Employment Lawyers

Experienced Employment Law Attorneys

Employees have the right to work in a safe environment, free from sexual harassment, race or gender discrimination and compliance issues. When those rights are violated in the workplace, it can be emotionally and financially devastating.

The experienced employment and labor dispute attorneys at Gingras, Thomsen & Wachs are prepared to fight for you to ensure that you are treated fairly and get the compensation you deserve if you have been involved in an illegal act in the workplace.

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Common Employment Law Cases

Employment cases in Wisconsin often involve:

  • Wrongful termination
  • Workplace disputes
  • Workplace sexual harassment
  • Workplace discrimination due to race, ethnicity, disability, age, sex, sexual-orientation or religion
  • Workplace compliance issues
  • Unlawful non-compete or severance agreements
  • Wage and hour claims
  • Workplace safety
  • Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act violations
"When I was sexually harassed at work, Gingras, Thomsen & Wachs helped me with my case, reassuring me through a confusing and difficult process. Later, when I was injured in an auto accident, they fought for me again. My lawyers were skilled and thoughtful – they helped me a lot."

Jennifer W.

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Common Questions About Employment Law Cases

Can I be fired without just cause?

Wisconsin is an at-will employment state, which means that an employer can fire an employee unless the reason falls under wrongful termination laws.
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What do I need to prove wrongful termination?

While most employment is "at will," which means an employee may be fired at any time and for any reason or for no reason at all, there are some important exceptions. You may be able to prove wrongful termination if you have experienced:

- Broken written promises, like contracts
- Broken implied promises, including length of employment, history of promotions and positive reviews, and verbal promises of employment
- Discrimination
- Breaches of good faith
- Violations of public policy, including denying time off for jury or military duty, withholding commissions or PTO pay
- Retaliation
- Fraud
- Defamation
- Whistle-blowing violations
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How do I prove I was discriminated against at work?

To bring a discrimination case, you must prove that the employment action (firing, reduced hours, skipped for promotions, etc.) was taken specifically because of your sex, race, national origin, religion or age.

You can prove this by demonstrating that:

1. You were treated differently than someone of a different sex, race, national origin, religion or age.
2. Someone who is very similar to you in position, rank, or job duties, and who is of a different sex, race, etc., was treated more favorable under similar circumstances.
3. That there was no legitimate, nondiscriminatory reason why the employer treated you differently.
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I was not paid for all the hours I worked. Do I have a case?

When an employer fails to pay an employee the applicable minimum wage or the agreed wage for all hours worked, the employee has a legal claim for damages against the employer. To recover the unpaid wages, you can either bring a lawsuit in court or file an administrative claim with Wisconsin's labor department.
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What if an individual employee was at fault, and my employer did not know about the harassment or abuse?

In Wisconsin, an employer is responsible for the actions of their employees, regardless of whether the acts were authorized or even forbidden by the employer and regardless of whether the employer knew or should have known of those acts.
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Am I required to work during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Generally, your employer may require you to come to work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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What if my employer fails to take COVID-19 safety precautions in the workplace?

While your employer may require you to come to work during the COVID-19 pandemic, you are entitled to a safe workplace. Your employer must take reasonable steps to protect employees and customers from COVID-19 transmission. If you have concerns, you have the right to speak up about them without fear of retaliation.
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How long do I have to file a claim after an employment law violation?

The statute of limitations is a time limit established by the laws of Wisconsin, and it determines how long you have to file a lawsuit. The statute of limitations varies depending on the details of the employment law violation, so we recommend you pursue your case immediately.
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Legal Options Following an Employment Law Violation

If you are the victim of a employment law violation and decide to take legal action, Gingras, Thomsen & Wachs will fight for compensation, which may include:

  • Pain, suffering, loss of enjoyment of life and interference with family relationships
  • Emotional distress
  • Lost wages, future earnings and earning capacity
  • Past, present and future medical bills

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