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Employment law is not only about the protection of the employee. Employers should also work to protect themselves by ensuring their compliance with applicable laws and regulations. An experienced Illinois employment law attorney can prove vital to this goal and the success of a business. The Law Office of Mitchell A. Kline offers employers the knowledge that is necessary to protect their interests, while respecting the rights of their employees. Mitchell A. Kline is a Chicago attorney who has spent the last 20 years practicing employment law.

What does Employment Law Entail?

Dating back to the industrial revolution, employment law began with regulations on employee work hours and wages. Since that time, this area of law has greatly expanded to numerous rules and regulations of protection for employees and other parties with interests in the business. For employers, this means a vast amount of laws to follow and substantial penalties for noncompliance. From the Department of Labor discrimination prohibitions to the disclosure requirements of the Securities and Exchange Commission, employers can easily become overwhelmed with regulations without the help of a legal professional.

Civil Rights and Discrimination

Under the U.S. Constitution, every American is guaranteed certain rights. These freedoms extend to the workplace, where employers are prohibited from taking any actions that impede on an employee’s civil liberties. For example, employers cannot terminate an employee due to their political beliefs or legally protected statements. To comply with these regulations, you must first know what actions you are not allowed to take, which may not be readily apparent without the assistance of an employment law attorney.

Similarly, employee discrimination is also against the law. As an employer, you are prohibited from discriminating against your employees on the basis of race or gender. However, what you may not know is that there are also prohibitions against other types of discriminatory actions, including those based on age, pregnancy and religion. Some of these classifications require that you make specific accommodations available to the employee. Ensure that you know and understand your responsibilities by securing counsel from an experienced Chicago attorney.

Penalties and Punishments

Failure to abide by employment law regulations can result in hefty punishments and significant financial burdens on your business. A grieved employee may file a case against you in court for compensation and damages. In addition, federal agencies may levy fines and fees against you for violation of certain regulations. For example, the Department of Labor can levy fine up to $10,000 per injured employee for matters involving retaliation against a whistle blowing worker. This level of penalty can prove financially devastating.

An experienced Chicago employment law attorney is vital when employment law issues arise. The Law Office of Mitchell A. Kline can assist you in creating an action strategy and navigating the legal process. Our offices represent employers in all aspects of employment law. Whether you are looking for assistance in preventing employment law claims or an attorney to defend a current claim, contact the Law Office of Mitchell A. Kline today for your free and confidential consultation.

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