What Is Employment Law?

Employment Laws

Employment law covers a wide range of legal topics and issues. It involves your rights as an employee, discrimination in the workplace, unemployment compensation, fair wages, workplace safety, benefits, pensions and more.

What Are Your Rights?

As a worker in New York City, you are afforded many specific employee rights. You are entitled to a safe work environment. You do not have to tolerate discriminatory treatment based on protected categories, such as race, gender, age, disability and sexual orientation. You are entitled to earn a minimum wage and be paid time and a half when you work more than 40 hours in a week. And, when you are facing a life changing family event, you may be about to apply for 12 weeks of unpaid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act. All of these issues, and more, are part of employment law.

Federal and State Labor Laws

The United States and New York Departments of Labor are the main governing bodies on the federal and state level in New York City for employment and labor laws. The Division of Labor Standards within the NY Labor Department enforces New York employment laws dealing with the following: wages, work hours, child labor, industrial homework, regulation of the garment and apparel industry, farm labor, and professional employer organization registration. The employment law attorneys at ABC Law Firm can determine which laws your claim pertain to and provide you with exceptional legal representation.

Discrimination and Harassment

Discrimination and harassment are significant subcategories of the New York employment law practice area. If you are the victim of employment discrimination, including retaliation, sexual harassment, age discrimination, race discrimination or gender discrimination, this falls under the wide umbrella of employment and labor law. If you have a valid discrimination claim, ABC Law Firm’s employment lawyers can help you with this sensitive matter.

What Should You Do?

If you’re experiencing issues or problems in your place of employment and you believe that you are being discriminated against, treated unfairly or illegally, are not receiving rights that are due to you, or have questions about your benefits, pension or wages, contact a labor and employment lawyer.

About Aimee Lancaster

Born and raised in New York Aimee works as a freelance author and contributes to multiple publications and blogs around the world.