Counseling Employees About Workplace Issues
Employment lawyers are best known for representing employees who have discrimination, retaliation, and other similar claims. But that’s not all we do. Rather, a substantial portion of our work is to help employees handle workplace problems before they develop into legal disputes. For example, we:
- Assist clients who are negotiating employment contracts;
- Provide advice to workers who are experiencing workplace harassment;
- Help employees dealing with difficult bosses;
- Evaluate non-compete agreements, both before and after they have been signed; and
- Provide individuals with guidance to deal with unfair, but not necessarily illegal, treatment by their supervisors
Often, having an employment lawyer negotiate your employment contract directly with your employer is not in your best interests. Whether you are about to start a job with a new company, or have just been promoted, it might not be a good idea for your employer to know you have hired a lawyer. However, that does not mean you should not receive the best legal advice.
Our firm often provides our clients advice about how to negotiate. For example, we coach clients on the right approach and tone to use during contract negotiations, help them determine what they should request during the negotiations, and identify legal issues and other problems in the agreements proposed by their employers. Of course, when appropriate we also can directly negotiate with your employer.
We are experienced at providing behind-the-scenes advice not just about employment contracts, but also severance agreements, as well as with restrictive covenants such as non-compete agreements and non-solicitation provisions.Guidance During Workplace Investigations
Our attorneys also assist employees during workplace investigations. For instance, we advise individuals who plan to file internal complaints about harassment and other violations of law or company policy. We also can help you decide whether it is in your best interests to make your complaint in the first place, and discuss the most effective way to maximize the likelihood your employer will give your concerns the attention they deserve. Similarly, we can help you take steps to minimize the chances that you will experience retaliation because you voiced your objection.
Alternatively, if you have been accused of harassment or another form of misconduct at your job, we can help you prepare to be interviewed, and give you guidance on the best way to participate in the investigation. In some instances, we might even be able to attend your interview with you to make sure you are treated fairly and in accordance with any applicable company policies and legal requirements.Handling Difficult and Unfair Bosses
While anti-harassment laws provide legal protection against bosses who harass their employees based on a legally-protected category, in New Jersey or New York there is not necessarily any legal protection against workplace bullies. Likewise, while favoritism, nepotism and cronyism do not necessarily violate the law, they are unfair and can damage your career.
At Rabner Baumgart Ben-Asher & Nirenberg, P.C., another way we help employees handle workplace problems is to use our knowledge and experience to figure out the best strategy to deal with a difficult boss or coworker and to try to minimize the harm that they can cause.Contact a New Jersey Employment Lawyer
If you need help dealing with a difficult issue or problem at work in New Jersey or New York, we welcome you to contact us online, or to call us at (973) 744-4000 to schedule a consultation.