Wilkes-Barre Employment Lawyers
For more than 40 years, the Wilkes-Barre employment lawyers at Sidney L. Gold & Associates, P.C. have dedicated their careers to protecting workers’ rights. We have successfully brought many types of claims to settlement for our clients, including the following:
- Age discrimination
- Disability discrimination and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) violations
- Employment discrimination
- LGBTQ discrimination and sex orientation/gender identity discrimination
- Pregnancy discrimination
- Severance agreements
- Sexual harassment
- Whistleblower claims and retaliation in the workplace
- Wrongful termination
Our law firm is exclusively focused on representing workers and employers in employment-related litigation in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. We are highly experienced in bringing claims under federal civil rights laws as well as federal and state anti-discrimination laws.
Employment discrimination occurs when workers are treated differently or less fairly than other workers for reasons that have nothing to do with their abilities to do their jobs. Federal law makes it illegal to treat workers unfairly because of race, religion, national origin, age, disability, or sex, including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity. These categories are sometimes referred to as protected classes. It is illegal to discriminate against a protected class of workers in all phases of the employment process. It is also illegal for managers or co-workers to harass a worker based on their protected class.
Employers are also barred from retaliating against employees who complain about job discrimination. Our Wilkes-Barre employment attorneys have represented many employees who experienced the demeaning consequences of workplace discrimination. We have successfully recovered damages on behalf of employees and held their employers accountable for their illegal actions.
Employers in Pennsylvania and New Jersey can terminate employees for many reasons; this is called at-will employment. However, employers may not violate any written employment contracts when terminating employees, nor may employees be wrongfully terminated solely based on discrimination, the result of retaliation, or the employee’s refusal to perform an illegal or harmful act. We advocate for the rights of workers who believe they have been wrongfully terminated. We are experienced at assessing the validity of wrongful termination claims and will vigorously pursue settlements to cover back wages, as well as punitive and compensatory damages.
Employees who are being fired or laid off are often asked to sign a severance agreement. It is perfectly legal for employers to do this. However, under some conditions, workers have the right to ask a lawyer to review the agreement before signing. Unfortunately, too many workers are quick to sign severance agreements that offer severance pay. Severance agreements are legally binding contracts that may require employees to give up important rights. If signing a severance agreement requires waiving rights that are protected under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, employees have 21 days to consult an attorney. Our Wilkes-Barre employment lawyers can review your severance agreement for opportunities to strengthen it in your favor.
Wilkes-Barre Employment Lawyers at Sidney L. Gold & Associates, P.C. Defend Workers’ Rights
Workers in Pennsylvania and New Jersey have the right to make a living without being subjected to harassment, retaliation, or illegal practices. If you have been fired, demoted, or treated unfairly by your employer, contact a Wilkes-Barre employment lawyer at Sidney L. Gold & Associates, P.C. today. We will stand up for your rights. Call us at 215-569-1999 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation today. Located in Philadelphia and Pennsauken, New Jersey, we serve clients throughout Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, northeast Philadelphia, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County, and South Jersey.