Employment lawyers can have a significant impact on your life if you feel like you are being unfairly treated in your workplace, being compensated unfairly, or have been wrongfully terminated. Employment lawyers specialize in your legal rights as an employee and can advise you on the employment law standards set by Ontario and Canadian law. When you have a legal adviser who specializes in employment law matters on your side, they will advocate on your behalf to ensure that your legal rights are protected, that you are treated in a fair an consistent manner in the workplace, and if you are entitled to monetary payment (such as severance or damages), ensure that the amount you receive fully and fairly compensates you.
What issues can an employment lawyer help you with?
J. Leigh Daboll, an employment lawyer in Niagara, provides strong legal counsel to help his clients resolve a number of workplace disputes. Here are some of the employment issues that he helps clients within his practice as a Niagara legal adviser:
Breach of employment law standards (for example, denying sick leave or maternity leave entitlements under the Employment Standards Act, 2000);
Wrongful termination (also known as wrongful dismissal);
Discrimination or harassment in employment which violates human rights laws;
Workplace bullying or workplace violence;
Workplace harassment, including sexual harassment;
Interpretation of employment contracts (for example, the enforceability of a non-compete or non-solicitation clause; opinion as to whether a contract that limits severance payable on termination is enforceable); and
Breach of employee privacy.
How your employer deals with a dispute or complaint in the workplace may also be problematic and you may need legal advice in that regard – for example, if your employer fails to conduct an appropriate investigation into incidents or complaints of workplace harassment, or if you are disciplined, suspended or threatened for making a complaint or exercising your rights as an employee. An experienced employment lawyer will be able to advise you on the full extent of the diminishment of your rights and take steps to protect your rights from being further compromised. How hiring an employment lawyer will impact your life There are significant benefits to hiring an employment lawyer when you are faced with a workplace dispute. Hiring an employment lawyer will relieve you of the burden of having to take on your employer or former employer on your own. Your employment lawyer will meet with you to gather information about your workplace issues and what result you want to get, then advise you on what laws apply, the rights and responsibilities of both you and your employer, and your legal options. Your legal adviser will also provide you with an opinion as to how strong your claim is, what evidence you will need, and how long it will likely take to achieve a result – all of this information will help you weigh your options and decide the best way to proceed. In addition to providing you with knowledge and a strategy for obtaining results, a Niagara legal adviser such as J. Leigh Daboll will communicate with your employer on your behalf, and you will have the resources of the entire firm at your disposal once retained to act on your behalf. Our employment lawyer can negotiate directly with your employer, evaluate the fairness of any settlement proposals, and commence legal claims where necessary (and ensure that limitation periods are not missed). Essentially, a skilled employment lawyer will remove uncertainty and help reduce the pressure of trying to “go it alone” in a stressful employment situation. Do you need an employment lawyer in Niagara? As a trusted legal adviser in Niagara, J. Leigh Daboll provides his clients with legal advice in all employment law matters, including wrongful termination, workplace bullying, workplace harassment, and sexual harassment in the workplace. He does his utmost to provide all clients of the firm with wise legal counsel and clear strategies for obtaining results. Please contact me today for more information about how I can help you. I offer an “unbundled” law service option for many employment matters, which can save you legal fees with no reduction in the quality of necessary or required legal services.