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The Civil Rights Act of 1964

The Civil Rights Act, passed during the Lyndon Johnson administration, was a monumental achievement in American politics. It forever changed the country and its people, and it had far-reaching impacts well beyond what most legislation passed by Congress accomplishes. Among the rights guaranteed in its numerous clauses were access to employment, public facilities, government positions, and public school regardless of color, creed, or gender.

Title VII of the act came to be seen as the most conspicuous, if not the most important, of the provisions outlined in the bill. The clause specifically addresses issues of employment and prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. It also forbids discrimination against an individual for associating with a person who has a particular characteristic, as in cases of interracial marriage. The law allows individuals of all backgrounds to have an equal opportunity to obtain jobs that offer a fair wage and a good quality of life.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 has constantly evolved since its signing more than forty years ago. Initially, some provisions were not implemented fully, but the legislation has grown and become stronger over time. In the late 1970s, sexual harassment came to be covered under the bill, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission was formed to monitor legal transgressions and ensure that individuals' rights are not being violated. The importance of the Civil Rights Act cannot be overestimated, as at its core, the law upholds the fundamental civil liberties first outlined in the Declaration of Independence in 1776.

Employment Law Attorney Serving the Kansas City, Missouri Area

An employment law attorney from the law firm of Beam-Ward, Kruse, Wilson & Fletes, LLC can help resolve your employment issues, whether you are an employee or an employer. We have the experience and knowledge necessary to successfully litigate cases involving wrongful termination, sexual harassment, the Family and Medical Leave act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and all federal and state employment laws in Kansas and Missouri.

If you believe that you have been sexually harassed, illegally terminated, or discriminated against because of your ethnicity, gender, religious affiliation, or age or because of some other personal characteristic, contact an employment law attorney from one of our Kansas City, Missouri-area offices to schedule a free case review. Our attorneys can help establish whether your legal rights have been breached and seek compensation accordingly.

Labor and Employment

To prevent employers from exploiting their workers, federal and state laws govern matters such as minimum hourly wages, overtime pay, and the maximum amount of hours that can be worked at regular pay. There are also laws regulating child labor and that require benefits for full-time employees. Employers who violate any of these federal and regional laws can face considerable civil penalties. Likewise, there are also laws designed to protect the employer from infringement on its ability to operate a fair business practice, such as those establishing at-will employment and the ability to form contracts that prohibit employees from sharing proprietary information with business competitors.

If you believe that you have a labor and employment claim, contact an employment law attorney from one of our Kansas City, Missouri-area offices to schedule a consultation. We can help you determine whether you have a case and are eligible for compensation.

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Sexual Harassment

If you have been harassed or discriminated against because of your sexual orientation, had unwanted sexual advances directed towards you, or been verbally or physically abused, you are legally entitled to compensation. Sexual harassment is a form of discrimination that violates statutes outlined in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

If you believe that you are being sexually harassed, it is important to inform the harasser and your employer of the actions taking place. Sexual harassment can occur between members of the opposite sex or between two people of the same sex. Furthermore, the individual being harassed is not the only person who can file a claim of sexual harassment; anyone who finds the behavior offensive can file suit. To schedule a consultation with an employment law attorney, contact one of our offices serving the Kansas City, Missouri area today. We can help establish whether you have a legitimate case.

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Wrongful Termination

It is imperative for individuals who believe that they have been illegally terminated to contact an employment law attorney as soon as possible. Because the doctrine of at-will employment allows an employer to terminate an employee without cause as long as no other laws are violated, it can be very difficult to determine and prove that you have been wrongly terminated without an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer who can provide legal counsel. For a wrongful termination case to be successful, it must be proven that the firing was illegal – an “unfair” discharge does not automatically constitute a wrongful termination. However, if the discharge violates a specific discrimination law, for example, a wrongful termination is easier to prove. There are other reasons that a termination may be wrongful, including violations of constitutionally protected rights, explicit contracts between the employee and employer, and collective bargaining agreements between union employees and their employer. Contact our staff today if you believe that you have been wrongfully terminated to schedule a case review.

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Employee discrimination is illegal and is regulated at the federal level by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Specifically, it is illegal for an employer to single out an employee or group of employees for discrimination. This law applies to all aspects of employment, including job position assignments, promotions, benefits, use of company facilities, retirement plans, disability leave, firings or layoffs, and recruitment. The federal government mandates that employers cannot discriminate against or disfavor individuals based on age, sex, creed, national origin, ethnicity or race, religion, disability, or military service. Sex discrimination includes sexual harassment and gender stereotyping, and the prohibition against it forbids prejudice based on sexual preference, pregnancy and child birth, and marital status as well. If you believe that you have been discriminated against by your employer, an employment law attorney from Beam-Ward, Kruse, Wilson & Fletes, LLC can review your case.

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Americans with Disabilities Act

Enacted in 1992, the Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits private employers, state and federal agencies, unions, employment agencies, and corporations from discriminating against an individual because of a disability. The government defines a disability as a physical or mental condition that prevents an individual from partaking in one or more life activities, and defines a disabled person as an individual with a record of suffering from such a condition. However, the law also requires that the applicant must be able to perform the essential functions of the job with reasonable accommodation. If keeping the employee on will cause the employer to face undue financial hardship or suffer a reduction in the quality of its products or services, the employer can become exempt from the rule by claiming that accommodating the disabled individual is unreasonable.

Sorting out these complicated legal issues requires the help of a skilled lawyer. If you believe that an employer has discriminated against you because of a disability, contact our law firm today. An experienced employment law attorney from our Kansas City, Missouri-area offices can review your case and determine whether you have been discriminated against.

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Family and Medical Leave Act

The Family and Medical Leave Act is a law designed to allow individuals to take extended leaves of absence from their employers without risking termination. The law dictates that certain employers must allow qualified employees to take up to twelve weeks of unpaid leave during any twelve-month period because of family and medical concerns. These may include the birth of a child, the care of a foster child or a new adoption, the care of a loved one with a serious medical condition, or medical leave for the employee. If you believe that you have been discriminated against by your employer or have faced disciplinary action or termination for one of these reasons, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Contact our offices to discuss your case with an employment law attorney today.

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Contact an Employment and Labor Law Attorney

If you believe that your rights have been violated by an employer or a fellow employee, we may be able to help. An employment law attorney from one of our offices serving the Kansas City, Missouri area can explain your options to you and determine your eligibility for damages. Contact our experienced attorneys today to schedule a free consultation and case review.

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