James S. Brewer Attorney at Law

Protecting Employees

I represent people in a wide ranfe of occupations, including police officers, firefighters, teachers, nurses, office workers, and blue-collar workers for claims of:

  • Employment discrimination on the basis of race, sex, age, or other protected classes
  • Sexual harassment by a supervisor or co-worker
  • Hostile work environment from harassment or bullying
  • Disability discrimination and failure to accommodate
  • Whistleblower retaliation for reporting illegal behavior
  • Wrongful termination and constructive discharge
  • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) violations
  • First Amendment retaliation
  • Other retaliation or abuses

Harassment And Discrimination Takes Many Forms

Many people hesitate to speak up or take legal action because they are not sure the behavior is illegal. If the conduct creates a hostile work environment or threatens your employment status, it crosses the line. Employment discrimination can refer to differential treatment in hiring, job assignments, pay, promotions, and disciplinary action. It can also refer to:

  • Sexual harassment: unwanted touching, sexual advances, lewd comments, and other sexualized behavior
  • Quid pro quo harassment: demands for sex in exchange for special perks or keeping your job
  • Stalking and cyberstalking: following you or contacting you in an unwelcome manner outside of work
  • Personal harassment: physical harassment and other forms of bullying
  • Cyberbullying: anonymous harassment via email or social media
  • Discriminatory harassment: singling you out because of your race, ethnicity, religion, age, gender, or sexual orientation
  • Third-party harassment: sexual harassment or other abuse by a customer, vendor, or supplier
  • First amendment retaliation: mistreatment because of your beliefs or protected free speech
  • Pregnancy discrimination: harassment for getting pregnant, taking leave, or going to doctor appointments
  • Whistleblower retaliation: demotion, transfer, harassment, or termination for reporting fraud or illegal acts
  • Family and medical leave act (FMLA) retaliation: backlash for taking time off to care for a family member or your own health crisis
  • Disability discrimination: refusing to make reasonable accommodations for a physical or mental impairment
  • Retaliation for filing claims: reprisal for reporting harassment or filing for workers' compensation