Our Jupiter, FL Firm Resolves Disputes through Employment Law Litigation
Giving Florida employees access to the judicial process since 1984
Workers often feel powerless when facing disputes with their employers — even sometimes willing to put up with dreadful and unfair conditions to keep their jobs. Pfeffer & Associates empowers workers to take action. Our founding attorney has been litigating employment law claims since 1984, and we continue to demand justice in the Florida workplace.
Defending your employment-related rights in court
Despite the progress made under legislation, discrimination and other issues remain a problem in the Florida workplace. At Pfeffer & Associates, our team can help you resolve issues involving:
Before you sue your employer over a dispute in the West Palm Beach area
Most businesses have a grievance process by which employees can file complaints and request resolution of matters that affect their ability to perform their jobs or create negative working conditions. In many circumstances, this is an important first step in promptly correcting problems in your workplace in the least contentious manner possible.
Following the formal proceedings dictated by your company is also often necessary before suing your employer in civil court or filing a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Your company’s grievance process is likely outlined in your employee handbook. If you are unsure of what to do, our attorney can help you take the appropriate actions.
When litigation is necessary and what steps you should take
Litigation may become necessary if your employer fails to respond to your complaint or takes inadequate measures to fix the problem. Especially in a small company, the owner may be the person who is harassing you or discriminating against you, making any grievance procedures ineffective, and litigation necessary. Also, some contract disputes may occur after you have left the company — for example, issues involving noncompete or nondisclosure agreements. If you have been wrongfully fired, litigation may be the only means of recovering monetary damages and obtaining reinstatement to your old job.
Resolving employment disputes through mediation or arbitration
If appropriate in your case, our employment litigation lawyer may first attempt to resolve your employment disputes through mediation. The mediation process typically reduces expenses and produces results more quickly than going to trial does. Mediation can also help you preserve a cordial relationship if you plan on continuing to work for the company or on dealing with the people involved in the dispute.
Our attorney may also suggest arbitration as an effective method for resolving your dispute. Arbitration is similar to a trial, but an arbitrator — rather than a judge — makes the decisions and issues an order that is binding on you and your employer. During arbitration, we have the opportunity to submit evidence and argue our case as we would at trial. Lower costs and less time are the main advantages to arbitration.