Our experienced contract negotiation attorneys have experience reviewing a wide variety of contracts including, but not limited to, compensation agreements, employee handbooks, restrictive covenants, and termination clauses. Before signing an agreement, we can give you an honest assessment and interpretation of your contract. We also provide legal assistance to employees and independent contractors who are in the midst of a contractual dispute.
The employment discrimination attorneys at the Law Offices of Usmaan Sleemi represent employees who were discriminated against based on age, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, and/or sexual orientation. Our attorneys represent clients who were victims of unlawful bias by employers in the processes of recruiting, hiring, compensating, firing, etc. We help clients take legal action against employers who have violated employee protection laws at both the state and federal levels.
The Law Offices of Usmaan Sleemi are committed to protecting employees who were subject to financial inequality in the workplace. There has been a history of employers violating the New Jersey Equal Pay Act, which requires that employees are compensated equal pay for equal work. Our employment discrimination lawyers protect the legal rights of employees who did not receive equal compensation and benefits based on gender bias.
Family and Medical Leave
Employees who need to take extended periods of leave from work to take care of family and medical emergencies are protected by the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA). Eligibility for this protection is based on an employer’s number of employees and the reason for the leave of absence. Our employment attorneys fight for the legal rights of employees against employers who violated the FMLA and/or the New Jersey Family Leave Act.
Hostile Work Environment
There is a broad range of employer conduct that can create a hostile work environment. Employees have the right to work in a place where they are not subjected to bullying, harassment, intimidation, or discrimination. The employment attorneys at the Law Offices of Usmaan Sleemi help employees determine what protections they are owed under the law, and discuss with them the possibility of filing hostile work environment claims.
Sometimes the practice of exercising your rights as an employee can trigger an employer to retaliate against you. Retaliation occurs in the form of behaviors such as declining a raise in pay, cutting benefits, subjecting an employee to emotional abuse or firing an employee. Our retaliation attorneys provide aggressive representation to employees so that they can receive compensation for the financial losses and harm they have suffered.
It is important for employees who are losing their jobs to receive severance packages that are fair and offer adequate financial security. If employees are unfamiliar with legal jargon and the terms and conditions of this type of contract, they may be taken advantage of by their employers. The employment attorneys at the Law Offices of Usmaan Sleemi have expertise in negotiating severance packages and reviewing their terms so that employees receive the compensation and benefits they deserve.
Employees have the right to work in an environment that cultivates a culture of professionalism and respect at all times. Unfortunately, both men and women have been victims of conduct in the workplace that invokes intimidation and fear. Behavior that could constitute sexual harassment includes, but is not limited to, telling lewd jokes or stories, offering incentives in exchange for sexual favors, or complimenting or insulting physical appearance. Our sexual harassment attorneys advocate for victims of this type of abuse and fight tenaciously for their right to damages.
Wage and Hour Disputes
The Fair Labor and Standards Act (FLSA) and the New Jersey State Wage and Hour Law implement federal and state standards for fair compensation for employees who perform overtime work. In order to avoid compensating employees adequately for the work they perform, employers will sometimes intentionally misclassify employees or will flat out refuse to pay fair wages. The wage and hour violation attorneys at the Law Offices of Usmaan Sleemi fight to protect employees’ legal rights to ensure that their wages are paid fairly.
Even though employees are entitled to whistleblower protection on both state and federal levels, this does not stop some employers from aggressively or unlawfully retaliating against employees for speaking out. Some retaliatory actions that employers take against whistleblowing employees include: subjecting them to financial punishment, wrongful termination, or unwarranted demotion. Our employment attorneys give honest assessments of whistleblowing claims and help employees explore various legal remedies that are available to them.