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Employment Law: Attorney Celebre is a Wisconsin employment attorney with more than 20 years experience. He represents all Wisconsin employment and labor cases. He has represented employers and employees involving Abbott Laboratories, American Express, Chrysler Corporation, and Alfa Laval. He can assist you in your employment and labor matters.
Topics Include: Severance Packages, Worker's Compensation, Contracts, Discrimination
Severance Packages: Severance pay is payment made to an employee when terminated beyond ordinary wages. Severance pay is not required. Most employers should consider providing severance pay, and employees should consider taking severance pay if it is offered. Consider that a severance package:
- Is often done to buy the employee's promise not to sue the employer for the termination
- May be done to protect company secrets on behalf of the employer, such as protecting copyright information or new company ideas
- May be done to prevent the employee from going to an employer’s competitor
Also consider that an attorney can:
- Review the terms and conditions of the severance package and explain them
- Create a severance contract for the employer
- Negotiate a better severance package for either the employer or the employee
Worker's Compensation: Worker's compensation provides employees with a remedy for on-the-job injuries. Note that:
- Most states require worker's compensation that employers carry for employees
- It avoids employees having to bring lawsuits against their employers for work-related injuries because employees are automatically entitled to benefits if injured while working
Coverage may include:
- Aggravation of a pre-existing condition due to work, such as re-injuring a hand injury for over-typing
- Injuries while on “off time” at the company, such as picnics, holiday parties, or lunch breaks
- Mental and physical stress caused by work or working conditions
Note too that:
- You cannot be fired for requesting worker's compensation
- You should get your own physician to determine the extent of your injury
- Do not take for granted the company doctor's medical opinion on your injury
Contracts: A contract is an agreement between two parties. Attorney Celebre reviews all contracts including:
- Non-compete agreements.
- Employer/Employee contracts.
- Company manuals needing review.
- Contracts for large and small businesses.
Discrimination: Discrimination can come in any form based on race, color, creed, disability, sex, and other reasons. Such types of discrimination may include:
- Age or religious discrimination, such as being mistreated at work due to your age or religion
- Pregnancy discrimination, such as getting fired or demoted because you are pregnant or your being denied family or medical leave
- Sexual discrimination, such being paid less at work based on your sex
- Disability discrimination, such as not accommodating your needs to perform your job