At Beckum Law we focus on representing employees across the State of Alabama who have suffered unlawful discrimination, retaliation, and sexual harassment in the workplace. We handle EEOC charges and lawsuits and are proud of our ability to advocate for individuals who have been placed in difficult financial and emotional situations by their employers’ failure to comply with discrimination laws.
While Alabama is an at-will state, meaning one can be fired without cause, the employee still has protection against discrimination under certain Federal laws. For example, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibits employment discrimination based on race, gender, religion, national origin and sexual orientation. Other Federal laws protect against discrimination based on age and disability. Our firm is skilled at identifying violations of these laws and pursuing justice on behalf of employees throughout Alabama.
For the past 17 years, Mr. Beckum has represented employees in various employment law cases throughout the country and successfully litigated cases ranging from race discrimination and sexual harassment to overtime pay violations. The employees he represents come from a wide spectrum of career fields including medical professionals, teachers, sales representatives, law enforcement, among others. As a law practice, we focus on enforcing the Federal laws that protect employees based on the following classifications:
- Race discrimination, which includes the disparate treatment and impact of an employee, hiring and promotion decisions based on race or ethnicity, and the use of racial and ethic slurs and jokes in the workplace;
- Gender discrimination, is classified as the presence of stereotyping, gender role discrimination, failure to promote based on gender, and includes cases protected by the Equal Pay Act;
- Pregnancy discrimination is prevented by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), and includes cases of termination, refusal to hire or promote, and other disparate treatment of pregnant women;
- Disability discrimination is prevented by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), cases could include the denial of disability benefits and the failure to make reasonable accommodations;
- The FMLA also prevents unpaid protected leave discrimination, including not being granted job protection or being treated differently upon returning from leave;
- The ADEA protects against age discrimination, including being ineligible during hiring, and making promotion and termination decisions based on age;
- Religious discrimination includes the use of religion as a basis for hiring, promoting, and disciplinary decisions in an unjust way, such as discriminating against Muslims, the refusal to allow employees to follow normal religious practices is also discriminatory;
- Wage and hour cases fall under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and include protection over the failure to pay overtime;
- Retaliation cases follow protected complaints.
Our firm is also able to provide review and negotiation of employment agreements, including contracts, non-compete agreements, and severance agreements in the state of Alabama. You can read more in-depth about the types of discrimination and employment law under the Employment Law Topics menu to the side.
Beckum Law is based in Birmingham, Alabama focused on representing employees from across the state. If you are facing an employment issue and are in need of legal aid call us at 205-588-0699 or visit our website and send in a virtual request for your free consultation.