Employment Law FAQs

Employment law refers to the legal practice area focusing on the rights and relationships of employers and employees or independent contractors. Both state and federal laws are used to determine the outcome of disputes over these rights. Gerlach Employment Law represents the rights and interests of employers in these disputes. 

Common Cases that Gerlach Employment Law Defends

  • Employee complaints to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
  • Wrongful termination claims
  • Employee harassment
  • OSHA violations
  • Unpaid wages
  • FMLA violation
  • Non-compete disputes
  • Overtime claims 

Who Hires Employer-Side Attorneys?

  • Business Owners
  • HR Managers
  • Executives
  • In-House Counsel
  • Also known as employment lawyers, employer defense attorneys, employer compliance attorney, employer representation, management attorney

Employer-side attorneys represent employers and protect business interests. They advocate for employers, defending businesses when they are facing employee allegations.

When an employer hires an employment attorney, it is often to respond to employee claims, complaints, or charges. The employee, also referred to as the plaintiff, may be suing for any myriad of workplace rights violations. The individual or business that the claim is filed against is the defendant.

Representing the Employer

For example, a business owner facing a discrimination claim from an employee would turn to an employment lawyer to defend against the claim. Attorneys for employers may mediate workplace disputes or employee terminations. Employer-side attorneys also advise employers on correctly classifying employees, procedures for terminating employees, contracts and agreements, and employee handbooks.

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