Employment Law OLD 2020-12-21T16:55:54-06:00

Employment Law and Employee Rights – Kansas City

Under United States employment law, as well as the Kansas Human Rights Act and Missouri Human Rights Act, all employees have basic rights, including the right to privacy, to fair compensation, and freedom from discrimination – including throughout the hiring process. They also include freedom from harassment, the right to a safe workplace, and “whistleblower” rights, or the right to be free from retaliation for filing a claim or complaint against an employer.

If you feel that those basic rights have been violated, consulting with experienced employment law and employee rights attorneys is your best course of action. We will listen to you and help form a strategy to best defend your rights.  

Representation that will fight for you

Attorneys Kevin Baldwin and Eric Vernon handle discrimination cases before the EEOC, the Missouri Commission on Human Rights, the Kansas Human Rights Commission, and in state and federal courts.

We handle:

There are two different types of workplace sexual harassment: quid pro quo and hostile work environment. Quid pro quo involves a person in a position of authority demanding their subordinate tolerate sexual harassment as a condition of their job; a pattern of this or any other kind of unwelcome conduct that is sexual in nature, from jokes to inappropriate touching qualifies as hostile work environment. Whichever form you are encountering is unacceptable and illegal, and Baldwin & Vernon can work to help you protect your rights.

Gender discrimination in the workplace can be subtle, and difficult to identify, but occurs whenever somebody is being treated differently because of their gender. This kind of discrimination can affect anything from pay and promotions to hiring. Sexual harassment is also a form of gender discrimination; both are prohibited by law.

If you are expecting a child, it is illegal for your employer to discriminate against you based on that fact and make any firing, promotion, or hiring decisions based on your pregnancy. You are protected from being treated differently at work because of your pregnancy.

Employees that are subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act are required to adhere to the federal Equal Pay Act as well, and must provide equal pay to men and women who are performing equal work.

If you have acted on a good-faith belief that your employer or other employees are violating the law in some way, you have the right to protection from retaliation.

Discrimination against you based on your age is illegal. Your employer can not make any kind of hiring, firing, promotional, or compensation-related decisions based on your age. The ADEA, the Federal Employment Discrimination law, and the Older Workers’ Benefit Protection Act all protect you from being discriminated against because of your age.

Unfortunately, workplaces can become so charged with unwanted behavior and harassment, including sexual harassment, that they can be defined as a hostile work environment, and interfere with your ability to do your job. Baldwin & Vernon can help you fight this kind of harassment and protect your rights as an employee to a fair working environment.

The Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, protects employees with disabilities from discrimination by employers and potential employers. This includes requiring that your employer make reasonable accommodations for you and prohibiting them from limiting your job opportunities.

The U.S. Constitution and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was put into action to make sure that race would not play a role in in the standings and rights of American citizens. There are many state laws prohibiting race to be a factor in hiring or promoting  because of racial ethnicity.

We have a deep understanding of key laws such as:

  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
  • The Older Workers’ Benefit Protection Act (OWBPA)
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Kansas Human Rights Act
  • Missouri Human Rights Act
  • Title VII
  • Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

We have successfully handled cases, such as:

  • Women working on road crews who lost opportunities and hours because male coworkers did not want to work with women.
  • Women who had always received superior job reviews but started receiving negative feedback immediately after they became pregnant.
  • Wrongful termination of a cancer-stricken employee

Get the Defense You Deserve

If you believe you have a civil case, contact us for a free consultation so we can see if we’re a good fit for you, and start building a strategy to defend your rights.