For many individuals, the hardest part of their employment relationship is finding a suitable employer. Once they become employed, both parties are mutually benefited. Unfortunately, in some circumstances, the employment relationship can break down. Employees may find themselves intimidated by co-employees or in disagreement with their superiors. They might find themselves with a tangible job change, demotion, wages decrease, or, in the worst case, termination. The laws that govern the employment-at-will relationship are voluminous. Statutes cover topics from when wages are to be paid to limiting the employer’s ability to terminate employees for discriminatory reasons. On top of these statutes is the common law precedent. With knowledge of these laws and expansive litigation experience, DeSanto Morgan & Taylor is the firm to call if your employment relationship has deteriorated.
EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENTS OR CONTRACTS
In an effort to protect employees before their employment begins, DeSanto Morgan & Taylor takes a preventative approach. Before an employee signs agreements or accepts employment, we review employment contracts, relocation paperwork, non-compete agreements, or other pre-employment documentation to assist employees in understanding their rights prior to taking employment. Obtaining such representation helps the client level the playing field during the negotiation process.
If an employment relationship has faltered and the parties seek to part ways, a severance package may be available to the departing employee. Again to level the playing field during negotiations, DeSanto Morgan & Taylor provides representation to former employees negotiating a severance package and the end of the employment relationship.
DeSanto Morgan & Taylor provides valuable advice and representation regarding non-competition clauses. We counsel both employees and employers on fair and lawful provisions in employment agreements to protected the interests of the parties in a mutually beneficial fashion.
There are many ways in which a discharge can be wrongful and at DeSanto Morgan & Taylor, we have seen them all. The law provides protection to employees so that they cannot be discriminated against on the basis of age, race, religion, gender and other characteristics. Lawsuits may be brought in state court under the Illinois Human Rights Act or federal court under various federal statutes. Our attorneys have successfully prosecuted and defended many forms of discrimination litigation.
Another protection of the law is provided to whistle-blowers and employees who have been wrongfully terminated for complaining about their employer’s conduct. These types of complaints can include complaining about criminal activities, financial fraud, sexual harassment, wage and compensation issues, or health code violations. At DeSanto Morgan & Taylor, we believe that employees who are bold enough to raise these issues to their supervisors and employers deserve the protection of the law if they are terminated as a result of wrongful conduct of their employer. We also believe honest employers who have been wrongfully accused deserve the best defense. We provide counseling and representation to employers who have been wrongfully accused.
If you are subject to unfair treatment at your place of work or have been wrongfully accused of improper conduct as an employee or employer, contact DeSanto Morgan & Taylor today at (847) 816-8100 or online on the Contact Us page.