Washington Employment Law Attorneys

Washington Employment Law Attorneys

When you’re an employee, you should never feel that you have no say over how your employer treats you. Some employers act as though they have the power to control every aspect of the workplace. In many respects this is true, but employment law limits what they can and cannot do.

If your employer wrongfully terminated you, allowed a hostile work environment, or committed other unlawful acts, we can protect your legal rights. Our Washington employment law attorneys can also determine if your employer owes you compensation.

Your Legal Right to File a Complaint Against Your Employer

If you believe that your employer has committed or is still committing illegal acts against you, contact us immediately. You may have a right to file a complaint or a lawsuit to seek compensation for their unlawful acts.

Several state and federal agencies handle specific types of employment cases. The complaint process varies depending on your allegations. Your right to file a complaint or a lawsuit may expire in as few as 90 days after an incident. If you don’t meet your filing deadline, you lose your right to make a claim.

When you consult with our employment law attorney, we discuss your case and explain your legal options. As our client, we can investigate your incident and determine if your allegations have merit. If you choose to take action against your employer, we can file a complaint, meet any critical deadlines, and seek compensation on your behalf.

Washington Employment Law Attorneys

Employee’s Rights in Washington

Only employers know how many employees work in conditions that jeopardize their rights, safety, or physical and mental health. Employers don’t usually draw attention to unlawful workplace situations, and they don’t necessarily correct them voluntarily. Ignoring a workplace problem is often more cost-efficient than the fines and penalties levied for noncompliance. Some employers don’t consider meeting their responsibilities until an employee sustains injuries or files a complaint.

Unresolved workplace issues may involve:

  • Wages and overtime pay: Some employers systematically pay some workers less than others for performing the same duties. They may rationalize lower wages and no benefits by ignoring or intentionally misstating IRS classifications and paying employees as subcontractors. Employers must also pay prevailing wages on public works projects.
  • Rest and meal breaks: Some employers ignore labor regulations requiring breaks during their workday.
  • Harassment: Coworkers and supervisory personnel sometimes harass employees in the workplace. It’s an employer’s duty to prevent intimidation and persecution and to educate their workforce about prohibited acts.
  • Hostile Work Environment: An employer must not sanction, participate in, or ignore acts that contribute to a hostile workplace. Ongoing hostilities such as derogatory comments, crude speech, teasing, and sexually suggestive language can make it difficult for a worker to perform their job.
  • Discrimination: State laws and federal regulations prevent discriminatory acts against employees in protected classes: Age, disability, honorably discharged veterans/military, marital status, race/color, national origin, sex or pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender, health, use of a service animal, and whistleblowers.
  • Wrongful Termination: Washington is an “employment at will” state. An employer may fire you when they choose but not for an illegal reason.
  • Protected leave: An employer must comply with leave requirements: Paid Family and Medical Leave Act, Washington Family Care Act, sick leave, military spouse deployment leave, pregnancy disability, and others.
  • Workers’ compensation benefits: Employers cannot refuse to submit claims for medical, wage, and work program benefits for employees’ workplace injuries.

Employers don’t always take steps to maintain a safe, healthy, compliant workplace, but they count on employees not to report them. Workers need the income, so they often continue working without complaining.

Regulating Employer Behavior

A network of federal and state regulations, codes, and agencies address employer/employee responsibilities and relationships.

State

  • Washington Title 49 RCW: Labor Regulations
  • Washington State Human Rights Commission
  • Washington State Department of Labor & Industries

Federal

Title 29 Federal Labor Laws, agencies, and federal Acts:

  • National Labor Relations Board
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration
  • Department of Labor
  • National Railroad Adjustment Board
  • Fair Labor Standards Act
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Construction Industry Collective Bargaining Commission
  • United States Department of Justice Office for Civil Rights

Federal and state agencies coordinate their handling of employment law complaints. State agencies usually initiate action on local cases.

Washington Employment Law Attorneys At Bonin Law

If you believe that your employee has treated you unfairly, you must take action immediately. Employment law cases are often complicated. Bonin Law can manage your complaint process, appeals, lawsuits, negotiations, and related activities. To schedule your consultation, please call us at (360) 427-7474 or leave a message.
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Shelton Location

Bonin Law

424 N. 4th Street,
Shelton WA 98584

Shelton Office

Bonin Law Shelton

424 N. 4th Street,
Shelton WA 98584

Phone: (360) 427-7474

Fax: (360) 427-7475

Email: officeemail@johnbonin.com

Mailing Address:
PO Box 783
Shelton, WA 98584

Oak Harbor Location

Bonin Law

32650 State Rte 20 Suite C205,
Oak Harbor, WA 98277

Oak Harbor Office

Bonin Law Oak Harbor

32650 State Rte 20
Suite C205
Oak Harbor, WA 98277

Phone: (360) 427-7474

Fax: (360) 427-7475

Email: officeemail@johnbonin.com

Mailing Address:
PO Box 783
Shelton, WA 98584

Hours

Mon-Fri:
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