Navigating Workplace Disputes
Disputes can occur in the workplace for a variety of reasons and when they do, it can impact your work performance or cause you to feel unsafe in your workplace. That is why you should report workplace disputes as soon as they happen and work towards getting the situation resolved. The best case scenario would be to get it settled internally, working out a solution with your employer and the other party involved. However, if that proves to be impossible, you may need to hire a workplace dispute attorney.
Types of Workplace Disputes
Workplace disputes can occur for any number of reasons, between two equal-ranking employees, between an employee and a manager, or even involving the employer themselves. Below are some common kinds of workplace disputes:
- Wage Dispute: A wage dispute can occur when wages are not paid on time or underpaid, and the situation can get worse if it involves other legal issues. For instance, if the late payment of wages causes someone to be late with their child support payments.
- Discrimination Dispute: Discrimination disputes can involve wages, such as being paid less than someone else for doing the same work. Discrimination disputes that do not involve wages can be harassing in nature, making the workplace unsafe and uncomfortable for the victim.
Resolving Workplace Disputes
The first thing to do when a workplace dispute gets out of hand is to report it to your employer. However, this may not always be possible. For instance, if your employer is withholding your wages and refuse to pay it to you, further discussion may not solve the problem. If the dispute involves another coworker, always take steps to resolve it with the help of your employer before pursuing legal action.
Before bringing a dispute to your employer, first look up the company’s policies regarding the matter at hand, be it harassment, sick leave or professional behavior expectations. It is best to get everything down in writing: state everything that has happened factually and suggest a solution if you already have one in mind. This can be something as simple as requesting to be moved to another section of the office or switching shifts.
If the employer is not supportive or the other party refuses to cooperate despite action being taken, it may be time to admit the situation is out of your hands and contact a workplace dispute attorney for help.
Carcich O’Shea Will Listen to Your Workplace Dispute Claim
Some people may hesitate to bring up a workplace dispute claim for fear of rocking the boat or making a big deal out of an incident. At Carcich O’Shea, we are here to listen. We believe that everyone deserves to feel safe at work and any workplace dispute you are going through can take a toll on you mentally and emotionally. If you are going through a tiring workplace dispute, please do not hesitate to contact us for legal advice. Our experienced attorneys specialize in employment law and will advocate tirelessly on your behalf.