Mississippi Employment Lawyer
Having gainful employment is a natural source of pride and independence for many workers in Mississippi. The employer-employee relationship should be one of cooperation and mutual respect.
Unfortunately, in some cases, the relationship can fracture over disputes relating to pay, promotions, or even allegations that the employer engaged in unlawful conduct with respect to employment laws.
If you believe you have been the victim of violations of employment law by your employer – such as discrimination, workplace harassment, retaliation, or wrongful discharge – you need an experienced Mississippi employment attorney who can advise you as to whether you have a legal claim for compensation or other relief under state and federal employment laws.
An employment lawyer from the Employment and Consumer Law Group can help you file an administrative claim with the appropriate government agency or file a lawsuit to seek the legal recovery you are entitled to.
Contact us now for a free and confidential consultation about your situation, your rights, and your legal options.
Common Mississippi Employment Law Cases We Handle
The dedicated Mississippi employment lawyers of The Employment and Consumer Law Group help employees across Mississippi who are the victims of violations of employment laws committed by their employers. Common employment law claims we handle include:
- Wage theft – Wage theft involves the failure to pay legally owed wages for hours an employee worked. Our legal team can help you pursue the compensation you deserve if your employer fails to pay you for all the hours you worked, fails to pay you when you take paid leave, makes improper deductions and withholdings from your paycheck (including deductions that lower your pay below the minimum wage), or improperly withholds tips that you earned.
- Independent contractor and exempt employee misclassification – Misclassification of employees as independent contractors and misclassification of Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)-exempt employees are among the most widespread employment law violations in Mississippi. Employee classification laws are not always easy to follow, and some employers make honest mistakes. However, some employers knowingly misclassify their employees to avoid paying overtime pay or payroll taxes. Our legal team can help you determine whether you have been improperly classified by your employer and seek compensation for any pay that you should have earned or for any taxes that you should not have paid.
- Employment discrimination – If you are subjected to discrimination due to your status as a member of a protected class – such as race, age, or sex/gender – at any point in the employment process, including hiring, work assignments, promotion, and termination, you may have a legal claim under the state and federal laws that prohibit workplace discrimination. Our legal team can help you file an administrative claim and seek various forms of recovery, including reinstatement to your position, back pay, and compensation for emotional distress.
- Workplace harassment – If you’ve been the victim of conduct or behavior in the workplace that involves your status in a protected class, or if you have been the victim of sexual harassment in the form of unwanted advances or demands for sexual favors, our employment attorneys can help you file a complaint with the relevant government agencies. We can also help you pursue compensation for lost pay or emotional damages you’ve suffered as a result of the harassment.
- Retaliation – Our legal team can help you take advantage of the laws that protect you from employer retaliation for actions you may take, such as engaging in whistleblowing, using protected leave, or refusing to perform unlawful acts in the course of your employment.
- Wage and hour claims – Wage and hour claims often involve employers failing to pay their employees minimum wage and earned overtime pay. In some cases, employers maliciously withhold this money, and so the issue cannot be resolved by a simple conversation. Our legal team can help you file a wage and hour claim with the appropriate state and federal authorities and, if necessary, file a lawsuit to seek the pay that you deserve.
What to Do If You Suspect You Were the Victim of Employment Law Violations
If you suspect you have been the victim of employment law violations, your first step should be to speak with a knowledgeable Mississippi employment law attorney who can determine whether you have a viable employment law claim.
With legal representation, you can take the first step of attempting to amicably resolve your claim with your employer. In some cases, the employment law violations you have suffered may have been caused by bad actors in your company that your employer would be happy to get rid of.
If you are unable to resolve your employment law claim with your employer, you may need to escalate your claim by filing a complaint with the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) or the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Filing a complaint with the government is often a necessary step before you can pursue a lawsuit for compensation for employment law violations.
Government agencies may conclude that the conduct you’ve alleged did occur and impose appropriate penalties upon your employer or give you the right to file a lawsuit.
How Our Mississippi Employment Law Attorneys Can Help You
If you have been the victim of discrimination, workplace harassment, wage and hour violations, employee misclassification, or retaliation, you need a knowledgeable Mississippi employment law attorney who can help you pursue your claim through the right regulatory and legal channels.
The legal team at the Employment and Consumer Law Group can help you by reviewing your case to determine whether you may have a claim of employment law violations. Our attorneys can help you try to resolve your claim by negotiating with your employer or by filing a complaint with the MDES or the EEOC. If necessary, we can pursue your claim for compensation by filing a lawsuit.
If you’ve been the victim of employment law violations, don’t wait another day to start pursuing the compensation and relief that you are legally entitled to. Contact us today to schedule a confidential consultation to discuss your claim in further detail. We will inform you of your legal rights and options and explain how our experienced employment law attorneys can help you seek the recovery you deserve.