Schneider Wallace Cottrell Konecky Wotkyns LLP is a well-respected national employment litigation law firm established in 1993. Our trial attorneys represent individual plaintiffs and classes in complex employment-related litigation. We often appear before in the federal and state courts to recover damages and to protect the right to work in a harassment- and discrimination-free environment for rightful wages.
Our attorneys remain up to date on the constantly changing laws that affect our clients and are known for taking innovative approaches to litigation. Whereas our outlook is modern, our sense of hard work and strong ethics are rooted in a quarter-century of tradition.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits sexual discrimination and harassment in the workplace. State anti-discrimination laws further protect women and men from harassment based upon their gender.
Generally, a company can fire an employee without cause or notice. However, an employer is not permitted to base termination on the employee’s membership in a protected class, such as gender, pregnancy, race, nationality, age, genetics, religion or disability. Some state laws expand the federal categories. Furthermore, the business cannot fire a worker in retaliation for whistleblowing.
Federal and state laws prohibit employers from making adverse workplace decisions regarding recruitment, hiring, firing, promotion, wages, benefits, training, scheduling and other employment-related matters on the basis of a person’s protected class, including race, color, national origin, age, disability, religion and sex.
An employer is obligated to make reasonable accommodations that do not unreasonably interfere with workplace operations or are not unreasonably cost-prohibitive for workers with disabilities or to allow a worker to practice her or his faith.
Disability Rights (ADA)
The Americans with Disabilities Act protects the rights of people with disabilities in the workplace. Discrimination against the worker is unlawful and the employer must make reasonable accommodations for the employee or recruit.
Family Medical Leave Act
Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) permits certain qualified employees to take unpaid, job-protected leave to get treatment for a medical condition, to care for an immediate family member with a medical condition, to give birth and care for a newborn child, to adopt a child or to deal with a matter arising from a relative’s active military duty.
Failure to Pay Wages, Overtime, Commissions
Federal and state laws regulate payment of minimum wage, overtime and commissions. Right to pay can be complicated by unique employment relationships, such as independent contractors, tipped workers and commission-based positions. In addition, matters concerning deductions, holidays, meal periods and rest periods often arise.
Consult with Experienced Employment Litigation Lawyers
Consult with Schneider Wallace to resolve complex employment litigation matters. We are available in our Houston, San Francisco or Scottsdale offices and can appear, once admitted pro hac vice, in jurisdictions throughout the country before state and federal administrative agencies and courts.