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LAW OFFICE OF SARA B. POSTER
Employment Law
Discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination in the workplace are illegal. Despite the broad protections afforded to employees under the laws, employers often disregard employees' rights, causing substantial injury to those affected and their families. We fight for justice on behalf of employees whose rights have been violated by their employers. 
 Discrimination and Harassment
 
Discrimination and harassment in the workplace are illegal. Our laws were enacted to allow all employees to be treated equally, with the same integrity and respect, despite their differences. We are committed to enforcing those rights at all times. If you believe you have been discriminated against or harassed based on any of the following grounds, you may be entitled to recover compensation from your employer.

  • Race
  • National origin
  • Ancestry
  • Sex
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Gender identity
  • Gender expression
  • Sexual orientation
  • Religion
  • Marital status
  • Disability
  • Medical condition
  • Pregnancy
  • Military service
  • Medical and family care leave
  • Pregnancy disability leave

Wrongful Termination and Retaliation
 
Although employees are generally "at will" and can be terminated at their employer's discretion, it is illegal for employers to terminate employees under certain circumstances. If you were terminated or retaliated against at work based on any of the following grounds, you may be able to take legal action. 

  • Race, sex, gender, national origin, disability, religion, sexual orientation, or another protected classification
  • Reporting illegal discrimination
  • Taking medical leave
  • Taking family leave
  • Taking pregnancy leave
  • Marital or family status
  • Requesting an accommodation for a disability
  • Requesting overtime, lunch breaks, or rest breaks
  • Refusing to participate in illegal activities
  • Reporting the employer's unlawful activities
  • Complaining about workplace safety
  • Reporting wage violations
  • Political affiliation
  • Taking time to vote
  • Serving on jury duty
  • Participating in union activites
 
​Denial of Family and Medical Leave Rights

The law permits eligible employees to take up to twelve weeks per year of unpaid leave due to the birth of a child or to care for their own or a family member's serious health condition. The FMLA allows eligible employees to take up to twelve weeks off from work, with a guarantee that they will be reinstated to the same or a comparable job when they return to work. Employees are eligible if they have:

1. Worked for the employer for at least twelve months;
2. Worked at least 1,250 hours in the year immediately preceding the leave; and
3. Worked at a work site with at least fifty employees within a seventy-five mile radius of that work site

An employer may not legally deny employees this leave or retaliate against employees for taking leave under these circumstances with limited exceptions. If you believe your rights under the family and medical leave laws have been violated, you may be entitled to compensation from your employer.