New Hampshire Employment Law Lawyers
NH Employment Law — Everyone wants to work at the perfect job, involving recognition for a job well done, a healthy and productive work environment with coworkers, and a professional and understanding boss. Unfortunately, because some workplaces don’t live up to our expectations, our NH employment law attorneys will aggressively represent you.
It seems unfair if you work hard and play by the rules but your employer does not do the same. There are many reasons why you may need to involve a New Hampshire employment law lawyer such as wrongful termination, harassment, or race, gender or age discrimination. Your rights are protected under state and federal law.
NH Employment Law Lawyers
Most clients who are facing an employment law matter are anxious because not knowing the outcome can be highly stressful. Depending on the outcome, it can impact your career, reputation and family.
Employers can afford to have teams of people working for them to challenge your claim. Don’t be at the mercy of your employer.
New Hampshire Employment Law Attorneys
You want someone with experience and a proven record of success in NH employment law. We think you deserve that and more. You need a law firm to send a clear message to your employer. Our lawyers include a former State Supreme Court and Superior Court judge. He actually wrote the New Hampshire Evidence Manual which is used by judges and lawyers across New Hampshire regarding evidence in court cases.
Once our employment law attorneys are involved, we’ll take immediate action. We’re here to understand the facts and develop solutions that are best for you. This involves interviewing witnesses, consulting experts or preserving other helpful evidence. We’re here to bring an end to your employment problem so you can get on with your life.
Q:What Is Workplace Harassment?
A:Unlawful harassment is a form of discrimination that violates state and federal laws. Unwelcome verbal or physical conduct based on race, color, religion, sex (whether or not of a sexual nature and including same-gender harassment and gender identity harassment), national origin, age (40 and over), disability (mental or physical), sexual orientation, or retaliation) constitutes harassment when: 1. The conduct is sufficiently severe or pervasive to create a hostile work environment; or 2. A supervisor’s harassing conduct results in a tangible change in an employee’s employment status or benefits (for example, demotion, termination, failure to promote, etc.).
Q:What Is A Hostile Work Environment?
A:This occurs when unwelcome comments or conduct based on sex, race or other legally protected characteristics unreasonably interferes with an employee’s work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment. Anyone in the workplace might commit this type of harassment — a management official, co-worker, or non-employee, such as a contractor, vendor or guest. The victim can be anyone affected by the conduct, not just the individual at whom the offensive conduct is directed.
Q:What is a Tangible Employment Action?
A:Harassment that results in a tangible employment action occurs when a management official’s harassing conduct results in some significant change in an employee’s employment status (e.g., hiring, firing, promotion, failure to promote, demotion, formal discipline, such as suspension, undesirable reassignment, or a significant change in benefits, a compensation decision, or a work assignment). Only individuals with supervisory or managerial responsibility can commit this type of harassment.
Q:Do I Need To Hire An Employment Lawyer?
A:Yes. Employers and their insurance companies have experienced lawyers on their side. Because of the different laws protecting employees’ rights, it is important to have an experienced employment lawyer represent you. Having a skilled and experienced lawyer representing you will level the playing field against your former employer. Many victims of illegal employment make the mistake of not consulting with an experienced employment lawyer. An employment lawyer can explain to you your rights, whether you have an employment case and, if so, what damages you may be entitled to receive under the law. Our guide, How to Choose an Employment Lawyer, provides answers to questions you may have about hiring the right lawyer for your employment law case.
Q:What Protections Do I Have if I File a Discrimination Charge?
A:It is unlawful to retaliate against an individual for opposing employment practices that discriminate for filing a discrimination charge, testifying, or participating in any way an investigation, proceeding or litigation for unlawful discrimination.
Q:Do I Have a Claim for Harassment?
A:A claim of harassment generally requires several elements, including: 1. The complaining party must be a member of a statutorily protected class; 2. S/he was subjected to unwelcome verbal or physical conduct related to his or her membership in that protected class; 3. The unwelcome conduct complained of was based on his or her membership in that protected class; 4. The unwelcome conduct affected a term or condition of employment and/or had the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with his or her work performance and/or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment.
Q:How Do I File a Charge of Discrimination?
A:Our Guide to Filing a Charge of Employment Discrimination will provide you some answers to starting the process of protecting your rights.
Q:What is Considered Not Harassment?
A:The anti-discrimination statute are not a general civility code. Thus, state and federal law does not prohibit simple teasing, offhand comments, or isolated incidents that are not extremely serious. Rather, the conduct must be so objectively offensive as to alter the conditions of the individual’s employment. The conditions of employment are altered only if the harassment culminates in a tangible employment action or is sufficiently severe or pervasive to create a hostile work environment.
Q:Why Should I Choose Douglas, Leonard & Garvey As My Employment Lawyer?
A:Employers and their insurance companies have experienced lawyers on their side. With our employment lawyers on your side, we level the playing field. While some employment cases settle without filing a lawsuit, you need a skilled and aggressive employment lawyer so you get fair compensation. Douglas, Leonard & Garvey has the reputation and experience of being a trial law firm. What makes our law firm different is that employers and insurance companies know that we will take a case to trial if they do not offer fair compensation. If you have an inexperienced lawyer that isn’t used to going to court, you won’t have that leverage on your side. It is that leverage or the threat of taking a case to trial that gives you an advantage in your case. The attorneys at Douglas, Leonard & Garvey have years of trial experience in handling employment cases. Choosing the right lawyer may mean the difference between success and failure.
Q:What Is The New Hampshire Commission for Human Rights?
A:This is the state agency established by New Hampshire law for the purpose of eliminating discrimination in employment, as well as other settings, because of age, sex, sexual orientation, race, creed, color, marital status, familial status, physical or mental disability or national origin. The Human Rights Commission receives complaints of discrimination and investigates illegal discrimination
Q:What Are The Categories Of Illegal Discrimination In Employment?
A:A person may be subject to unlawful discrimination on the basis of age, sex, race, creed (religion) color, marital status, physical or mental disability, national origin or sexual orientation.
Q:What Is The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission?
A:The EEOC is the federal agency that handles employment discrimination claims.
Q:Does My Employer Have To Give Me A Reason For Firing Me?
A:Under New Hampshire law, an employer does not have to give a reason for terminating an employee.
Q:What is At-Will Employment?
A:Under New Hampshire law, most employees are considered “at-will” employees. An at-will employee can be terminated for any reason or no reason as long as the termination is not based on an illegal or discriminatory reason.Please go to our Wrongful Termination page for more information.
Q:How Will My Discrimination Lawyer Get Paid?
A:Like most employment law cases, National Origin discrimination cases are typically handled on a contingency fee arrangement. This means that an attorney does not get paid until you recover damages in your case.