At Gibbons Leis, PLLC we focus on a variety of practice areas involving employee rights. If you are owed overtime pay, minimum wages, or other compensation; you have been a victim of discrimination, retaliation, or harassment; or you have a Family and Medical Leave Act issue, we can help. We also take Social Security and long-term disability claims.

Overtime & Unpaid Wages

If you work more than 40 hours in a week and you are a non-exempt employee in North Carolina, you should be receiving overtime pay. Employers get out of paying these bonus wages in a variety of ways, including shorting paychecks, not tracking hours, misclassifying workers, and more. If your employer has been cheating you out of overtime pay, meet with our employment attorneys to discuss your options.

You have worked hard for your money, and your commitment to your employer should be compensated. You may be owed not only back wages but additional damages and attorney’s fees. Learn about the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and how it applies to you when you talk to our attorneys in Charlotte. We will help you protect your right to fair wages. Fill out our contact form to get started today.

Employment Discrimination

Sometimes, you don’t get the job or the promotion because someone else is more qualified than you. Other times, however, you are denied an employment opportunity because of your age, disability, race, gender, or religious affiliation. If this is the case, you can take action to not only get the job you deserve but to hold the employer liable for breaking the law.

At Gibbons Leis, PLLC, our attorneys will fight to protect your right to fair treatment under both state and federal law. If you have been discriminated against, harassed, mistreated, or retaliated against at work, reach out to us to discuss your options. We understand the law and our team is committed to fighting for you when you have been treated unfairly by an employer in North Carolina.

Breach of Contract

North Carolina employers regularly require employees to sign employment contracts that include restrictive covenants.  Restrictive covenants include non-competition agreements, confidentiality clauses, and non-solicitation requirements.  When employers terminate employees, they sometimes offer severance packages.  Severance agreements almost always are written to protect employers.  These agreements include releases and provisions that impact important legal rights.

The employment contract attorneys at Gibbons Leis, PLLC, have many years of experience representing both employers and employees with employment contract issues.  We are very familiar with all of the different types of provisions employers include in employment contracts. Contact our Charlotte firm if you have any questions about an employment agreement your employer has asked you to sign. We will review your contract and help you make an informed decision regarding whether to accept, negotiate or challenge the employment agreement at issue

Long-Term Disability

When you have long-term disability insurance, you assume the coverage will be there for you when you are seriously injured or become ill and are unable to work. Unfortunately, your insurer—like all insurance companies—is out to make a profit, and paying out on every claim hurts their bottom line. As a result, your perfectly legitimate claim may be denied.

If this happens to you, the first thing you should do is contact a long-term disability insurance attorney. The insurance company has many tricks up their sleeve, and you need to level the playing field with an attorney who can anticipate their strategies. At Gibbons Leis, PLLC, our attorneys will gather the evidence needed to help the success of your appeal. Call us as soon as possible after a long-term disability denial for a free telephone case evaluation.

Social Security Disability

For all the years you have worked and had OASDI deductions taken from your paycheck, you rightfully expect that when you become disabled, you should get the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits to which you are entitled. However, the application process is complicated, and many people are denied the first time they apply. They then find themselves trying to figure out the appeals process. No matter where you are in this process, speak with our attorneys to learn how we can help.

When you are struggling to cope with a serious diagnosis and mounting bills, the last thing you need on your plate is the frustration of applying for Social Security disability, waiting months for a decision, and then doing it all over again when you are denied. During this difficult time, you need to be able to focus on your own well-being, not on the bureaucracy of SSDI. Our experienced attorneys can lift this burden from your shoulders—from the initial application through the appeals process. Contact our Charlotte office today to learn more.