Employment – Labor Law

Employment Law Attorney    

employment law attorneyA St Louis Employment Law Attorney represents employees and/or companies in discrimination and controversies in the workplace.  Most labor lawyers charge an hourly rate for their services but in some cases they may charge a flat fee or work on a contingency basis.  Some common issues handled by employment attorneys in St. Louis are wrongful termination, employee handbooks, sexual harassment, workplace discrimination, labor unions, and employee benefits.

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

It is unlawful to harass a person (an applicant or employee) because of that person’s sex. Harassment can include “sexual harassment” or unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature.  Harassment does not have to be of a sexual nature, however, and can include offensive remarks about a person’s sex. For example, it is illegal to harass a woman by making offensive comments about women in general.

Both victim and the harasser can be either a woman or a man, and the victim and harasser can be the same sex.  Although the law doesn’t prohibit simple teasing, offhand comments, or isolated incidents that are not very serious, harassment is illegal when it is so frequent or severe that it creates a hostile or offensive work environment or when it results in an adverse employment decision (such as the victim being fired or demoted).  The harasser can be the victim’s supervisor, a supervisor in another area, a co-worker, or someone who is not an employee of the employer, such as a client or customer.

Source: United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

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