Employment Law FAQ - Your Legal Rights, Explained
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State and federal employment laws are complex. Employment claims are generally very fact-specific. That means that each and every worker's employment issue must be evaluated on its own unique facts and circumstances. If you believe your legal rights have been violated at work, it is critical that you contact us for your free case evaluation. We will evaluate your potential issues based on your unique facts and circumstances. We will answer all of your questions. We can help.
While there is no one-size fits all answer for employment law issues, we have compiled a list of the mostly frequently asked questions. These are some of the questions we've answered for the thousands of employees who contacted Nilges Draher LLC for help.
Remember, these questions and answers are general information, not legal advice. Only an employment law attorney can explain how the law applies to your individual case. If you need advice on a specific employment matter, contact us and schedule your free case evaluation with a member of our team.
Frequently asked questions
- How do I know if I have an employment law case?
- What should I do if I believe I'm a victim of workplace retaliation?
- Are Ohio's employment law regulations different than other states?
- How much time do I have to file an employment law claim in Ohio?
- How do I file an employment law complaint in Ohio?
- Who investigates employment law claims in Ohio?
- How much is my employment law claim worth?
- When should I talk to an employment law attorney?
- Why do I need a lawyer to handle my Ohio employment law claim?
How do I know if I have an employment law case?
If you are reading this, chances are you have an employment issue. You are likely researching whether you have a claim. State and federal employment laws are complicated. Employees are often unfamiliar with their rights – and employers sometimes run afoul of the law without even knowing they’re doing anything wrong.
The only way to really know if you have an employment law case is to talk to an experienced employment law attorney. That is why we offer a free case evaluation to give all prospective clients a chance to speak with a member of our legal team. If you are dealing with an employment issue, contact us. We can help.
What should I do if I believe I'm a victim of workplace retaliation?
As with any other employment issue, if you are being retaliated against at work, you need to contact a lawyer right away. Retaliation claims have certain deadlines that you must meet to preserve your right to file a claim. These deadlines are called statutes of limitations.
The applicable statute of limitations varies depending on the type of retaliation claim. For example, a workers' compensation retaliation claim has a very short statute of limitations. That’s why the best practice is to speak with an attorney as soon as possible so that we can analyze your situation, advise you of the applicable legal deadlines, and take prompt action if necessary. If you believe you are the victim of workplace retaliation, contact us for a free case evaluation; we can help.
Are Ohio's employment laws different than other states' employment laws?
Yes. Each state has its own employment laws. In addition to state employment laws, there are a number of federal employment laws that protect workers in the workplace. The requirements to bring state employment claims are different from the requirements to bring federal employment law claims. That is why it is important to talk to an experienced employment lawyer about the employment laws that apply to your circumstances.
Contact us for a free case evaluation. Our lawyers have filed state and federal employment lawsuits on behalf of thousands of employees in state and federal courts throughout the country. We can help.
How much time do I have to file an employment law claim in Ohio?
Different deadlines, called statutes of limitations, apply to different employment law claims. Some of those statutes of limitations for employment claims can range from 90 days to six years. The deadline that applies depends on the specific type of employment claim. For example, a disability discrimination claim filed under Ohio state law has a six-year statute of limitations. But a disability discrimination claim filed under federal law has a 300-day statute of limitations.
If you believe you have an employment law claim, do not wait to talk to an attorney. Contact us for a free case evaluation today. We will listen to your story and explain any applicable deadlines in your situation. We can help.
How do I file an employment law complaint in Ohio?
The answer to this question depends on the type of claim. For a violation of the federal anti-discrimination laws, for example, a charge of discrimination must first be filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Most claims based on Ohio's anti-discrimination laws, however, do not need to be filed first with any governmental agency. Other types of claims, like a violation of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), can be filed directly in federal court.
Our employment law attorneys have extensive experience filing all types of employment claims with the EEOC and in state and federal courts in Ohio and across the country. That is why it is important to contact us for your free case evaluation. During your free case evaluation, a member of our team will listen to your story and explain your options. And if you have a case, our employment attorneys will know where to file your claim.
Who investigates employment law claims in Ohio?
In most cases, claims based on Ohio's anti-discrimination laws are investigated by the Ohio Civil Rights Commission ("OCRC"). Claims based on Ohio wage laws are investigated by the Ohio Department of Commerce, Wage and Hour Division. Claims based on the federal anti-discrimination laws are investigated by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). And claims based on federal wage laws are investigated by the Department of Labor.
In some cases, an employee must file with one of these government agencies before filing in court. Regardless of the type of claim, it is important to work with an experienced employment law attorney. Our experienced employment attorneys can help make this complicated process easy for you.
Contact us for your free case evaluation with a member of our legal team who can explain your options and next steps.
How much is my employment law claim worth?
There is no way to answer this question without speaking to an experienced employment law attorney because every case is different. The value of your employment claim depends on a variety of factors. Contact us for your free case evaluation. During your case evaluation, our legal team can explain the potential recoveries that are available to you.
When should I talk to an employment law attorney?
The rule of thumb is that if you think something is wrong at work – not just frustrating, but clearly unjust or potentially illegal – and your employer does not seem inclined to solve the problem, it’s time to talk to a lawyer. We can determine what your rights are in your situation and advise you on your legal options.
Talking to a lawyer doesn’t mean you’ll have to change jobs, file a lawsuit, or take any adversarial action against your employer. Our job is to listen to your story and tell you your options, and you decide what to do next. Naturally, our conversation is confidential.
Why do I need a lawyer to handle my Ohio employment law claim?
Employment laws are complex. These laws dictate whether you have a claim, how long you have to file a claim, where you can file your claim, and what you can recover, among other things. You need a team of experienced employment lawyers on your side to guide you through these complex laws.
Your employer likely has a team of lawyers ready to protect its interests. That is why you need us to protect yours.
We believe everyone has the right to an employment attorney. That is why we offer a free case evaluation.