A Seasoned Employment Litigation Lawyer for St. Paul and the State of Minnesota
If you are in need of legal representation, R.A.Williams Law Firm, P.A. is prepared to protect and enforce your rights whether you are an employee or employer. We are committed to providing responsive legal counsel and aggressive representation concerning employment law, discrimination, retaliation, disability insurance and/or wrongful termination. Our mission is to help you resolve workplace issues and alleviate stress as much as possible. Contact us today for an informal consultation where we can discuss separation and severance agreements, disability insurance claims, non-compete and confidentiality agreements, employment and commercial disputes, arbitration and mediation, and employment litigation. We are dedicated to answering your legal questions thoroughly and honestly.
When a physical or mental disability leaves you unable to work, and you have a disability insurance policy, it is important that you consult with a lawyer prior to submitting your initial claim. Different policies have different definitions of disability. There are special laws covering some of these policies and in many cases your actions during the application process can make a difference between whether your claim is granted or denied by the insurance company. Even if the claim is initially denied by the insurance company, actions taken during the application process can increase the likelihood of succeeding in the event that it is necessary to bring a legal action to establish coverage. It is important to explore your options with an experienced disability insurance lawyer. At R.A.Williams Law Firm, P.A., our attorneys are sympathetic to your needs and will aggressively pursue the compensation due to you under the law.
Employment Contracts and Separation Agreements
R.A.Williams Law Firm, P.A. has extensive experience in reviewing employment contracts, separation and severance agreements.
These contracts frequently contain non-compete provisions or confidentiality provisions which may limit employment opportunities when employment ends. Before entering into such a contract, you should consult an experienced employment lawyer to review the provisions in the contract and advise you as to what potential pitfalls exist if you sign the agreement.
Separation and severance agreements
Separation agreements frequently contain conditions which limit future employment opportunities. They also typically require waiver of any other potential legal claims as a condition of receiving severance pay. It is extremely important to consult a lawyer to advise you as to what those limitations are and whether in your individual circumstances any waiver of claims is enforceable.
The lawyers at R.A.Williams Law Firm, P.A., have extensive experience and success resolving legal disputes concerning employment law and discrimination. Our law firm takes pride in approaching every legal dispute with the same thoroughness and detailed attention given to cases being prepared for representation in a court of law as well as Federal and State administrative agencies such as: Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), National Labor Relations Board, the U.S. Department of Labor, State Department of Commerce, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Department of Human Rights. We handle a wide range of cases involving employment litigation, commercial litigation, arbitration, mediation and discrimination. Regardless of the legal issue you are facing, we encourage you to contact us for a consultation.
Discrimination and Retaliation
If you feel you are being unfairly singled out by your employer based on discrimination or for reporting unlawful activity by your employer, you have every right to contact a lawyer and defend yourself. Though complaining about your workplace can seem like an intimidating experience, as an employee you have a right to work in an environment free of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.
It is unlawful for your employer to treat you unfairly or harass you based upon your membership in a certain group of people often referred to as a “protected class.” A protected class is a group of people who are protected under the law from discrimination or harassment based upon:
- National origin
- Worker’s compensation/Injured worker
- Family medical leave
- Marital status
- Familial status
- Public assistance
- Sexual orientation
- Union affiliation
Under the law you have a right to report workplace discrimination or unlawful behavior in the workplace without punishment (referred to as “retaliation” or “reprisal”), whether or not you believe the employer is at fault. Retaliation may come in many forms, for example: termination, cutting an employee’s hours, demotion, and/or poor performance reviews.
Retaliation may occur as a result of:
- Filing complaints with Federal, State or Local Agencies
- Complaining about/reporting unlawful behavior related to your employment
- Raising issues with your employer regarding terms and conditions of employment
If you feel your employer is retaliating against you for reporting workplace discrimination or other unlawful behavior, you don’t have to fight retaliation alone – contact a trusted Employment lawyer today and find out about your rights.
Minnesota, like most states, is an employment “at will” state, which means an employer can terminate an employee for any reason as long as that reason is not illegal. However, in addition to discrimination and retaliation laws, there are Federal and State agencies that may be able to provide a remedy not obtainable in a court of law. R.A.Williams Law Firm, P.A. has extensive experience in dealing with these agencies and the specialized legal rules that apply. If you feel you were terminated improperly, contact an experienced employment law lawyer at R.A.Williams Law Firm, P.A. Your situation will be reviewed and advice given as to possible courses of action.
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With over 40 years of experience providing legal counsel and representation to the people of Minnesota, R.A.Williams Law Firm, P.A. is prepared to fight and preserve your rights as an employee or employer. We understand that employment litigation can be a stressful experience, but rest assured our attorneys will work effectively and efficiently on your behalf. Contact a seasoned attorney today and receive the assistance you deserve.