Treating people differently because of who they are is discrimination. It's wrong, and it's usually illegal. For example, women, blacks, Hispanics, Asians, 50-year-old men, workers with permanent injuries, LGBT, and more. For example, failure to hire, paying less, more work, less advancement, cliques, Performance Improvement Plans that lead to discharge, etc.
Harassment has no place on the job, and it's sometimes illegal. Harassment by co-workers and supervisors is common and widespread. Don't just take it! A company is responsible for a hostile work environment on its watch. Sexual harassment, racially-hostile job sites, pushing older workers around, etc. is illegal.
Whistleblowing" is the honorable work of employees protecting taxpayer dollars from graft and corruption in their own companies. Companies doing business with governments- defense, construction, Medicare, etc- must not take more dollars than they're due. Employees who know and want to do the right thing are whistleblowers.
It's worth it to me and to you to talk for a few minutes on the phone without an appointment. If it sounds promising, we'll make more time, on the phone or in person.
A good memory or notes, and hopefully a few documents to support your story.
Working off the clock, miss-classifying employees as "independent contractors", taking involuntary deductions from paychecks, and more. Working Americans lose billions of dollars each year due to wage theft.
It's been my honor and privilege to represent working Americans and their unions for nearly 30 years.
It's against the law to require employees to work "off the clock", that is, to work without getting paid. Employees can file lawsuits individually or in groups, known as collective or class actions, to recover unpaid wages for the time worked.
Employees are entitled to overtime pay for hours worked over 40 per week. But independent contractors aren't employees, and so aren't entitled to overtime. BUT, some people who are called "independent contractors" are actually employees. It's not the name, but the type of work, that matters.
Federal law and some state laws determine whether a worker is entitled to overtime pay. It's best to call a competent employment lawyer for answers.
Class-action lawsuits have their own rules. Search for CLASS ACTIONS to find competent counsel.