Although American workers are protected by both state and federal law, that does not stop some employers from disregarding employees’ rights. In many cases, employees are afraid to speak up in the face of workplace harassment or discrimination. When your career and your livelihood is on the line, you need a knowledgeable, compassionate legal advocate who can help.
Attorney Susan Kendall has handled employment law cases in a wide variety of areas. Although there are plenty of fair employers willing to treat people well and pay them a fair wage, there are those who don’t. Unfortunately, employers do violate the law, often times because they are unaware of the laws, or because they simply chose to ignore them. Ms. Kendall is devoted to helping employees understand these rights. She is also a seasoned litigator with the skills and resources required to assert these rights.
Discrimination, Harassment and Wrongful Termination
Arkansas is an “at will” employment state which means either the employer or the employee can legally terminate the employer-employee relationship at any time for any reason or for no reason at all. However, there are critical exceptions to this rule. For example, an employer cannot terminate an employee in violation of a valid employment agreement or in violation of public policy, such as whistleblowing. Moreover, state and federal law makes it unlawful for employers to make adverse employment decisions, including demotion or discharge, for the following reasons:
- Gender, including pregnancy
- National Origin
- Union affiliation
- Military service
- In retaliation for certain protected employee conduct.
Wage and Hour
Wage and hour violations are among the most common employment law violations. Even relatively small infractions, such as unpaid overtime, can cost a worker thousands of dollars over time. We have helped numerous Arkansas workers defend their rights in the following types of cases:
- Denied overtime pay
- Misclassification of employees as independent contractors
- FLSA exemption abuse
- Unpaid commissions, hours, and on-call time
- Pre- and post-shift work
What You Need to Know
Each employment case is different and very fact-intensive, and timing is everything. The laws are complicated and require a careful analysis of the facts and the appropriate law to determine if you have a claim and the deadline to assert such a claim. We listen to our clients’ goals and expectations and pursue the type of relief that best addresses their needs, including enjoinment of discriminatory employment practices, reinstatement for wrongfully terminated employees, payment of lost wages and other types of compensation. It is easy for victims of discrimination to feel powerless and alone. We want our clients to know that they have rights and that with our help they can hold their employers accountable.
Knowledgeable, Dependable Counsel for Employees
The Kendall Law Firm’s comprehensive employment law practice covers the full range of employment issues. Contact us today at 479-464-9828 to speak with an employment law attorney.
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