Employment Law

T. Andrew Horvat is an experienced employment lawyer with offices in Chicago and Naperville. Read more below about employment law and how a free consultation can benefit you.

What is Employment Law?

Employment law is the area of law that governs the relationship and rights between employer and employee in both private and government workplaces. These rights include, among others, an employees’ right to a minimum wage and overtime pay, to work in a safe environment, the right to family and medical leave, to be free from retaliation, and the right to be free from unlawful discrimination based on a variety of factors including age, sex, race, political affiliation, sexual orientation, disability, and religious belief.

The rights that govern the employee-employer relationship are guaranteed and protected by the U.S. Constitution and federal laws enacted by Congress, such as the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and Title VII of the Civil Rights of Act of 1964. In addition, States, counties, and cities often enact their own employment laws that can provide even more protection than the federal laws. Moreover, as with civil rights and education law, the laws regulating the employee-employer relationship are also derived from court decisions, most notably those handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Common Examples of Employment Law Violations

Employment law consists of literally thousands of statues, rules and regulations that touch upon every aspect of the employee-employer relationship from the hiring process through termination of employment and beyond. Additionally, because civil rights laws also protect employees in the workplace, conduct that violates a law regulating the employment relationship can also violate an employee’s civil rights. While impossible to list all the ways in which an employee’s rights can be violated, some common examples could include:

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An Experienced Employment Attorney Can Help You

If an individual’s employment rights have been violated, he or she can seek
financial damages and other relief in both state and federal court. However,
before a lawsuit can be filed, an employee may be required to file an
administrative complaint before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) or the Illinois Department of Human Rights (“IDHR”). This can be a frustrating and confusing process which, if not handled properly, can permanently damage an individual’s chances of prevailing. We can help.

T. Andrew Horvat is a seasoned employment lawyer who has two decades
worth of experience, including supervising the litigation divisions of several of the largest government agencies in the State where he often litigated employment law matters. As such, Andrew is uniquely qualified to assist you in identifying the right at issue, determine whether a violation has occurred, accurately assess the strength of your case, and secure a favorable judgment on your behalf. If you believe your employment rights have been violated, or you have been accused of violating another’s rights, please contact us for a confidential and free consultation.

Free Employment Law Consultation

Horvat Law has law offices in Chicago and Naperville, IL. Whether you are ready to take action, or you simply want to discuss your options, contact us for a free consultation.