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Iowa Employment Law Lawyers

Des Moines, Iowa employment law attorneys

The Patterson Law Firm handles a wide variety of employment law cases. While an employer does not have to hire or promote the most qualified applicant, an employer cannot base decisions not to hire or promote on personal characteristics that are not job-related such as:

  • Age
  • Race
  • Sex
  • Religion
  • National origin
  • Disability

We handle cases that involve:

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which makes it illegal for an employer to discriminate against a job applicant on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. An employer also cannot fire or fail to promote an employee, award compensation, or determine conditions or terms of employment based on this information.

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 which prohibits an employer from making hiring decisions or in any other way discriminating against an employee on the basis of the employee’s age. This law protects those who are 40 years of age or older.
The Equal Pay Act of 1963 which ensures men and women doing the same work, in the same establishment, "equal pay for equal work.

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) which sets the rules for minimum wage and overtime pay as well as for record keeping and child labor standards affecting full-time and part-time workers in the private sector and in Federal, State, and local governments.
The Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), Title I which provides that employers of more than 15 people make reasonable accommodations that allow a qualified job applicant with a disability to complete the application process or a disabled employee to carry out the duties of his or her job.

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 which makes it illegal for an employer to discriminate against a woman because of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions.

The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) which allows parents take off up to 12 weeks in a 12 month period if you have a serious illness or if you must care for a newborn or newly adopted child or for your sick child, parent or spouse. The time off is unpaid but your boss must reinstate you to your job, or one with equal pay when you return to work. Your employer must also keep your health insurance active while you are on leave.

The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) which gives you the right to continue your group health insurance benefits if you quit or lose your job.

The Patterson Law Firm handles all types of Iowa employment law cases and matters including:

  • Wrongful discharge
  • Age discrimination
  • Disability discrimination
  • Race/religion/natural origin discrimination
  • Sexual harassment
  • Sexual discrimination
  • Sexual preference discrimination
  • Pregnancy discrimination
  • Civil rights
  • Non-competition agreements/restrictive covenants
  • Overtime/wage claims
  • Pre-employment/Promotion
  • Hiring
  • Employee handbook drafting and interpretation

If you have questions concerning Iowa employment law, contact the Patterson Law Firm for a free initial consultation.