Employment law is a broad category that covers many different possible situations between an employer and an employee. When an employee believes they have been treated unfairly by their employer or another employee, there may be a case under one of these common employment law areas:
Employment discrimination occurs when something negative (such as not being hired, being fired, or not receiving a raise or promotion) happens to an employee because they are a member of certain group of people known as a protected classification. The protected classifications are nationality, race, sex, gender, age, disability, religion, pregnancy, and, under Iowa state law, sexual orientation. Please visit our Employment Discrimination page for additional information.
Drug and alcohol testing in Iowa
Private employers often require drug and alcohol tests for employees and then discipline or fire employees if a test is positive. Drug and alcohol tests are often administered after workplace accidents or as part of the hiring process. We encourage you to review our page about Iowa’s drug and alcohol testing law if you have any concern about a drug or alcohol test.
Employers can be liable for damages when they allow employees to harass other employees based upon nationality, race, sex, gender, age, religion, disability, pregnancy, or, under Iowa law, sexual orientation. There are various types of harassment, and complex factors that may influence a harassment suit. For more detailed information regarding harassment and hostile work environments, please visit our web pages on those topics.
Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA): The Family Medical Leave Act guarantees eligible employees up to12 weeks of unpaid leave due to a serious health issue, either their own or a family member's. Employees are also guaranteed to be returned to their original position when they return as well as continued benefits. Not all companies and situations are covered by FMLA, so it’s important to understand your rights and situation. For more detailed information regarding your rights under the FMLA, please visit our Family and Medical Leave Act page.
Iowa Wage Law
Multiple overlapping federal and state wage and hour laws govern your employer's wage practices. Our courtroom expertise includes claims asserting minimum wage violations, failure to timely pay full compensation, failure to timely and fully pay all earned wages upon termination, failure to pay earned commissions or bonuses, and unlawful wage deductions or withholdings. Please visit our Iowa Wage Law page for more specific information regarding wage payment claims.
Many employers unlawfully fail to pay required overtime to their employees. Employers often either conclude that an employee is not entitled to overtime at all or, knowing that the employee is entitled to overtime, pay less overtime than the employee is entitled to. For more information, visit our Federal Overtime Law page.
Wrongful Termination Law
Iowa is an employment-at-will state, allowing Iowa employers to terminate employees without cause, explanation, or notice in most instances. But there are strict and clear state and federal laws and court decisions protecting employees from wrongful termination in certain circumstances. For example, you may have a wrongful termination claim if you suspect you were fired in retaliation for whistleblowing, or because of FMLA participation, or several other reasons. We've offered additional information on our page dedicated to wrongful termination law.
If you have questions about an employment situation, please take a moment to learn about your rights by reviewing the information provided on this site. We also offer additional, more specific information about various topics at our on-site and off-site blogs that we hope you'll find helpful. If, after reviewing this information, you'd like to speak with us about your employment situation, please reach out to us through the Contact Form or by calling (515) 281-1460. We make every effort to provide a same-day response to all communications received during weekday business hours. Initial telephone calls are always free. If it looks like we can help, it'll be our pleasure to meet with you, learn more about your situation, and lend you a hand. We handle as many of our cases as possible on a contingent fee basis, meaning that there's no fee unless we make a monetary recovery for you.
Erbe Law Firm
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Des Moines, Iowa 50312
Erbe Law Firm has proudly served clients throughout Iowa since 2005 from our Des Moines law firm. We look forward to hearing from you to see whether we can do the same for you.
Harley C. Erbe