Frequently Asked Questions About Employee Rights

At Hollingshead & Dudley in St. Louis and Kansas City, we are here to help you understand and assert your rights as a Missouri employee. Following are a few common questions and answers:

I was fired for telling my boss about a workplace injury I suffered. Do I have a wrongful termination case, even if I didn't actually file a workers' comp claim?

Yes, you likely have a valid case for wrongful termination, and you can potentially receive compensation for your company's wrongdoing. The law protects you from retaliation of any kind if you report a job-related injury or illness — regardless of whether you actually filed a workers' compensation claim or not. Learn more about this topic on our Workers' Compensation Retaliation page.

I am a salaried employee and regularly work 50 hours a week. Is it true that I don't have a right to overtime pay?

It's true that certain salaried employees are exempt from overtime pay. However, it's also true that many employees are wrongly classified and don't actually meet the legal requirements for salaried positions. If your job title is "assistant manager," for instance, but you don't help manage anything at all, you may be misclassified. You may actually deserve overtime pay. Learn more about this topic on our Wage & Hour Disputes page.

In a job interview, the recruiter asked if I was planning to have children soon. When I said yes, he frowned and quickly ended the interview. Is that legal?

Prospective employers are not allowed to discriminate between job applicants based on protected characteristics, such as their gender or their pregnancy status. If a company refused to hire you simply because it didn't want to pay for future maternity leave, you have a case. Learn more about this topic on our Sexual Harassment & Gender Discrimination page.

If I come in for a consultation, will my employer hear about it? I don't want my company to know until I decide what to do.

At Hollingshead & Dudley, we work hard to maintain confidentiality. You can count on us to be extremely discreet. We won't inform your employer that you contacted us unless you decide to move forward with an employment law claim, or based upon our advice, you decide to inform the company of the unlawful conduct in an effort to end the conduct or to comply with the law.

We will not make that decision for you. Instead, we will provide you with advice on the best course of action to preserve your right to pursue legal action (should it be necessary), and you will ultimately make the decision on how to proceed.

How much does it cost to hire an employment law attorney?

First, the contact us today is absolutely free, so you don't have to worry about paying anything at all to learn about your rights and options. Second, we handle discrimination and wrongful termination cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that we don't collect a fee until we obtain compensation for you. Essentially, if we don't win or settle your case, we don't get paid. You have nothing to lose.

If you have an unemployment hearing and would like one of our attorneys to assist you, your attorney will discuss compensation at that time. However, like all cases at our firm, your contact us today is free, so why not take advantage of it?

To schedule your contact us today, call our lawyers at 314-474-7798 or contact us online.

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