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Defending Your Employee Rights In El Paso And Las Cruces

When your rights are violated at your workplace, it can be hard for you to properly defend yourself. Without the help of a skilled employment law attorney, you may not even be able to identify if someone has violated your employee rights. If you believe that someone violated your worker’s rights in any way, you deserve a skilled attorney to stand up for you.

At Flores Mendez, PC, you can find legal representation with more than three decades of experience in employment law in New Mexico and Texas. We understand the importance of defending workers, and we do everything we can to protect our clients, whether they are U.S. citizens or not.

Common Employment Law Issues That You May Be Facing

Several laws shield workers from actions that violate their rights. When someone breaks these laws and causes you harm on the job, we are prepared to hold them responsible for their actions and seek justice for you. Some of the cases we take in employment law include:

  • Discrimination against workers for their age, gender, race, sex, religion, disability status, pregnancy status, or nation of origin
  • Workplace harassment, including sexual harassment, verbal harassment and physical harassment
  • Workplace retaliation for reporting illegal activity or other violations, or advocating for employee rights
  • Wrongful terminations for when an employee is fired for being a part of a protected class or as a result of retaliation

We are committed to helping our clients through these difficult times. We explain the details of their cases to them, inform them about what we are doing to help, and remain in constant contact with them through it all. Our lawyers are prepared to stand by your side through every step of your legal needs.

What Are My Rights Under The Family And Medical Leave Act (FMLA)?

Under the FMLA, eligible employees are allowed to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave per 12-month period in response to certain qualifying events, during which time their jobs are protected. Qualifying events include incapacity related to pregnancy; caring for a child after birth, adoption or foster care placement; a spouse, parent or child having a serious health condition; or the employee having a serious health condition that makes them unable to work.

In general, you are an eligible employee if you have worked for an employer that is subject to the FMLA for at least 12 months and 1,250 hours and your employer has at least 50 employees within the 75-mile radius around your work location.

How Do I Know If I Am The Victim Of Workplace Harassment?

Workplace harassment can take many different forms. In general, you may be the victim of workplace harassment when you are the target of offensive, unwelcome conduct that is either pervasive or severe – so much so that it interferes with your work.

Workplace harassment often has its roots in and is combined with discrimination, and the offensive conduct can be focused on someone’s age, disability, race, national origin, religion and other personal characteristics. Offensive conduct can include things like “jokes,” the use of slurs, explicit messages or pictures, mockery and physical threats. Workplace harassment can come from co-workers, supervisors, business owners, customers and third parties, such as vendors and independent contractors.

What Should I Do If I’m The Victim Of Discrimination At Work?

First, begin documenting everything. Save every offensive object that is placed on your desk, and keep every offensive message. Get a journal and document every offensive comment or action, noting what happened, who was involved and who may have witnessed it. Make sure to examine your employee handbook and contract so that you know what reporting steps you are expected to follow.

Finally, immediately contact an experienced workplace discrimination lawyer as soon as you think you are being targeted for discrimination or harassment.

Let Us Take Care Of Your Case

If you think you have an employment law case on your hands, do not make the mistake of trying to handle it on your own. Instead, let our skilled attorneys act on your behalf in your case. Call our offices in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and El Paso, Texas, at 915-955-5164 or email us here to schedule your initial consultation today.