Attorneys Who Fight for Western PA Employees
We fight for the money you deserve if you’ve been mistreated at work
As a worker, you have certain rights. The right to receive full payment for all of the hours worked. The right to a workplace that is free from harassment and discrimination. The right to take time off under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) if you or a loved one becomes ill.
But there are some employers who don’t respect these rights and don’t follow the law. Too many workers in western Pennsylvania are mistreated, and their employers expect them to simply accept the situation. At Nilges Draher LLC, we fight for those workers and make sure their voice is heard.
We are experienced employment law attorneys who handle all types of federal cases in Western PA, including:
If your rights have been violated at the workplace, we can help. Contact us today to schedule a free case evaluation. We can review the details of your situation, go over your legal options, and answer any questions you have. It is fully confidential. There is no cost and no obligation. We only want you to have the information you need to decide what to do next.
Pennsylvania is an “at-will” state for employment. Basically, that means your employer has the right to terminate your services with or without cause at any time – under the law. But you can’t be fired for an unlawful reason. For example, you can’t be terminated based on a protected characteristic such as race, gender, sexual orientation, or religion. You also can’t be terminated as retaliation for reporting misconduct or taking FMLA leave.
If you have been fired for an unlawful reason, one of our experienced attorneys can help. We may be able to fight for:
- Reinstatement – if you want your job back.
- Back pay – this includes any pay you lost because of wrongful termination, including wages, bonuses, benefits, and overtime.
- Front pay – this includes pay you deserve while looking for a new job or from the time before your reinstatement.
- Compensatory damages – this includes compensation for expenses that occurred because of job loss, such as job search expenses, penalties for missed payments, or medical expenses.
If you’ve been wrongfully terminated, we can help. Contact us to learn more.
Under federal law, employers can’t discriminate against employees on the basis of certain protected characteristics. These characteristics include race, color, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy, age (if 40 or older), genetic information, and disability. This protection applies to all aspects of employment, including hiring, work hours, assignments, pay, benefits, promotions, raises, layoffs, and terminations.
Discrimination can take many forms, ranging from demotion or firing to more subtle forms such as being given less desirable assignments or being held to different standards in performance evaluations. If you were subjected to discrimination at work, we can help. One of our experienced discrimination attorneys can fight for your rights. We know how to build strong cases that get results. Contact us to schedule a free case evaluation.
Nobody should have to put up with harassment at the workplace. But some workers are subjected to sexual harassment from supervisors or co-workers in the form of sexual advances or other inappropriate conduct. Other workers are harassed because of a protected characteristic such as race, color, sex, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy, national origin, age, or disability.
If you have been subjected to harassment, it’s important to get trusted legal advice as soon as possible. An experienced attorney can advise you of your rights under federal law and help you take appropriate action to put a stop to the harassment. Our firm is ready to help. Contact us to schedule your free case evaluation.
The federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) allows eligible employees to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for specific reasons. These include treatment for or recovery from a severe illness or injury, caring for an immediate family member with a serious health condition, or bonding with a new child, whether born or adopted.
To qualify for this unpaid leave, an employee must have worked with their employer for at least 12 months. Additionally, the employer must have more than 50 employees within a 75-mile radius of the employee's workplace.
Employers are required by law to provide eligible employees with FMLA leave and cannot retaliate against employees for requesting or taking it. If you were denied leave despite your eligibility, or retaliated against for taking leave, we can help you fight back. Call us to schedule a free case evaluation. We can review the details of your situation and go over your legal options.
It’s pretty simple – you should be paid for all hours that you worked. That includes time spent performing all work-related activities, such as answering emails, helping customers, or putting on and taking off required protective gear. It also includes time spent traveling for work. In addition, you are entitled to overtime pay if you work more than 40 hours a week – meaning you should be paid time and a half for those extra hours.
But employers in Pennsylvania don’t always follow the law. Our firm represents workers in cases involving unpaid overtime, breaks, or travel time. We also handle cases involving employers who misclassify employees as exempt or as independent contractors, use unlawful rounding or pay-to-shift practices, or engage in minimum wage violations.
When an employer withholds money from you using one of these practices, they are taking money that you have rightfully earned. That is unacceptable. Our experienced lawyers are ready to help. Contact us to learn more.