Alabama Employment Law Attorneys

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Standing Up For Alabama Workers Since 2006

Winston Cooks, LLC, in Birmingham, Alabama, is an assertive advocate for employees who have been subjected to a wide variety of discrimination or unlawful treatment. We represent a broad cross-section of workers from all types of industries.

Our attorneys handle all types of employment law cases on behalf of employees, including:

  • Sexual harassment — You may have an actionable case if you have been subjected to unwelcome conduct by a supervisor or peer who creates a hostile environment based on your sex. The conduct must be severe and pervasive enough to alter the terms and conditions of your employment.
  • Discrimination — Federal law prohibits discrimination against employees, former employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their race, color, sex, national origin or religion.
  • Disability discrimination — The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination against "qualified individuals with disabilities," and requires public and private employers to make reasonable accommodations to job applicants and employees with disabilities.
  • Wage and hour disputes — These lawsuits include unpaid overtime and off-the-clock work, as well as misclassification of employees.
  • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) — This federal employment law provides employees who meet eligibility requirements up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave from their jobs annually due to their own serious health condition, a family member's health condition or for the birth of a newborn or adopted child.
  • Noncompete and separation agreements — Employers often exceed their legal rights when requiring employees to sign noncompete contracts or separation agreements.
  • Whistleblower claims — A number of federal and state laws protect individuals who report violations by their employer regarding federal tax laws, safety regulations or other illegal activity.
  • Background checks — Increased security measures by companies during the hiring process may include illegal investigation of job candidates' credit history or criminal records. Background checks are being used to deny qualified persons employment. A background check that does not concern your knowledge, skills and abilities should not be used to deny you employment. If you have been denied a job because of a background check, please contact us to review the circumstances.
  • Education fraud — Students attending for-profit colleges may have been recruited by misleading information regarding tuition, teacher qualifications, graduation rates, job placement and other false marketing. For profit colleges saddle students with high debt and little prospects for employment at wages which justify the high expense. If you have given your social security number to a for profit college and encountered misrepresentations in either the cost, quality of education or promises regarding employment, please contact us to review the circumstances.

It Costs Nothing To Have Your Case Evaluated

If you are a victim of wrongdoing on the part of an employer, we are ready to review the facts of your case at no cost and provide a candid assessment. If you have an actionable case, we may be able to pursue compensatory damages such as back pay, tips, merit increases, vacation pay, pension and retirement benefits, bonus pay and profit sharing. Depending upon the facts of your case, we also may be able to recover punitive damages and attorney's fees from the defendant.

Contact us to schedule a free consultation.