Springfield, MO Employment Lawyers
Protecting Workers’ Rights in Missouri
At Potts Law Firm, we are dedicated to protecting hardworking Missourians and holding employers liable when they violate their employees’ rights. At our office in Springfield, MO, our employment lawyers provide personalized, one-on-one representation to workers from all industries who have suffered financial losses, psychological harm, and even physical injuries as a result of employer negligence and misconduct. If you believe you may have a claim, reach out to our firm right away to learn how we can help.
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Understanding Your Rights as an Employee in Missouri
The state of Missouri affords certain protections and rights to workers at all levels and across all industries. As an employee, it is important that you understand your rights. You should also know that, if an employer violates your rights, you can take legal action. By filing an employment claim, you can seek financial compensation for your economic and noneconomic damages.
Some of your most basic rights as an employee in Missouri include:
- The right to fair treatment
- The right to not be discriminated against based on a protected class
- The right to a harassment-free workplace
- The right to reasonable accommodations and the tools needed to perform your job
- The right to fair wages for hours worked, including the state’s minimum wage
- The right to take leave when needed under protected federal and state leave, such as FMLA
- The right to receive overtime pay for hours worked beyond 40 in a single workweek (applies only to nonexempt employees)
You also have the right to report workplace discrimination or harassment, file a claim for unpaid wages, or otherwise report unlawful treatment without employer retaliation. This includes wrongful termination, as well as other forms of retaliation, such as passing you over for a promotion for which you are otherwise qualified.
This is not a comprehensive list of your rights; you should be aware of all your rights as an employee so that you can not only exercise those rights but also fight back when an employer violates them.
What to Do If Your Employer Violates Your Employee Rights
Whether your employer failed to pay you overtime or minimum wage, fostered a hostile work environment, or wrongfully terminated your employment after you reported illegal conduct, there are steps you can and should take to protect yourself and your rights.
If an employer has violated your rights as an employee, try to do the following:
- Document each instance of unlawful or negligent employer behavior
- Keep copies of your paystubs and other important documents
- Make a record of any HR reports you have filed or other attempts to report the behavior
- Always report wrongful behavior in writing, if possible
- Reach out to an experienced employment law attorney at Potts Law Firm
The sooner you get in touch with our team, the sooner we can begin collecting and preserving evidence in support of your case. We strongly recommend that you contact us as soon as possible, as there may be certain filing deadlines, known as statutes of limitations, that affect the amount of time you have to bring a lawsuit against your employer.
Get started with a free initial consultation today; call (417) 323-6752 or reach us online.
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From our Springfield office, we serve clients throughout Greene County and all of the surrounding areas. Our employment law attorneys have considerable trial experience, along with the resources needed to efficiently pursue these types of cases. We strive to recover favorable settlements as quickly as possible, but we also realize that some cases must go through litigation. If necessary, we are fully prepared to advocate for you in the courtroom.
ERISA Class Action Settlement $36 Million
Potts Law Firm served as class counsel in the ERISA class action, Diebold, et al. v. Northern Trust Investments, N.A. et al., 09-Civ-1934 (Diebold), in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois where the Court approved a collective settlement of $36 million dollars for class representatives resulting in millions of dollars returned to investors.