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Indiana Employment Lawyers

An employment attorney can help an individual navigate their way through the EEOC process and in determining their rights. The employment law firm of Goodin Abernathy LLP caters to individuals on employment-related questions.

What Does an Employment Lawyer Do?

An employment lawyer specializes in employment-related legal services. They may represent either employers or employees in employment litigation, such as lawsuits alleging discrimination or sexual harassment. They may also work for a law firm that represents only businesses, or they may work for a firm that represents both businesses and individuals. In addition to employment litigation, employment lawyers may also advise clients on employment law compliance and draft employment agreements. 

Employment Law Consultation with Prospective Client

Employment Law Consultation with Client

The Indianapolis Employment Law Attorneys of Goodin Abernathy LLP understand the complex legal issues that can arise in the workplace.  They have handled employment law issues from both the employer and employee perspective and have a proven track record of moving toward a resolution in these matters. We work with many professionals – including doctors, pharmaceutical reps, medical sales professionals, engineers and more. Sometimes, employment issues happen, but we are here to help make the process as smooth as possible. We take pride in our attorney client relationship and providing the best employment law attorney for your needs.

Employment Disputes We Advise On:

Retaliation/ Wrongful Termination

When an employee is subject to wrongful termination, it can have a devastating effect on their life. Not only do they lose their income, but they may also struggle to find new employment. Employee rights are important, and employees should be aware of their rights in case they are ever wrongfully terminated. Generally speaking, employees can only be wrongfully terminated if they are fired for an illegal reason. This includes things like discrimination, retaliation, and breach of contract.

Wage and Hour Claims

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, wage and hour claims are the most common type of complaint filed with the agency. These claims can involve a variety of issues, including minimum wage violations, overtime pay disputes, and illegal deductions from paychecks. 

Workplace Discrimination

Workplace discrimination is a complex and sensitive issue that can have a profound impact on those involved. When an individual files a claim of discrimination, they are alleging that they have been treated unfairly due to their protected status. Protected statuses under federal law include race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, and age. Discrimination can manifest in a variety of ways, including hiring and firing practices, unequal pay or workplace harassment. Hostile work environments are not something you should have to be a part of so it’s important that you are reporting discrimination when it occurs and talking to employment attorneys in necessary.

Harassment Claims

Harassment in the workplace is a serious issue that can lead to a hostile work environment. If you feel that you have been the victim of harassment, it is important to report the incident to your employer. Your employer should then investigate the claim and take appropriate action.

Sexual Harassment 

In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of sexual harassment claims made against employers. This is a serious issue we cover in employment law, that can have a major impact on both the victim and the company. This can take many forms, including unwanted physical contact, unwelcome sexual advances, and offensive comments or gestures. 

Severance Agreement Negotiations

When an employee is terminated, their employer may ask them to sign a severance agreement. During severance agreement negotiations, it is important to have an experienced employment attorney on your side. They can help you understand the terms of the agreement and make sure that your rights are protected. The employment attorneys at Goodin Abernathy are very well versed in handling these agreements. If you have questions about a severance agreement, or if you are being asked to sign one, contact our law firm today!

Unpaid Commisions

Unpaid commissions are a common occurrence in the business world. In many cases, commission-based sales employees are not paid their commissions until after the products they have sold are delivered or the services they have provided are completed. This can often create a situation in which the employee is not paid for weeks or even months of work. 

Non-compete Agreements

A non-compete agreement is a contract between an employer and an employee in which the employee agrees not to compete with the employer during or after the employment relationship. Non-compete agreements are typically used to protect an employer’s trade secrets or other confidential information. 

Does being an Indianapolis Employment Law Firm Matter?

Simple answer, yes. Every state is different in how they handle an employment dispute. So it’s important that the legal counsel you end up working with know’s their state’s employment laws and can provide correct legal services. 

Indiana is an “at will” employment state, however, that does not mean employers can hire and fire indiscriminately.  Indeed, Federal and State employment laws protect employees from discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. As an employee in Indiana, it is important to understand your rights and responsibilities because what you don’t know can hurt you. Working with Indiana employment law attorneys can help you better understand.

(“EEOC”)

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces Federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination.  These laws protect employees against employment discrimination when it involves:

• Unfair treatment due to the employee’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age (40 or older), disability, pregnancy or genetic information.
• Harassment by managers, co-workers, or others in the workplace because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy or genetic information.
• Denial of a reasonable work accommodation necessary because of religious beliefs, disability or pregnancy.
• Retaliation because an employee complained about job discrimination, or when an employee assisted with a job discrimination investigation or lawsuit.

 Goodin Abernathy LLP’s Indianapolis employment attorneys provide free consultations to individuals on employment related questions. 

 Frequently Asked Questions 

What is the most basic employee right in the workplace?
You have the right to be safe and healthy in your workplace. Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act this right is protected.

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