Strong Representation For Employees
It is becoming more and more common for employers to insist that their employees sign employment contracts. These agreements not only dictate terms such as salary and benefits, but often include strict non-compete and non-solicitation clauses that can seriously impact the employee when their employment ends.
You need an experienced employment lawyer to review your contract and make sure you fully understand what it means. Employment attorney Doug Schneider can work with you to make sure you don’t sign an employment agreement with unfair and unreasonable terms, especially over-broad and highly restrictive non-competes.
Too many employees review and negotiate their own employment agreements and find themselves with a contract that is not in their best interest. Calling Schneider Law PLLC at the beginning of your employment will help you avoid the common contract pitfalls that lead to expensive, time-consuming fights when your employment ends.
Fighting Employment Discrimination
Were you terminated because of your pregnancy or maternity leave? Were you mistreated because you rejected an unwanted sexual advance? Were you demoted after reporting racial discrimination or retaliated against for making a complaint? Did you know it is now illegal in New York City for a prospective employer to ask about your prior salary history?
If any of these happened to you, it is essential that you speak with an attorney knowledgeable about your legal rights under federal, state and local law. Schneider Law PLLC routinely represents people who face a hostile workplace, negative employment actions or termination because of their:
- Sexual orientation
- Gender identity/gender expression
- National origin
- Pregnancy or childbirth
- Prior criminal record
- Credit history
- Military status
If you think you were discriminated against at work for any of these reasons, it is critical to talk to a skilled employment law attorney as soon as possible. There are strict time limits that must be observed to bring a claim and Schneider Law PLLC can quickly assess whether you have a legal claim.
We Fight Pregnancy Discrimination
Federal, state, and local law each have protections for pregnant women and new mothers. Unfortunately, pregnancy discrimination is still way too prevalent.
Pregnancy discrimination can take many forms, including:
- Refusing to hire a woman who is pregnant or may become pregnant
- Firing or demoting a woman because she is pregnant or may become pregnant
- Denying a woman a return to the same or equal position when returning from maternity or pregnancy related leave
- Treating an employee differently because they are pregnant.
Pregnant women deserve to be treated equally and fairly in the workplace and should be welcomed back to the same or similar job when returning from maternity or pregnancy related leave. Likewise, if you are the parent of a newly adopted child, the spouse of a pregnant woman, or a new parent, you have legal rights. For example, under New York law, most mothers and fathers, including same sex parents and adoptive parents, are entitled to paid time off to bond with their newborn.
Confronting your employer for discriminating against you because you are pregnant or a new parent can be particularly emotional and overwhelming. Schneider Law PLLC knows the law, knows your employer’s excuses, and is ready to fight for you.
We Know The Law
The difference between winning and losing an employment discrimination case often comes down to having an attorney who knows the difference between federal, state, and local discrimination laws.
Federal law protects you from discrimination based on your race, color, gender, national origin, age, and disability. In many situations, pursuing your case in Federal Court is the right thing to do. However, in some cases, state and local law provide better protections, better standards, and better recoveries.
For example, the New York State Human Rights Law protects more classes than federal law and often has evidence requirement more advantageous to employees. Employees in New York City are protected by one of the most expansive employment discrimination statutes in the country. A New York City employer cannot discriminate against you based upon your gender; age; race; disability; sexual orientation; gender identity/gender expression; national origin; pregnancy or childbirth; prior criminal record; credit history; military status; or political activity.
Take Your Next Steps Today
All parents, whether the birth mother, an adoptive parent, or a co-partner, have legal protections. If you believe you have suffered pregnancy related employment discrimination or because of your membership in a protected class, you have legal rights . We are ready to fight to rectify your injustice and get you the compensation you deserve.