Indianapolis Employment Law Attorneys
In the United States, all workers enjoy a broad range of legal protections and benefits in the workplace. These protections are afforded through both state and federal laws and range from more minor issues, such as guaranteeing lunch breaks, to major ones, including prohibiting discrimination in the workplace. Unfortunately, however, there are many circumstances in which employers fail to fully comply with the law or even actively choose to violate legal requirements. This illegal and unethical behavior can have a substantial impact on workers’ lives, both personally and professionally.
If you are a victim of unwelcome harassment or discrimination based on race, gender, color, religion, sexual orientation, age, national origin, or disability, or if you believe you have been treated unjustly in regards to overtime compensation or termination, we are here to help you stand up to your employer and get justice and the compensation you are owed.
Your job is usually the only means you have to support yourself and your family. At Hankey Law Office, we firmly believe that all workers should have a safe, supportive, and harassment and discrimination-free work environment. There is a range of legal protections in place to protect employees from unjust treatment from their employers. Do not let an employer’s unfair or illegal actions go unpunished. We can help you effectively combat unfair treatment in the workplace, and we believe firmly that employers should be held accountable for their actions.
The Indianapolis employment attorneys at the Hankey Law Office represent employees who may feel powerless to stop the harassment or discrimination from their employers. We will help you understand your rights and represent you to pursue the justice and compensation you deserve if your rights have been violated. Call us at (317) 634-8565, chat with us live on our website, or fill out the contact form to schedule a consultation with a member of our team today.
Do I Need an Employment Lawyer?
It is often difficult to know all of your rights as an employee. An employment lawyer can help you fully understand your rights and can help you determine if your employer has violated your rights. Although there are many laws in place to protect employees from unfair or illegal treatment from their employer, employees often do not know how to combat unfair treatment when it happens to them.
At the Hankey Law Office, we have committed our careers to helping people who have been the victim of unfair treatment in the workplace. Our team has a comprehensive understanding and over 75 years of combined experience combating the unfair treatment of employees. Unfortunately, many employees do not know how to effectively combat illegal treatment on the part of their employers or have the resources to do so on their own. For this reason, it is often necessary for workers who have experienced unfair or illegal treatment at the hands of their employer to seek experienced legal representation in order to obtain the justice they are seeking.
Why Choose Hankey Law Office to Handle My Case?
At Hankey Law Office our team has a comprehensive understanding of employment law and with over 75 years of combined experience, we have the knowledge and resources you need on your side. We aid and assist employees with understanding their rights and the laws in place that protect them against unjust treatment in the workplace.
Our lawyers are committed to ensuring that every client of ours receives the compensation and justice they deserve. We will stand by you through the entire legal process and will not rest until your case is resolved. We know all-too-well the tactics that employers and their team of attorneys will use to try and diminish or dismiss your claim, and we are ready to combat these tactics with a strong, compelling case.
At the Hankey Law Office, our legal team understands just how damaging it can be to a worker’s life when their employer violates their rights under the law. Therefore, we are committed to helping workers in this challenging position fight against this type of treatment.
Our Practice Areas
At Hankey Law Office, we know how difficult it can be if your employer discriminates against you or violates your rights according to state and federal employment laws. We are dedicated to helping you fight against unfair treatment in the workplace. Our team has extensive experience assisting individuals with cases including (but not limited to):
- Family Medical Leave Act – FMLA provides employees who are qualified under the act with up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave without fear of job loss or health benefits loss. Those qualified can take time off work to take care of a family member who has a serious medical condition or injury, or needs to take care of him or herself due to a serious health problem, or need to care for a newborn child or a child that was placed under the family’s care through adoption.
- Overtime Claims – Employers often violate the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) which says that covered workers are entitled to time-and-a-half for all hours worked over 40 hours a week. Employers often violate this by not paying hourly employees overtime, or not paying a salaried employee overtime when their salary falls short of specific minimum requirements.
- Discrimination – Although Indiana is an at-will employment state, employers are not allowed to make employment decisions based on discriminatory motives. There are federal and state laws that state that it is illegal for employers to discriminate against or harass an employee based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or retaliation.
- Wrongful Termination – If you are fired on the basis of a legally protected characteristic, such as disability, nationality, religious beliefs, ethnic identity or cultural heritage, sexual orientation, gender or race, you may be eligible to pursue legal action against your employer. These claims are often filed in conjunction with a discrimination case.
- Sexual Harassment – Unfortunately, sexual harassment incidents are an all-too-common problem in the workplace. However, it is crucial for employers and employees to take appropriate action if sexual harassment should occur. We have a comprehensive legal strategy to help you recover compensation for Quid Pro Quo Harassment and Hostile Work Environment.
- Whistleblower Protection– Here at Hankey Law Office we understand how frightening it can be to stand up to your employer, even when you know they are doing something illegal. Whistleblower protection laws are in place to protect employees who report the wrongdoings of their employers. State employees may take legal action if an employer takes any action against an employee for reporting wrongdoings.
- Wage and Hour Disputes – There are federal and Indiana state laws to regulate the level of compensation for workers. If you have not been compensated fairly, including equal pay violations, minimum wage violations, or overtime violations, we have the experience and resources to recover compensation in any wage and hour dispute.
- Employment Contracts – Employment contracts can be complicated and we are here to help you navigate the contract ensuring you understand every possible implication of the agreement including compensation and benefits offered, provisions for termination of your employment, intellectual property rights, and any alternative methods of conflict resolution.
We understand how hard it may be to stand up to your employer to dispute any of these claims and that is why we are here to help and protect you. We are here to help you better understand your rights in the workplace as well as assist with contracts and disputes. If any of these employee’s rights are violated, the employee may be entitled to compensation.
Frequently Asked Questions
I Was Terminated From My Job. Do I Have a Case Against My Employer?
Indiana is an employment-at-will employment state. This means that an employer has the right to terminate employees at any time for any reason. That said, an employer may not breach a contract or discriminate against you based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability in the decision to terminate employment.
What is Considered “Work Time” Under Wage and Hour Laws?
An employee must be compensated for any work that the employer assigns to an employee. Travel, waiting time, on-call periods, training, and other issues can be very complicated and at times, confusing, so it is essential to contact an experienced member of our team today to determine if you feel that your employer is not correctly compensating you for your time on the job.
What Kind of Compensation Am I Eligible For?
If you have experience a violation of your rights as a worker, you may be entitled to compensation for lost wages, overtime pay, and other financial restitution. Naturally, each and every case is different, so only an experienced employment attorney can tell you what your case may be worth. Only after a thorough investigation can legal action be taken, so don’t hesitate to contact us today.
Employment Law Violations in Indiana
According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), there were 2,533 workplace discrimination charges in 2016 in Indiana alone. The EEOC also cites 30,582 resolved harassment charges, including sexual harassment charges in the United States in 2016. However, 19,830 of the harassment cases were determined to have no reasonable cause. These numbers reinforce how important it is to stand up to employers who violate the rights of their employees. Employees need an attorney they can count on to make a strong case against their employers in the case of discrimination, harassment, or any other violation of the employee’s rights.
Hankey Law Office Will Stand Up for You
Our legal team at Hankey Law Office believes that the victims of illegal treatment at the hands of their employer deserve to be compensated for the damages this treatment may have caused. If you have been subjected to such undue treatment, call (317) 634-8565 today to learn more about what steps you can take in this situation and how you can fight back against the parties responsible for your unfair treatment.
For a free review of your employment issues, please complete and submit our Online Employment Case Inquiry Form. Once submitted, your information will be personally reviewed by one of our experienced attorneys. Please be aware that submitting this form does not create an attorney-client relationship.
We will contact you within two business days if we believe you may have a viable claim. The Hankey Law Office accepts claims for representation on a contingency fee basis, meaning we will not charge you a fee until we successfully recover for you.