The Employment Discrimination Lawyers at Brown, LLC have Recovered Tens of Millions of Dollars for Employees Nationwide
We handle the following types of employment disputes – Please note almost all employee cases are taken on a contingency basis, meaning the firm is only paid if we win the case.
- Wage & Hour Violations
- Overtime Rights
- Misclassification Cases
- Sexual Harassment
- WARN Act Cases
- Whistleblower Cases
- False Claims Act Cases
- PPP Fraud – COVID FRAUD
- FFCRA – Families First Coronavirus Response Act
- Class Actions under Rule 23
- Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
- Collective Actions under 216(b)
The employment lawyers at Brown, LLC have litigated employment disputes in most jurisdictions all over the country. We fight for the rights of employees and have tried employment and labor cases to verdict in both state and federal courts. We have recovered millions of dollars for our clients and have settlements and judgments for the maximum relief possible, although no result is guaranteed.
Our employment attorneys handle lawsuits involving improper pay, shorting of pay, off the clock work, sexual harassment, whistleblower, WARN, and many other employment-based rights. We understand that if you’re still working in a bad environment, you may not be able to call during work hours, which is why we have a 24/7 hotline set up at 1 (877) 561-0000 to address your employment and labor questions. Call day or night or on the weekends, whenever it’s most convenient for you. You can also email us using our online form. Most of the time if we take a case, we are only paid if we succeed, so there is no money or expenses up front. The call is free and confidential.
Over the years, companies have tried all sorts of ways to short employees pay. Some common ways are making the employee perform unpaid pre-shift work, unpaid post-shift work, off the clock work, round down the time worked, not pay time and a half for overtime, misclassify the employee as salaried and not pay any overtime, improperly computing overtime as well as a host of other issues. Employers continue to short employees out of the proper wages they are due because most state statutes go back only a few years. Therefore, if they cheat employees out of their wages for longer than that, they feel like even if they are sued they’ve won. Did you know if you sue for a wage and hour violation you can possibly obtain double or triple damages depending on the state and have your attorney fees paid by the Defendant? Read more about Wage and Hour Violations.
Labor Violations happen when the company violates the Labor Code. It is distinguishable from regular employment issues, since there is an actual Code that must be followed, in contrast to what is known as common-law. The Labor Code is quite clear in some areas such as parts of the Fair Labor Standards Act, which dictate that time and half must be paid to non-exempt workers who work over 40 hours a week, but it may be confusing in other portions where it discusses exemptions from overtime and their application to workers. When in doubt, it is best to have a candid discussion with employment counsel about the fact pattern to determine if there is a labor violation and whether it’s actionable. The Federal Labor Laws may act alongside the State Labor Laws and sometimes they may aggregate damages for an infraction. For example, you may be entitled to your actual wages paid back, double damages for the FLSA, and another multiplier for the state portion. So if you’re owed $1,000 of wages, it may become $2,000 with the FLSA double damages provision and then another $1,000 under the state law for a total of $3,000 plus your attorney fees and costs paid by the employer!
Workplace Discrimination – Sexual Harassment
In recent years, individuals who have been sexually harassed have been much more articulate in coming forward and blowing open lawyers of toxic conduct from certain individuals and employers. Whether it’s the casting couch with Harvey Weinstein, sex with a supervisor, or marginalization of an individual because of their gender, our firm files certain high profile sexual harassment litigation, and some sex harassment cases we are able to covertly and discreetly resolve before we have to commence an action. We only litigate sexual harassment cases on a contingency basis, so we’re only paid if we win the matter for you, and consequently we’re highly selective about what we will handle.
There are many types of sexual harassment, such as Quid Pro Quo, where an employer conditions employment based on sexual favors. Other types of sexual harassment involve a hostile work place where there is a sexually charged atmosphere created that is inappropriate for work but may feel like Tinder. Many individuals feel trapped and succumb to the harassment because they need their employment and are afraid of losing their jobs. We offer free, confidential sexual harassment consultations about your rights and options if you believe you are suffering from sexual harassment.
Workplace Discrimination – General
It is unlawful for an employer to discriminate based on race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, pregnancy, as well as some other categories. It is surprising, but an employer may lawfully “discriminate” based on non-protected reasons, and fire someone just for not liking them. We are interested in hearing from you if you believe you’ve been discriminated against at work and have strong proof or corroboration. Cases in which groups of individuals are paid less based on a characteristic may trigger certain litigation as well, such as rights under the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Some discrimination cases require the filing of a charge with the EEOC, which is extremely time sensitive. You should speak with an employment attorney right away if you think you’ve been wronged. Our firm is highly selective in taking discrimination cases. We rarely take discrimination cases where someone has a tight deadline to file the matter or has left their prior attorney. Our staff will vet your case to see if there is also a labor violation such as an FLSA case for overtime pay, or a viable whistleblower matter under the False Claims Act (FCA). We generally only litigate discrimination cases with “smoking guns” and try to obtain top value for the case, so when discussing the matter with our employment intake staff try to explain in detail what corroboration you have.
The Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”)
The Family Medical Leave Act allows employees up to 12 weeks of leave in a 12-month period based on medical or family reasons. Some employers target employees who try to use their FMLA leave or abruptly terminate them. The ACT was put in place to protect the worker and if you have used or tried to use FMLA and your employer has retaliated against you or terminated you, we can discuss your rights with you free of charge and determine if it’s actionable.
The WARN Act protects groups of workers from abrupt layoffs. If the employer knows in advance that they are going to lay off a large quantity of workers, then the employees have rights to know as well so they can prepare for their future. If you were laid off in a mass firing and are confused by the statutes associated with federal and state WARN Acts, you are not alone. Your best strategy is to consult with an attorney at Brown, LLC and discover your rights. You may think that since the employer is out of business that nothing that can be done, but we will examine every avenue of recovery for you.
Under the False Claims ACT, SEC, IRS, CFTC
We Protect Whistleblowers Nationwide
Brown, LLC has a whistleblower team who advocate for employees who have been illegally retaliated against for reporting misconduct in the workplace, including discrimination and financial wrongdoing. The head of the firm is a former FBI Agent who understands how important it is to be discreet about these sensitive matters. Sometimes the identity of the whistleblower can be protected for some time before it is made known. In some cases, like with an SEC whistleblower, it may be possible to keep the identity of the whistleblower confidential from start to finish. A serious, but all too common fact pattern, is when the employer is committing a fraud against the government such as Medicare Fraud or Medicaid Fraud by overbilling, billing for services it didn’t perform, filling in false information for payments, etc. If you have a whistleblower case you may lose your right to bring a case if you are too public with your concerns and further, some internal whistleblower hotlines may get you fired! There are some tricky statutes out there, so speaking with whistleblower counsel about how to proceed and educating your rights under the False Claims Act and various other whistleblower statutes is critical.
Brown, LLC focuses on bringing employment based class actions for wage and hour violations such as wage theft or shorting of pay against employers. When employers violate employment laws, they often do so against groups of similar employees at once. In those situations, class actions allow employees to vindicate their rights as a group, which is more efficient economically and creates strength in numbers.
Class actions can be based on wage theft, improper pay practices, unpaid overtime, or a variety of other actions that affect a pool of individuals who can collectively marshal their resources through Class Counsel and more effectively address the issue with the employer.
Brown LLC has attorneys that have been appointed Class Counsel in class actions resulting in millions of dollars of economic recovery for our clients. The litigation may seem complex, but we can simplify the process for you, explain your rights in a collective setting and try to maximize your recovery.