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Frequently Asked Questions: Employment Law

Chicago Employment Lawyer

Employment matters can be complex because of an overlap of applicable federal, state, and local laws as any relevant verbal or written agreements. Applicable laws may vary, depending on the size of the employer, and whether the employee is exempt or non-exempt. If you have questionsabout discrimination, [M1] harassment, FMLA claims, or other areas of employment law, the Law Offices of Fern Trevino can help you. If you would like more information, please call the firm to schedule a confidential consultation.

Q: What is workplace discrimination?
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Workplace discrimination may include a broad range of conduct, such as failing to promote an employee because of the employee's age or paying an employee less because she is a woman. Discrimination includes less favorable treatment or mistreatment due to age, race, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or pregnancy.

Q: What laws govern the wages and hours in my workplace?
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A number of laws apply to wages, hours, and workplace conditions. For example, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is a federal law that governs issues pertaining to minimum wage, overtime, and child labor.

Q: What should I do if I was fired from my job, but was offered a severance package?
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Before you attempt to negotiate a severance package, you should consult with an attorney to help you strategize. Before you sign a severance agreement you should have your attorney review the agreement. An employment law attorney at the Law Offices of Fern Trevino can recommend better monetary and non-monetary terms and help you strategize on how to negotiate better terms.

Q: Is it legal for my employer to review my internet usage and read personal emails on my company computer?
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Employees have limited rights to privacy while using company property, such as computers. In addition to monitoring employee internet usage and blocking access to certain websites, employers may legally penalize employees for violating policies related to the use of company property.

Q: Can an employer deny me employment based on my disability?
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Under federal law, it is illegal for an employer to discriminate against a disabled person who is physically able to perform the essential functions of the job s/he has applied for, or is currently performing.

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