Even counting weekends, approximately one third of your life is involved with your job. You dress for it, you travel to it, you do your work, and travel back home. Most people bring home some vestige of their work and it is inextricably attached to the rest of your life and relationships. After family, people rarely invest themselves in anything as heavily as their work. Discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination are not simply financial matters; they attach to the emotional core of employees who gauge their personal value by the work they do.
It requires a fair amount of courage to initiate an employment suit. If you want to take action, many claims require that you first complain to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or one of its collateral state based agencies before you can bring suit. You can then file a lawsuit regardless of the agency determination.
V&R has fought for jobs, for gender equality, for the rights of the handicapped, and against age and racial discrimination in both state and federal courts. In addition to Title VII actions, we have gone into court for employees rights under the Family Leave Medical Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and the Leadbetter Act to recover monies for beleaguered employees.
Employment actions and disability and compensation claims are hard fought and invariably pit a powerless employee against an employer who has the files, the money, and the legal resources. Many companies see the lawsuit as a gateway to a flood of claims, and they embrace strategies of total war, lest other employees actually start to believe that they have rights. Winning a lawsuit not only results in getting money damages for clients, it often restores their benefits, their seniority, and their sense of self-worth. It also forces employers to reconsider and change the way they treat all of their employees.
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