Your employment is often essential to your well-being. When such an important component of your livelihood is compromised because of a dispute or unlawful treatment, it can be troubling to say the least.
Since every case is different, the focus of any Alexandria employment lawyer at the Spiggle Law Firm is providing tailored and efficient representation to our clients. If you bring us onto your case, we could listen to what you need and do everything in our control to meet your needs and expectations.
Overview of Employment Law in Alexandria
For the most part, labor laws in Alexandria and all over the United States were established in an effort to ensure that the workplace is a safe and nondiscriminatory environment for all employees. In addition to employment contracts which govern the terms of a specific employment relationship, there is an entire body of law that applies to both you and your employer—with limited exceptions—that set the standard for how both parties can behave in the context of your working relationship.
Although employees in Alexandria are technically “at-will” employees, there are many exceptions to the general notion that you can be fired at whatever you’re your employer decides. Labor laws protect you from termination in situations where the termination occurred because you exercised your lawful rights under laws including:
- Virginia Human Rights Act
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
- Age Discrimination in Employment Act
- Americans with Disabilities Act
- Fair Labor Standards Act
Employment Law Practice Areas
The Alexandria employment attorneys at our firm dedicate their practices to resolving employment issues centering around a variety of subsets of employment law, including but not limited to:
- Employment contracts
- Discrimination and/or harassment
- Wage and hour disputes
- Wrongful termination
- Employee misclassification
- Whistleblower lawsuits
- Non-compete issues
- Federal employees
Employment law cases can become complicated when they involve one or more of these topics, but a skilled lawyer may be able to frame a claim to effectively deal with all the relevant issues and ensure they are properly addressed.
How Can an Alexandria Employee Protect Their Rights?
The Virginia Division of Human Rights (DHR) and the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC) are the state and federal government agencies that protect the rights of Alexandria employees to be free from discrimination in the work place.
The DHR and the EEOC have a workshare agreement and operate together to investigate claims. As a result of the workshare agreement, you do not need to file a claim with both agencies if your employer is covered under both state and federal law.
What is the Process of Dispute Resolution?
After a claim is filed with the DHR or EEOC, mediation is usually the first step in the administrative process toward dispute resolution. If mediation is not an option or is unsuccessful, the DHR or EEOC can then investigate the claim. The length of each investigation may vary depending on the facts of the case and information provided. After all administrative remedies are exhausted, litigation may be the final step.
Consult with an Alexandria Employment Attorney Today
The dynamics at play in the relationship between you and your employee can make legal issues difficult to approach. Working with an Alexandria employment lawyer who has a solid knowledge base on this subject could help you strategically manage delicate situations.
The Spiggle Law Firm represents employees across all industries because employment issues can impact anyone, no matter what your job description is or how much you are paid. To have your case reviewed by a knowledgeable attorney, click here for a free online review. To know how much your case could be worth, click here for our Case Assessment Calculator.