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Assertive Providence Labor & Employment Law Attorney

Ensuring compliance, safeguarding success
Your job-Your self respect!
In our society, a person’s self respect depends on having honorable work and being treated with respect. My four decades of experience defending the rights of workers to safe, hospitable and equitable employment have given me insight into how the loss of a job or unfair treatment at work can reduce a person’s self esteem. On the other hand, I have also represented employers. My experience on both sides of labor and employment issues makes me uniquely qualified to assist you with comprehensive and lasting solutions to issues that can poison workplace morale and undermine a company’s success.

Correcting power imbalances
I understand that employees often hesitate to confront employers, especially in troubled economic times. I empower individuals to receive the justice they deserve. I assist with cases involving:

  • Defamation
  • Slander
  • Unpaid meal and rest breaks
  • Unpaid overtime
  • Unpaid wages
  • Unemployment
  • Workplace violations
  • Unsafe work conditions
  • Whistleblower retaliation
  • Discrimination
  • Wrongful termination
  • Sexual harassment

Challenging discrimination in the workplace
Federal and state law prohibit employers from discriminatory practices regarding hiring, promotion, termination, types of assignments and pay. When making decisions, employers cannot legally consider:

  • Race
  • Gender
  • Pregnancy
  • Age
  • Religion
  • Nationality
  • Disability

Discrimination is often hidden.  Often employers have no idea that their actions are discriminatory and violate the law.  Challenging discrimination does not have to be confrontational or painful.  On the other hand, when an employer discriminates illegally or harasses an employee, litigation is often necessary.  My firm does not retreat.

Helping employers build strong labor relations
For businesses to plan and expand, operations must be predictable and reliable. Adherence to laws governing labor relations ensures a company’s legal operation. I provide employers with day-to-day compliance counseling and just resolutions to workplace disputes that advance labor relations and further your business success.

Supporting productive workplace conditions
Following complex legal procedures takes valuable time away from management’s real job — running and promoting business. For over 40 years, I have counseled businesses on procedure and fulfillment under labor law, including:

  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA)
  • Workers Compensation Program
  • Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)
  • Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA)
  • Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act
  • Consumer Credit Protection Act (CCPA)
  • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • Immigration and Nationality Act (INA)
  • Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA)

Safeguarding a productive business
Just as your company owes certain specific responsibilities to its employees, workers are obligated to comply with work policies and legal requirements that affect your business. Incompetent, unethical or unlawful behavior of a worker has potentially devastating consequences. I assist businesses in

  • Developing clear, written employment policies
  • Drafting employment contracts
  • Drafting non-compete agreements
  • Drafting nondisclosure agreements
  • Addressing suspicions of a worker’s unlawful or unethical acts
  • Dismissing employees

Contact a dedicated Rhode Island employment and labor law firm
William T. Murphy, Esq., LLC is located in Providence and represents clients throughout Rhode Island. Call me at 401-334-000 or contact William T. Murphy, Esq., LLC online to schedule an appointment.