Employment Law


Wrongful termination occurs when an employee is terminated for an unlawful reason. Unlawful reasons can include discrimination (see employment discrimination), breach of contract, whistleblower claims, Family Medical Leave Act claims, or violations of public policy.


If you are injured on the job, you may have the option of filing a workers’ compensation claim. A workers’ compensation claim is a form of insurance that provides wage replacement and medical benefits in exchange for waiving the right to sue the employer for negligence. Our attorneys determine a client’s eligibility and provide the strengths and weaknesses of your claim at no cost to the client.


Whether you are a federal employee or a private contractor, being denied a federal security clearance can cost you your job or adversely alter your career path. The security clearance process can be quite burdensome depending on the agency and the level of clearance you are seeking. Our attorneys recommend an initial consult before you begin the process in order to prepare you for the process ahead of time. If the clearance level you are seeking requires a polygraph examination, we strongly advise preparing for the polygraph with our attorneys, which may save you significant time and money in a very ambiguous appeals process. If your clearance has been denied, our experienced attorneys can navigate the administrative hurdles of the process. We will develop an extensive written and oral appeal that will thoroughly cover the mitigating factors. In addition, our attorneys can develop a plan of action to rehabilitate your candidacy though counseling, training and other avenues.


Under federal law, employment discrimination occurs when an employer takes an adverse action against an employee due to the employee’s race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, or disability. An adverse action can take many forms, including termination, failure to hire, failure to promote, demotion and even disciplinary actions. Unlike other lawsuits, a victim of discrimination must fulfill a host of administrative requirements in order to bring a successful charge of discrimination against an employer–the first of which is filing a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission within 180 or 300 days of the discrimination, depending on state law. To find your local EEOC office, visit http://eeoc.gov/field/index.cfm

If you believe that you have been the victim of employment discrimination, contact Gowen Rhoades Winograd & Silva, PLLC for a free phone consultation. Our attorneys will vigorously defend your rights and pursue your case.

For more information on employment discrimination visit: http://eeoc.gov/employees/howtofile.cfm