Employment Disputes

Employment Disputes

Jan 07

Labor or employment disputes are controversies that occur between an employer and an employee regarding the terms of employment, benefits, wages, tenure, and hours of work. These controversies often result to personal grievances that could be grounds for a lawsuit. Among the many types of employment disputes, overtime disputes and sexual harassment in the workplace are very common.

Sexual harassment is discrimination based on sex, regardless whether male or female. There are basically two types of sexual harassment: first is the “quid pro quo” type where someone of higher position offers added benefits in exchange for sexual favors or threatens firing or downgrading the employee for refusing such sexual favors, and the second type is the “hostile work environment” type of discrimination where an employee is the target of unwanted behaviors, insinuations, and advances from higher-ups or fellow employees which could result to in a toxic or unhealthy working environment. Not all sexual harassment cases are females, this can also occur to males. Sexual harassment can happen to anyone, any gender, as long as the discrimination is based solely on the employee’s gender.

On the other hand, a fast and rising employment dispute is overtime dispute. According to the overtime rules of the FairPay approved and implemented by the Department of Labor, any worker who are earning about $455 per week (equivalent to about $23, 660 per year) are qualified for overtime pay. Based on the rules of the FairPay, hours worked after the required 40-hour workweek will be counted as overtime hours and qualified employees are entitled for overtime pay. Most overtime disputes occur because of the employer’s refusal to pay for the overtime worked, or that the pay is not in accordance to the FairPay rules. If you believe you haven’t been justly compensated for your work, contact an overtime lawyer today.

Employment disputes can be prevented if the employee knows what their rights are and knows how to assert them in the workplace. For those who have suffered such workplace discrimination or have been denied of their overtime pay, it would be best to consult a lawyer regarding these issues to assess the issue and determine if there is a probable cause for a lawsuit.