Your employee rights should always be a priority; knowing when to seek legal help from an employment lawyer is crucial.

As a working Canadian, there are laws in place to protect you and your rights as an employee. Exercising your rights can be intimidating, and many people aren’t even entirely sure of which rights they have. When you experience a workplace dispute or any other issue with your employment, you may need legal assistance from an employment lawyer. Knowing when to ask for help is crucial; a lawyer specializing in employment law can explain your rights and inform you of your options.

It may be time to contact an employment lawyer when:

You experience discrimination or harassment during a job interview process or in the workplace.

You have a right to equal treatment regardless of your sexual orientation, age, gender identity, sex, religion, marital status, or disability. Contacting an employment lawyer to explore your legal options is entirely reasonable when you encounter discrimination in the workplace or during an interview process.

Your employer wrongfully dismisses you or if you have concerns regarding your severance package.

An employer can not terminate you without cause; otherwise, it could be a wrongful dismissal. In some situations, employers may offer severance packages (a bundle of pay and benefits) in exchange for involuntary or voluntary termination. It’s always wise to contact an employment lawyer if your employer has wrongfully dismissed you or review your severance package before you sign to ensure you’re getting the compensation you deserve.

To discuss your employment contract.

Your employment contract is one of the most important documents you’ll sign; it’s an overview of every detail that pertains to your duties, responsibilities, compensation, and more. Understanding your employment contract is crucial. You can consult with an employment lawyer if you have questions or concerns about your employment contract, to have your contract evaluated before signing it, or if your employer breaks your contract.

You need to negotiate with your employer.

When it comes to resolving disputes and issues in the workplace, resolutions can often come from a successful negotiation. Employment lawyers are professional negotiators; they will help you secure the best deal, compensation, and terms that benefit you.

Your employer breaks the law.

As an employee, you have specific responsibilities and laws that you must adhere to – this is no different for employers. If your employer goes against any employment law standards or participates in unfair treatment of their employees, it could be time to contact an employment lawyer.

You have any questions regarding employment laws.

You spend a lot of time at your job, and it’s a massive part of your life. Knowing and understanding your rights and responsibilities will help you feel confident when approaching issues and concerns with your employer. The best person to ask questions about employment law is a professional; employment lawyers are the most qualified, experienced, and unbiased individuals to ask. Don’t be afraid to reach out; we’re here to help you in every way we can.

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Daniel Badre Founder, Partner
Daniel Badre is a distinguished personal injury lawyer based in Ottawa, renowned for his unwavering commitment to justice and advocacy for those who have suffered from accidents or negligence. With a legal career spanning over two decades, Badre has established himself as a compassionate and tenacious advocate for his clients.
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