Seattle, Washington Employment Lawyers
Patty has lived in Seattle for over 40 years and has been involved in legal advocacy for individuals her entire career. She is committed to collaborative negotiation and exploring all methods for resolving employment disputes without resorting to litigation. She obtained her JD from University of Puget Sound School of Law in 1989 where she...
A seasoned workplace investigator, Trish regularly conducts independent investigations of a diverse range of claims including discrimination, sexual harassment, hostile work environment, retaliation, misconduct, ethics violations, and improper governmental action. She has performed more than 200 workplace investigations, many involving highly charged situations with complex facts and...
Prior to attending law school, Mr. Lundgren served as an infantry squad leader in the United States Army. After serving in the Army, he attended Hamline University School of Law in Minnesota where he graduated second in his class, summa cum laude, in 2000.
Employment Lawyers in Nearby Cities
Employment Lawyers in Nearby Counties
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Employment law governs the relationship between workers and their employers. This law, contained in federal and state statutes, administrative regulations, and judicial decisions, specifies the rights and restrictions applicable to each party in the workplace.
This area of law regulates such issues as employee benefits, discipline, hiring, firing, leave, payroll, and health and safety in the workplace. It also encompasses non-compete agreements, retaliation, severance, unemployment compensation, pensions, whistle-blowing, worker classification, wage garnishment, work authorization for non-U.S. citizens, worker's compensation, and employee handbooks.
Both federal and state laws govern the relationship between employees and employers. Federal laws such as Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Age Discrimination in Employment Act prohibit employers from discriminating against employees based on certain characteristics. Many states have enacted their own laws similar to federal ones (and sometimes are more stringent). Cities and counties also can enact ordinances that affect employee rights, such as local minimum wage laws.
Employment lawyers can choose to accept only employees as clients, only employers, or both. Some attorneys focus on a specific area of employment law, such as workers' compensation, whistleblowing or discrimination, but many can handle a wide range of employment law issues.
Essential job functions: The fundamental job duties of the employment position that the individual with a disability holds or desires. The term essential functions does not include marginal functions of the position.
Exempt employee: An employee who is not entitled to the minimum wage or overtime pay protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
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