The thought of suing your employer may sound intimidating, but it may be possible. If you are facing mistreatment at your job, you may have the grounds to take legal action. This can get you compensation for the losses you suffer.
However, before you talk to a lawyer about bringing a lawsuit against your workplace, it is important to understand some of the main reasons for doing so. Here are a few of the most common types of workplace lawsuits:
1. Wage and hour issues
Your employer has a responsibility to pay you properly for your work. Some wage and hour violations that may justify taking your boss to court include:
- Failure to pay overtime
- Misclassification (calling you an independent contractor when you should be an employee)
- Failure to pay you at least minimum wage
If you suspect your workplace is cheating you out of the wages you deserve, filing a lawsuit may help you.
The workplace should be a safe and comfortable environment, and this is why discrimination is illegal. If your employer treats you unfairly, you may have the ability to take legal action. Your employer cannot make decisions because of your:
- National origin
- Military status
- Sexual orientation
If you feel like a victim of unjust discrimination, you should consider the benefits of taking your employer to court.
Unfortunately, not all workplaces are welcoming. In fact, some work environments are downright hostile. Bullying, hatred, violence and offensive behavior are all forms of discrimination. It is illegal for your employer to perpetrate or allow harassment. You may experience harassment from supervisors, managers, co-workers, contractors, customers or clients. One of the most prevalent kinds of workplace harassment is sexual harassment.
You should not put up with an employer who makes you feel unwelcome or mistreated. Filing a workplace lawsuit may sound scary, but it may be the best way for you to stand up for your rights.