August 25, 2019

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Statutes of Limitations

If you feel you’ve been wronged by an employer or potential employer, it is important to file a claim your employment law claim as soon as possible. Although there are several local, state, and federal laws designed to protect people from illegal employment discrimination and other types of employment law violations, there is a limit on the amount of time you have to bring a charge against the company who wronged you. These statutes of limitations are different for every type of violation and may be based on where you live.

Categorizing Your Claim

Your lawyer will need you to answer a variety of questions so a case can be constructed with details like when and where the violation occurred, what legal rights were violated, who caused the harm, and what harm resulted. Some employment law claims involve multiple legal violations: For instance a victim of wrongful termination may have been fired for reporting sexual harassment against a supervisor. Here sexual harassment and wrongful termination laws may apply.

Most employment law advisors handle a diverse amount of employment law types and can provide valuable legal guidance on any number of topics, including statutes of limitations.

Timing Your Claim Just Right

The length of time you have to bring an employment law claim will depend on the laws applicable to your situation and when the violation actually occurred. Since the language is different on every law, it is important that you get this information from an employment law firm as soon as you can. Violations involving government employers often have a different statute of limitations than private employers, for instance. If you miss the window of opportunity, you may lose the right to bring a claim at all.

Keep in mind that filing the claim is just the first step in what may be a lengthy process. Your attorney can work to get all the necessary paperwork submitted in a timely manner and navigate the bureaucracy to help you secure a settlement sooner rather than later.

If you or a member of your family needs legal advice on employment law and the statutes of limitations that apply, please click here to find an employment law attorney in your area.