Discrimination in the workplace isn’t a thing of the past. Every day, minorities overhear racial slurs made by co-workers or supervisors, women get sexually harassed by their bosses, and the disabled are let go from their jobs or passed over for promotion. For over 20 years, Charleston employment law attorney Stephan Futeral has taken on doctor’s and lawyer’s offices, government agencies, fire and police departments, government defense contractors, and educational institutions to name a few. No matter who your employer may be or what kind of work you do, we are ready to protect your rights against discrimination or harassment at your job.
If your rights have been violated by your employer, you can rely on a Charleston employment lawyer from Futeral & Nelson, LLC to fight for you. We strive to be the best at what we do. That’s why our law firm is top-rated (AV) by Martindale-Hubbell and clients endorse us with 5 stars ★★★★★ on Google Reviews.
Meet with a Charleston employment law attorney from our firm, and we’ll provide you with honest advice and treat you with the respect you deserve. Until then, here are some frequently asked questions and answers about labor law in South Carolina:
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Harassment, discrimination, and retaliation in the work place are wrong. Workers in South Carolina are protected by complex state and federal laws and regulations. For example:
- Under federal law, Title VII prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin (nationality), gender, or religion (religious discrimination), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) prohibits discrimination on the basis of age. These laws prohibit discrimination in hiring, firing, promotion, and pay rate and from retaliating against employees who oppose these types of discrimination.
- The federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires employers to pay their employees minimum wages, as well as “time-and-a-half” for all overtime hours worked in excess of forty hours per workweek. South Carolina law imposes additional requirements for the timely payment of wages upon termination of employment. These state and federal laws provide for serious penalties (payable to employees) for violation of these requirements.
- The federal Family Leave Medical Act (FLMA) provides eligible employees up to twelve weeks of family leave per year. This law prohibits discrimination or retaliation against employees who exercise their right to family leave and provide for serious penalties (payable to employees) for violation of these requirements.
In South Carolina, employees who do not have employment contract are “at will” employees and can be fired for any “legal” reason. However, employers can be responsible for the harm suffered by an employee because of discrimination, harassment or unfair labor practices. Our employment lawyers will fully explain your rights and work to secure the best possible outcome in your case.
No. If you’ve been offered an employment contract, it’s always a good idea to have an attorney review it before you sign. Employment contracts usually have clauses on intellectual property, inventions, non-disclosure or non-competition. Contact us for an appointment, and we will explain what your obligations and your employer’s obligations are under the contract. We can also help to negotiate the terms of the contract before you agree to it. If you have already signed the contract, but you think your employer has breached, it isn’t too late to get legal advice. Meet with an employment law attorney from our firm, and we will explain whether there has been a breach, and if so, what your legal remedies may be.
Severance packages often contain complicated releases with legal jargon that isn’t easy to understand. Before you sign off, you need to know exactly what you are agreeing to for that severance pay. You also need to know whether the money is worth what you may be giving up in return or whether a better deal could be negotiated. Call us to make an appointment, and an experienced employment law attorney will review your severance offer and all of the facts related to the termination of your employment.