At Entente Law we represent employees seeking to enforce employment rights. Although we specialize in class actions related to wage violations across industries, we thoroughly consider individual cases arising from an employment relationship including sexual harassment, discrimination, and wrongful termination. If you think you've been wronged by your employer, we are standing by to consult for free.
We fight for employees who face discrimination at work. Washington state laws protect employees from discrimination on the basis of creed, color, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, HIV infection, use of a trained guide or service dog, and military status, as well as retaliation for opposing discriminatory practices. If you believed you've faced discrimination request a free consult with our attorneys.
Hostile Work Environment
Harassment at work can create a hostile work environment that is illegal under state and federal laws. Illegal harassment is conduct that is, 1) unwelcome; 2) based on race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), or disability; 3) the conduct becomes a condition of continued employment, or the conduct is so severe or pervasive that it creates a work environment that a reasonable person would consider intimidating, hostile, or abusive.Anti-discrimination laws also prohibit retaliation and harassment against individuals who file a discrimination charge, testifying, or participating in any way in an investigation, proceeding, or lawsuit under these laws; or individuals who oppose employment practices that they reasonably believe is discrimination, in violation of these laws.Isolated incidents, minor insults, and annoyances will typically not rise to the level of unlawful hostile work environment. To be unlawful, the conduct must create a work environment that would be intimidating, hostile, or offensive to a reasonable person. If you believe you've experienced a hostile work environment, request a free consult with our attorneys.
Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
It is unlawful to harass a person because of that person’s sex. It is also unlawful to harass a person based on gender identity and sexual orientation. Sexual harassment is unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature.Harassment does not have to be of a sexual nature, however, and can include offensive remarks about a person’s sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation. For example, it is illegal to harass a woman by making offensive comments about women in general. Both the victim and the harasser can be any gender and/or sex. Although the law doesn’t prohibit simple teasing or isolated incidents that are not very serious, harassment is illegal when it is so frequent or severe that it creates a hostile or offensive work environment or when it results in an adverse employment action like a demotion or termination. The harasser can be the victim's supervisor, a supervisor in another area, a co-worker, or someone who is not an employee of the employer, such as a client or customer.At Entente Law our attorneys are skilled at investigating and litigating cases for employees who have been subjected to sexual harassment. If you have experienced sexual harassment, reach out to us. We are ready to listen and help.
Wage & Hour Violations
Wage and hour violations occur when employers fail to pay proper wages to their workers. Often times this take the form of improper overtime calculations; failure to provide meal and rest breaks; or failure to properly pay for drive time. When employers pocket wages meant for their employers through wage and hour violations can add up. We specialize in wage and hour violations. If you are experiencing wage theft, contact our office for a free consultation.
Wrongful Termination & Retaliation
Washington is an at-will state, but employers may not terminate employees in violation of a clear public policy. If you have been terminated for an unlawful reason, request a free consult with our office.
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