Employment Lawyers in Philadelphia
When you work for a living, you expect your employer to give you the respect you are due. But too often, business owners take advantage of their employees’ labor, pressuring them into giving more labor than they are compensated for.
That’s why Pennsylvania and the federal government have a suite of labor protection laws to protect you. But they won’t be able to do anything if you don’t know how you’re protected.
The lawyers at McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt have over 30 years of experience defending workers and making sure employers follow the law. If you suspect that you have been wronged in your career, read on to learn how we can help.
Wage Theft Lawyers
Our attorneys will review your wages and work history to determine whether your employer has violated wage and hour law under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
In the past, our attorneys have sued Sunoco, Best Buy, Smithfield, Hatfield, Pilgrim’s Pride, Cargill Meat Solutions, and other employers to help workers collect the back pay that they are owed.
We help employees or former employees who are fed up with being paid less than minimum wage or less than they are entitled to under the law. We will investigate and, if appropriate, file a class-action lawsuit under the Fair Labor Standards Act to seek the pay your employer has failed to provide.
You do not have to suffer unfair pay. In 2015–2016, workers recovered almost $2 billion from employers through wage theft lawsuits — amounting to just a fraction of the $50 billion that low-wage workers suffer in wage theft annually.
PA Wrongful Termination Lawyers
Pennsylvania is an at-will employment state. Therefore, an employer may fire you for any reason or no reason at all so long as it is not a reason prohibited by the law.
There are a number of law-protected reasons that an employer may not terminate your employment. Some of the more popular reasons are listed below. If you have been wrongfully discharged for any of the following reasons, contact us immediately for a free initial review of the facts in your case:
- Retaliation: The law protects certain individuals who report discrimination based on a protected class or for acting as a whistleblower
- Constructive discharge: The law allows an employee to recover when an employer makes a situation so bad that the employee is forced to resign rather than continue at work
- FMLA violations: The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a federal law that makes it unlawful to interfere with or deny the exercise of any right set forth in the FMLA
Our attorneys have represented whistleblowers for more than a decade. We have firsthand experience with a number of the government’s reward programs, including the False Claims Act, the IRS whistleblower program, and the Dodd-Frank whistleblower programs of the Securities & Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Each reward program contains different provisions, but we can talk generally about the reward an individual might get for whistleblowing.
Our attorneys have won billions in such cases.
Even if you’re not an employee, you can file a whistleblower lawsuit. Non-employees generally have specialized expertise or non-public information that gives them unique insight into the company’s misconduct.
Customers, consultants, competitors, and ex-employees can all be whistleblowers. Examples include:
- Doctors have turned in pharmaceutical companies
- Pharmacists have turned in competitors
- Consultants and professionals (like accountants) have reported clients
- Investors have turned in individuals soliciting investments
Pennsylvania’s Mandatory Overtime Law
For the most part, employers may order you to work overtime and discipline or terminate you from your job if you do not work the extra hours. However, if your employment is governed by a labor contract, your contract or collective bargaining agreement may include a provision that changes the answer to this question. Unions, for example, may negotiate different rules in the contracts between the employers and their workers.
When to Consult with an Experienced Labor Rights Attorney
Our law firm has represented employees in all manner of lawsuits for over 30 years. We have successfully represented individuals in cases of whistleblowing, wage theft, discrimination, retaliation, and other employment law cases.