Aiding Employees And Employers With Workplace Issues.
Matters involving the workplace can be life-altering. Employment law issues often have serious repercussions that impact both employers and employees long-term. Your rights and livelihood are at stake and require the skill of an advocate who truly cares.
The attorneys at Tesler & Werblood have the knowledge and experience needed to assist you with your employment law matters. For over 40 years we have been advising both employers and employees on laws set by local, state and federal governments. We can discuss your concerns on a free consultation.
Helping Employees Take Action
Because Virginia is an at-will employment state, many employees really wonder if employers can fire them for any reason. There are exceptions to this “no reason needed” rule. We are experienced in working with the exceptions to this law. Some of those exceptions include:
- Violation of an employment contract
- Retaliation against you for filing a claim against the employer
- Refusing to participate in illegal activity
While Virginia law prohibits discrimination, some factors must be met before these laws apply, such as the number of employees at a business. When an employer has at least 15 employees, most types of discrimination are not allowed by law. For age discrimination, an employer must have 20 employees. Equal Employment Opportunity Act prohibits discrimination in employment based on your race, religion, national origin or your gender (sex). Another federal law prohibits discrimination based on your age, if you are over 40 years old.
We can also help you seek unemployment benefits. If you are denied, you have the right to appeal. If you are approved, there is a chance your former employer will appeal. We can help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
Helping Employers Follow Procedures
Our lawyers provide advice and guidance to employers regarding a variety of matters. We represent employers before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and provide advice on National Labor Relations Board Issues. We also:
- Write and review employee handbooks
- Provide guidance on hiring and firing employees — including contract employees and immigrants
- Advise on laws related to minimum wage and employing young workers
- Provide representation regarding discrimination and safety complaints
Employees in Virginia work at-will, meaning you can fire the employee for any reason or for no reason and at any time. When challenging a termination, employees have few rights, but a few exceptions do exist. As an employer, you should be aware of these exceptions, which include complaints regarding discrimination and safety complaints. Contact us before firing an employee if you are concerned about being sued, if you entered into a contract with that employee that limits your right to fire, or if the employee revealed he or she is in a protected class.
Let Us Guide And Advise You
Whether you are an employer who has questions about how to handle an employment situation, or are an employee who has been wrongfully terminated, we can help. Located in Falls Church, we can be reached at 703-534-9300 or via our online form.