Delmas A. Costin, Jr. Bronx employment lawyer , answers your questions about employment law
What is employment law?
Employment law is the area of law that concerns the legal aspects of the employer-employee relationship, from hiring through termination. This includes claims and litigation concerning cases concerning an employee’s hours and wages, cases of misappropriation of trade secrets, and cases concerning enforcement of non-competition agreements. Employment law also deals with employment discrimination cases, including cases dealing with claims of race, sex, religion, age, national origin and disability discrimination. Additionally, this broad area of law covers employee benefits, retirement and pensions, workers’ compensation, fair wages, and workplace safety standards.
Employment law is made up of federal and state statutes, administrative rules and regulation, and case law (laws determined by the outcomes of court cases). The Department of Labor at both the state and federal level is a prominent administrative agency created for administrative rules and regulation for this particular area of law.
What should I do if I believe I am being harassed at work?
Do you believe that you are being harassed at work due to your race, sex, color, religion, age, nationality, or sexual orientation? If so, the first thing you need to find out is if your employer has put in place a policy for dealing with workplace harassment. If there is such a policy, you should follow the procedures listed by your employer in your employee handbook in order to report the harassment. If your employer does not have a policy for dealing with workplace harassment, your only remaining course of action would be to file a workplace discrimination charge with either the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or with the New York State.
What is overtime pay under federal law?
According to the Fair Labor Standards Act, an employer must pay you for all of the hours you worked during a work week that exceeded forty hours. However, some employees are not eligible to get overtime pay because you are classified as an exempt employee. Examples of exempt employees include salespeople, professional employees, management and executives.
Are you being harassed at work? Did you not receive all of the overtime wages or benefits you rightfully deserve? Do you need an experienced Bronx employment lawyer who will protect your rights and fight for what you rightfully deserve? If so, please call Bronx employment lawyer Delmas A. Costin, Jr. at (718) 618-0589.