4 Common Workplace Issues and Solutions
If you work for a living, chances are you’re going to face at least one difficult situation in your career. Whether that’s a workplace injury, or a wrongful dismissal, or you’re dealing with a company that turns a blind eye to a hostile work environment, there may come a time when you need to consult an employment lawyer. Here are four important items an employment lawyer can help with:
1. Wrongful dismissal.
If you have been terminated and believe it was a wrongful dismissal, an employment lawyer can review your case to determine whether or not there really were grounds to terminate your employment. They’ll look at things such as disciplinary actions, conduct issues, if there were problems with you getting to work on time, and any other factors that can contribute to a valid termination. If nothing has been documented in your employment file and issues were never raised with you in a formal setting, there may be merit to your case.
2. Workplace harassment.
Harassment and bullying can become a chronic problem if an employer doesn’t address the problem right away. If you’ve advised your employer of an issue and nothing has been done about it, it may be time to have an employment lawyer intervene on your behalf. This is particularly important if your safety or ability to perform your job are impacted by the harassing or bullying behavior.
3. Non-compete or non-solicitation agreements.
These are usually a part of the negotiation before employment begins. A non-compete agreement generally means you won’t work for a direct competitor for a period of time after leaving the company. A non-solicitation agreement usually states you won’t solicit any of the company clients if/when you leave. Because these can directly impact your ability to work or earn a living once you leave, an employment lawyer should review any agreements before you sign them.
4. Severance pay.
Severance packages can be provided in a number of ways. Employers can give an employee working notice so they continue to work during the severance period. Some employers continue to pay salary and benefits for a specific period of time after employment is terminated. And in some instances severance is a one-time lump sum payment. Whatever form of severance is offered, it’s a good idea to have an employment lawyer review it to ensure you receive exactly what you are entitled to.
For any of these, or other types of employment issues you may face, it’s a good idea to speak with an employment lawyer. Often, these firms will offer a free initial consultation, either on-line, on the phone or in person. You’ll have a good idea after speaking with an employment lawyer of the remedies available to you for your specific situation. Spending a little bit of money on a lawyer at the time an issue comes up, can save you thousands in the long run, and help you resolve issues in the most effective way.