We represent and provide counseling to individuals facing a wide range of workplace related challenges from harassment and discrimination to contract negotiations. We also assist with important education-related issues.
BLG represents individuals in employment, labor and education law matters.In these matters individuals often find themselves at a great disadvantage when they seek to protect their legal rights.
Institutions and employers have more money, more lawyers and more time than the individual employee or student. At BLG we are here to help you and counter-balance this inequality.
Below we’ve listed particular areas of workplace law that we often handle.
Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation:
BLG handles discrimination and harassment claims in every forum. We have experience practicing in the federal and state courts, and in all of the administrative agencies which enforce laws against discrimination. We have also settled many matters for our clients before the substantial hours and costs of administrative and court practice became necessary. BLG seriously believes in the importance of a workplace free from discrimination, and we will fight to protect you and your rights.
We represent individuals with claims against their employers in many areas, including:
- Age Discrimination
- Race Discrimination
- National Origin Discrimination
- Sex or Gender Discrimination (including sexual harassment)
- Religious Discrimination
- Sexual Orientation Discrimination
- Disability Discrimination
- Pregnancy Discrimination
- Hostile Work Environment
- Retaliation (including whistleblower claims)
- Wrongful Discharge
BLG can review your severance package to make sure that it is fair and that you are not giving up important rights. We can also work with you to negotiate a more fair severance package, and to make sure that you are confident and comfortable with the agreement you sign.
We can guide you through the complicated law involving your rights under Non-Compete, Non-Solicit and Confidentiality Agreements. If your employment agreement has been breached we can represent you in court to enforce its terms.
Compensation Including Wage and Overtime Claims:
Employers do not always follow the law when administering payroll. They might doc your pay or stop paying you altogether. BLG can work with you to make sure you are fairly compensated and your rights are protected. We address concerns like these often at BLG, and will help with:
- Independent Contractor Status Negotiation and Legal Analysis
- Suits for Unpaid Wages
- Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Violations
- The Equal Pay Act (EPA)
- Minimum Wage Payments
- Overtime Entitlements
- Protecting Against Unlawful Wage Deductions
Benefits entitlements under ERISA plans can be complicated to understand. We can assist you with ERISA issues including:
- Evaluating Early Retirement Incentives
- Appealing or Negotiating a Benefit Entitlement
There are federal and local laws that protect employees who report unlawful conduct in the workplace. BLG can protect you if you are aware of something that you need to report, and make sure that your employer does not unlawfully retaliate. If your employer already has retaliated we can fight to protect your rights.
Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR):
Often employment problems can be worked out through negotiation or some form of Alternative Dispute Resolution. BLG can:
- Negotiate Directly with Employers
- Represent You in Any Form of Mediation or Arbitration
Were you fired for going on leave? BLG can help:
- Military Leave
- Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
- Related Disability Law
- Contract Negotiations
- Grievance Arbitrations
- Matters before the National Labor Relations Board
- Union Elections
- Grievance Procedures
- Tenure Issues
- Disciplinary Matters and Appeals
- 3020-a Hearings