5 Employment Law Myths Explained by a Bronx Employment Law Firm

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There are many myths and misunderstandings that exist in the area of employment law and employee rights. If you are involved in a dispute with your employer or believe that you were wrongfully terminated, you should contact a Bronx employment law firm as quickly as possible. Employment and workplace law is often not subject to intuitive rules, and the advice of an experienced lawyer can help you evaluate the best options for filing a claim or lawsuit.

The Law Offices of Delmas A. Costin Jr. is a Bronx employment law firm that routinely handles complex job related litigation. We also spend much of our time dispelling myths about what is and is not unlawful.

Myth 1: Your boss must have a justified reason for firing you. 

In most cases, an employer does not need to have a specific reason or any at all for terminating you since employment is typically “at will.” Unless the reason for firing you is based on your membership in a protected class or violates an employment contract the reason most likely does not matter.

Myth 2: Employers must give notice of intent to terminate employment.

There are no laws requiring a boss to give notice of their intent to fire you.

Myth 3: A boss cannot require you to work overtime.

This is not true. However, if you are a non-exempt employee the employer must pay overtime if applicable. The lawyers at our Bronk employment law firm can help you determine if you were entitled to overtime pay.

Myth 4: You can sue based on a hostile work environment if your boss singles you out or bullies you. 

In most cases, this is not true unless the boss’s reason was based on race, religion, or other protected class status.

Myth 5: You are entitled to paid time off.

There is no legal requirement that employees receive paid time off. Many employers offer it, but neither federal nor New York law requires it.

Contact a Bronx Employment Law Firm

If you believe that you were discriminated against or terminated unlawfully it is in your best interest to contact the Bronx employment law firm of The Law Offices of Delmas A. Costin Jr. and discuss the specific facts of your claim. We are happy to provide a realistic assessment of your legal options. Call (877) 440-0854 today for a consultation.