Employment & Labor Lawyer in Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix Employment Lawyer
Matt Fendon Law Group has successfully handled a wide variety of employment law issues. Those issues include discrimination, wrongful termination, unpaid wages, harassment, retaliation and FMLA violations.
At Matt Fendon Law Group, our Phoenix employment lawyers know the challenges employees face when they fight back against a company that violates labor laws. We are ready to fight to protect your rights as an employee.
Our skilled and compassionate Phoenix employment attorneys represent employees in all industries throughout Phoenix. If your employer has wronged you, hire an experienced employment lawyer today. The attorneys at Matt Fendon Law Group stand ready to protect your interests and fight tirelessly for you throughout the legal process. We will apply our skills, experience and vast resources as we seek justice on your behalf.
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How Can Our Phoenix Employment Attorneys Help You?
At Matt Fendon Law Group, we handle employment law cases such as:
- Wrongful termination
Wrongful termination refers to legal actions where an employee claims an unlawful firing. In Arizona, employers are generally free to fire employees without any reason, as long as the termination does not violate the terms of a written contract or violate federal or state laws. This is known as “at-will” employment.
Wrongful termination claims arise when the employer’s motivation for terminating an employee was illegal. It can be hard to pinpoint what actions give rise to a viable wrongful termination claim. Consult with a Phoenix employment lawyer to determine whether you have a claim.
In Arizona and throughout the United States, employers act illegally when they discriminate against their employees. Workplace discrimination can take place on the basis of race, disability, sex, and age, for example. Signs of discrimination in the workplace include unfair treatment, the hiring of a certain racial profile, crude and offensive jokes, job refusal and denial of promotions.
If you believe you were discriminated against by your employer, Matt Fendon Law Group can help you take legal action. Our Phoenix employment lawyers have extensive experience handling all types of labor issues, including discrimination. We understand how the process works and can act as your legal advocate.
- Sexual harassment
Sexual harassment can occur in a variety of situations, ranging from crude jokes, inappropriate touching, requests for sexual favors, and other offensive actions. If you have been the victim of sexual harassment at your Phoenix workplace, you may have the right to take legal action.
You could file charges with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or the Arizona Civil Rights Division. If this does not solve the problem, you may file a lawsuit against your employer. You can count on the Phoenix employment lawyers at Matt Fendon Law Group to help you. If you have endured sexual harassment, we can advise you about the best course of action for you to take.
- Unpaid overtime/unpaid wages
If you left your last job without receiving compensation, your former employer could face penalties under federal and state law. When an employee either resigns or is terminated for just cause, the employer is required to pay them their earned wages, including bonuses and commissions. If your employer has failed to pay you the full compensation you deserve, you can bring a lawsuit or file an administrative claim with Arizona’s labor department. Your claim could help you recover unpaid wages and unpaid overtime.
If your claim includes violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, you may file a Wage Claim with the United States Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD). You must file your claim before the two-year statute of limitations expires. If the amount claimed is less than $5,000, you can file a Wage Claim form with the Industrial Commission of Arizona (ICA). The experienced employment lawyers at Matt Fendon Law Group can help you determine where to file your wage claim.
- Workplace retaliation
If you have been a victim of workplace retaliation, hire an experienced employment law attorney to fight for your rights.
Your employer cannot retaliate against you for:
- Filing a discrimination claim
- Taking part in an EEOC investigation
- Testifying on behalf of a coworker who has a harassment or discrimination claim
- Filing a sexual harassment claim
- Reporting illegal company activities internally or to a state or federal agency
At Matt Fendon Law Group, we provide aggressive representation for workplace retaliation victims in Phoenix. We have the skills, knowledge, and resources needed to take on powerful corporations and demand the justice you deserve.
- FMLA violations
Millions of employees in Arizona and throughout the country are protected under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The Act applies to all employers with more than 50 employees. Under the FMLA, employers are responsible for giving eligible employees 12 weeks of unpaid leave if an employee experiences a qualifying event.
If you believe that your employer has violated any of your FMLA rights, the Phoenix employment lawyers at Matt Fendon Law Group can guide you through the necessary steps to determine your employment and FMLA rights.
- Severance agreement review
Severance agreements are employment contracts negotiated between companies and their workers. These agreements generally require workers to forfeit certain legal rights in exchange for compensation. However, when employers refuse to negotiate, many former employees end up with severance packages that are unfair.
Before you accept a severance offer, talk to the skilled Phoenix severance agreement attorneys at Matt Fendon Law Group. We can help you understand the effect that signing the agreement may have on your future. We can also give you the information you need to decide what your next steps should be.
- Contract disputes
Matt Fendon Law Group is committed to helping clients enforce their contractual rights. Our lawyers represent clients in a wide range of contract disputes, including:
- Business contracts
- Purchase and sales contracts
- Non-compete agreements
- Construction contracts
- Sale agreements
- Commercial lease disputes
- Vendor contracts
- Civil negligence or assault
We represent clients in all phases of the dispute resolution process. Our representation includes pre-claim negotiations, mediation, arbitration and, if needed, trial.
Understanding Workers’ Rights in Arizona
Because employment in Arizona is “at-will,” your employer can fire you at any time. You can also quit at any time.
Some exceptions exist to that rule. For example, your employer cannot fire you if a law prevents terminating an employee for a specific reason. Examples include firing someone because of their gender or because the employee was called to jury duty.
The Arizona Employment Protection Act (AEPA) is an exception to “at-will.” This law protects you against wrongful termination. Under the AEPA, there is a one-year statute of limitations for wrongful termination.
Talk to a Phoenix Labor Attorney
At Matt Fendon Law Group, our Phoenix employment attorneys are committed to helping employees who have been wrongfully treated at their job.
When you hire our firm, we will give your case our undivided attention and look after your best interests. We will fully explain the state and federal employment laws that pertain to your case. We will also explore the options that are available to you.
To schedule a consultation with our Phoenix employment lawyers, call us today or reach out online.