By and large, most employers are good employers and treat their employees well. However, there are also employers who take advantage of their workers and subject them to illegal actions that can compromise their wellbeing. But how do you know when it’stime to hire an attorney to help you fight an abusive employer?  Below you’ll find a few examples.


Overtime disputes arise when a regular, non-exempt employee works more hours than a regular workday or regular work week but is not compensated for the extra time. Disputes like this can look like an employer failing to pay overtime at all, failing to pay the correct overtime, or withholding or delaying overtime pay in exchange for something else.

Contract disputes

Employment contracts lay out the obligations between an employee and employer. When miscommunication arises or when disputes come up claiming that one or both sides breached their contract, sometimes this leads to a legal dispute. In such cases, either side may claim that either services or wages are owed because the other side failed to fulfill the obligations of the contract.

Severance pay contracts

Like an employee contract, severance contracts are legally binding. Severance contracts often are offered when employers want to terminate an employee but are fearful of wrongful termination suits. Severance agreements often offer continued compensation for a limited time in exchange for an employee departing and a promise not to sue the employer. 

Wrongful or illegal termination

Wrongful termination refers to when an employee is terminated for illegal reasons. These reasons may be illegal due to an employee’s protected status or the employee may be protected by existing federal or state law. Other reasons involving wrongful termination involve termination that would breach an existing employee contract.

Discrimination based on age, sex, religion etc.

The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission protects employees from unfair treatment or termination on the basis of discrimination. Discrimination covers employees and protects them from discrimination based on race, color, age, religion, sex, national origin, genetic information, or disability. Discrimination based on these categories can manifest as unfair treatment, harassment, retaliation, or release of protected information.

So, why do I need an Attorney?

If you find yourself dealing with any of the above issues, or perhaps you have a different problems, you should contact an attorney to ensure you get the help you need. Many employees who have viable claims often wait too long after the event and then become unable to launch a claim once their statute of limitations has run out. Seeking the advice of an attorney can be the difference between winning a claim and being unable to file one for yourself.

Uplift Law is here to help

At Uplift Law we pride ourselves in helping our clients and giving them the best possible representation. With over 9 years of legal know how, Melissa Fulgencio and her team will fight for you. We specialize in thorough communication and will help you ever step of the way. Contact us today!