charge. If you need additional information concerning the fees for our representation please contact our office.
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