Wrongful Termination & Employment Law Practice Areas

MKO Employment Law LLC offers complimentary employment lawyer (not staff) consultations. We focus almost exclusively on Employment Law, Discrimination, and Wrongful Termination issues. MKO’s core practice involves these common situations:

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MKO Employment Law

If you believe that you have been subjected to unlawful treatment, we want to hear about your situation.

CONTRACTS AND AGREEMENTS

In helping employers draft non-compete and trade secret agreements, we possess insight into representing employees accused of violating those contracts.

Employment Contracts
Non-Compete Agreements (Trade Secret Agreements)
Severance

DISCRIMINATION

Workplace discrimination comes in many forms. Regardless of the circumstance, it’s against the law. An employer cannot treat you unfairly because of race, gender, nationality, age, disability, religion or familial status.

Age Discrimination
Gender/Sex Discrimination
Disability Discrimination
Religious Discrimination
Pregnancy Discrimination
Race Discrimination
Wage Discrimination
Workplace Bullying Discrimination

    EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION CLAIMS

    Most charges of employment discrimination must be first addressed with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or EEOC, before you can file a lawsuit. You will need an attorney to speed up the mediation process and maximize your recovery.

    EEOC Filing
    EEOC Mediation

    FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT CLAIMS

    If your employer has failed to compensate you at minimum wage, a skilled and engaged attorney can guide you through settlement discussions with your employer and can assist you with your lawsuit.

    Unpaid Overtime
    Minimum Wage Violations
    Overtime Exemption Misclassification Violations
    Unpaid Wages, Commissions, and Bonuses
    Independent Contractor Misclassification

    FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE ACT CLAIMS

    FMLA allows the majority of employees (though there are certain eligibility requirements) to take a leave of absence from work for a variety of health and family related reasons.

    GOVERNMENT INVESTIGATIONS

    Our firm provides clients with advice and representation before state and federal agencies which are concerned with employment matters and agencies which are involved in professional licensure.

    Whistleblowing
    EEOC Charges
    Professional Licensure Defense

    HOSTILE WORK ENVIRONMENT

    Do not tolerate an environment infused with hostility or inappropriateness. Victims of pregnancy discrimination, workers’ compensation retaliation or race discrimination must take immediate action.

    Retaliation
    Harassment
    Discrimination
    Sexual Harassment
    Whistleblowing

    WAGE AND HOUR DISPUTES

    Salespeople are not compensated based on commission plans or are fired before the commission comes due. We help resolve these and other wage and hour disputes.

    Donning and Doffing Violations
    Equal Pay and The Right to Fair Compensation
    Unpaid Wages, Commissions, and Bonuses
    Unpaid Wages and Wage Theft
    Unpaid Overtime

    WRONGFUL TERMINATION

    An employer can fire an employee for any reason or no reason at all, wrongful termination of that employee can have serious legal consequences.

    Workplace Retaliation
    Whistleblower Retaliation
    Workers’ Compensation Retaliation

    Pregnancy Discrimination Lawyer

    Pregnancy Discrimination Lawyer

    Hostile Work Environment Due to Pregnancy

    Hostile Work Environment Due to Pregnancy

    Pregnancy Retaliation

    Pregnancy Retaliation

    Wrongful Termination – Pregnancy

    Wrongful Termination – Pregnancy

    Should I Bring a Lawyer to EEOC Mediation

    Should I Bring a Lawyer to EEOC Mediation

    Filing an EEOC Charge

    Filing an EEOC Charge

    Lawyer for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

    Lawyer for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

    Lawyer for EEOC Charges & EEOC Complaints

    Lawyer for EEOC Charges & EEOC Complaints

    Employment Lawyers for EEOC Investigations

    Employment Lawyers for EEOC Investigations

    EEOC Pittsburgh Lawyers Near Me

    EEOC Pittsburgh Lawyers Near Me

    Contingency EEOC Lawyers

    Contingency EEOC Lawyers

    Lawyer For Inappropriate Workplace Sexual Contact

    Lawyer For Inappropriate Workplace Sexual Contact

    Fired After Making a Complaint About Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

    Fired After Making a Complaint About Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

    After Hours or Outside of the Office Sexual Harassment

    After Hours or Outside of the Office Sexual Harassment

    Sexual Harassment at Work Lawyers

    Sexual Harassment at Work Lawyers

    Furlough & Layoff Retaliation Lawyer

    Furlough & Layoff Retaliation Lawyer

    Furlough and Failure to Rehire Disability & Medical Discrimination Lawyer

    Furlough and Failure to Rehire Disability & Medical Discrimination Lawyer

    Furlough and Failure to Rehire Age Discrimination Lawyer

    Furlough and Failure to Rehire Age Discrimination Lawyer

    Lawyers For A Failure to Rehire from a Furlough or Layoff

    Lawyers For A Failure to Rehire from a Furlough or Layoff

    Equal Employment Opportunity Commission EEOC Lawyer

    Equal Employment Opportunity Commission EEOC Lawyer

    Fired for seeking a medical diagnosis for Coronavirus?

    Fired for seeking a medical diagnosis for Coronavirus?

    Wrongful termination for caring for a person quarantined for Coronavirus

    Wrongful termination for caring for a person quarantined for Coronavirus

    Pittsburgh Childcare COVID / Coronavirus Lawyer

    Pittsburgh Childcare COVID / Coronavirus Lawyer

    Pittsburgh COVID Quarantine Employment Lawyer

    Pittsburgh COVID Quarantine Employment Lawyer

    Unemployment Due to Lack of Work

    Unemployment Due to Lack of Work

    Pittsburgh Unemployment Compensation Lawyers

    Pittsburgh Unemployment Compensation Lawyers

    PA Unemployment Appeal Lawyer

    PA Unemployment Appeal Lawyer

    How to win your unemployment appeal hearing if you voluntarily quit

    How to win your unemployment appeal hearing if you voluntarily quit

    Willful Misconduct Unemployment

    Willful Misconduct Unemployment

    Appeal PA Unemployment Decision

    Appeal PA Unemployment Decision

    How To Win A PA Unemployment Compensation Appeal

    How To Win A PA Unemployment Compensation Appeal

    Employment Lawyer

    Employment Lawyer

    File Age Discrimination Lawsuit

    File Age Discrimination Lawsuit

    When should you hire an age discrimination lawyer?

    When should you hire an age discrimination lawyer?

    How You Can Prove Age Discrimination

    How You Can Prove Age Discrimination

    Age Discrimination Lawyer

    Age Discrimination Lawyer

    Pregnancy Discrimination

    Pregnancy Discrimination

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    “Providing you a path forward in your life, career, and recovering the compensation you deserve.” 

    MKO is a “boutique firm” which means that we focus on a niche area and offer highly specialized services to clients who are looking for the personal touch within our area of expertise: Employment Law. Boutique law firms are not a general practice or one-stop legal shop, and that’s a good thing. You need one good attorney who knows the ins and outs of the area of law that’s relevant to your case. Look for a law firm that primarily practices the area of law that you need. If that’s all they do, chances are, they do it very well. We see each legal dispute as an opportunity to find a fair and equitable resolution without destroying your reputation, resume, job prospects, income, and if avoidable, not subjecting you, your family, friends, and former coworkers to unnecessary, highly invasive, time consuming, stressful, and ultimately public litigation. MKO, “Providing you a path forward in your life, career, and recovering the compensation you deserve.™” Confidentiality is key, for everyone. Are you a victim? MKO’s employment lawyers are always available for the clients. You can contact us anytime for a case assessment and evaluation. 

    Ten Reasons To Choose Our Law Firm

    1. Focused Employment Law Practice

    MKO is a “boutique law firm” which means that we concentrate on this niche area and offer highly focused employment law services to clients who are looking for the personal touch. Boutique law firms are not a one-stop legal shop, and that’s a good thing. While a long roster of diverse legal services may look impressive on paper, it’s fairly pointless in practice. You need one good attorney who knows the ins and outs of the area of law that’s relevant to your case.  Look for a law firm that only practices in the area of law that you need. If that’s all they do, chances are, they do it very well.

    2. Technology Driven & Experts in the Cloud

    We provide immediate legal consultations, operate a paperless law firm, use advanced cloud storage, digital signatures, electronic forms, and can review your documents using screen share technology instantaneously. MKO is technologically savvy, nimble, flexible, and efficient. 

    We are not confined to our office, chained to a desktop computer, or burdened with IT maintenance. Thanks to the smart use of technology we can focus on providing our clients with the best representation possible. By streamlining our practice we can focus on what our clients hire us to do – advocate on their behalf and work diligently toward a desired result.

    3. Legal Advice Instantly From The Comfort of Home

    MKO can provide superior legal services through adapative use of new technology and provide the majority of legal assistance while you are comfortably working from your home. It just also happens it’s better, easier, and faster for our clients – they really appreciate it. We seemlessly and interactively collaborate with you in a relaxed enviornment where you have all of your files in your immediate control. We find this is the absolute best way to provide legal advice to our clients on complex legal issues, hands down.

    The old style of coming into our office with binders of disjointed and unsearchable paperwork, of which we to organize and figure out on the fly, is incredibly wasteful, time-consuming, inefficient, and not highly productive. Because of our integration with technology, we are ready to work with you on highly intricate matters on a moments notice, no matter where you (or we) are.

    4. Discreet When Necessary

    While many cases require that we go to court to seek justice, there are a substantial number of disputes that need to be handled discreetly. We see each legal dispute as an opportunity to find a fair and equitable resolution without destroying your reputation, resume, job prospects, income, and if avoidable, not subjecting you, your family, friends, and former coworkers to unnecessary, highly invasive, time consuming, stressful, and ultimately public litigation. MKO, “Providing you a path forward in your life, career, and recovering the compensation you deserve.™”

    Confidentiality is key, for everyone. 

    5. Experience, Professional, & Integrity

    Through representing and managing thousands of employment situations, rest assured there is help or a path forward for your situation. For example, Partner Christi Wallace has personally represented over 900 clients and has managed hundrends more for associates that worked for her in just the last 7 years!

    6. Highly Responsive Attorneys

    We always get the question, “If I choose to have you represent me, will it be difficult for me to get in touch with you?”

    Absolutely not, we even make ourselves available to clients beyond our normal business hours! Futher, when you call us your attorney answers, not a secretary who puts you on hold for 20 minutes, then tells you that you can leave a voicemail for your attorney. Besides the MKO office phone number, our clients can contact their attorney via mobile, SMS & texting, business email, and an urgent emergency email. For example, we can often respond to a text message in just a few minutes. Experience a better, faster, and more efficient way to work with an attorney. MKO believes that clients can and should depend on the fact that we’ll respond quickly.

    7. Attorneys Available 74+ Hours Per Week

    Employment Attorneys are available at least 74 hours per week by phone, email, and text messaging. Don’t be fooled by marketing, many law firms are using non-attorney 3rd party answering services and advertising “Phones Answered 24 Hours A Day, 7 Days A Week.” We pick up our own phones, respond to our own emails and text messages, and use real attorneys, 74+ hours per week. 

    M-F🕖7am-🕖7pm
    Sat/Sun🕗8am-🕒3pm

    8. Practical Advice From Seasoned Professionals

    MKO strongly believes that every situation is distinctly unique and therefore we must endevour to find the right solution for that particular issue. Because we are a boutique employment law firm, we strive to find unique and innovation solutions for our clients in every circustance. We take action when necessary, put together deals when possible, and work with our clients so we can be creative and find smart solutions instead of needless litigation. We want to protect your interests now and in the future.

    9. Contingency Representation

    Contingency Legal Representation is where you do not have to pay your lawyer up front. This is fantastic if you are offered this option. Lawyers and litigation costs are incredibly expensive if you pay hourly. With contingency representation, you are not faced with large legal bills and expenses that are daunting and causes slow downs while waiting for a retainer to be replenished. Further, when you’re offering to pay anyone up front and hourly, it seems they’ll take almost any case – so long as they are getting paid. Funny how that works. Here’s how we help:

    • People can afford an attorney. – Without the benefit of contingency, it would be very difficult for a person who was recently seperated from their job to afford an employment lawyer.
    • MKO only gets paid if there is a recovery.  – We put our money where our mouth is, if we don’t get a recovery, you don’t owe legal fees and costs.
    • Contingency representation says something about your case. – Considering MKO only will get paid if there is a recovery, you can assume we like to cases that we believe have merit.
    • Helps people can move on with their lives – Instead of racking up debt to pay for legal help, our contingency representation lets you move on with your life as we deal with the legal stuff. This is exactly what MKO stands for, “Providing you a path forward in your life, career, and recovering the compensation you deserve.™”
    10. Keeping Costs Low To Focus On Your Case

    Our clients understand that their representation is are far more important than an expensive address. Some law firms might be battling an extremely burdensome and large cost overhead. In other words, to survive, they may need to be a “factory firm” or “volume practice” that needs to process a vast amount of cases to be able to afford their superfluous costs, expenses, and overheadWe aggressively keep costs down so we can focus on you.

    Don’t want to be treated like an account number, a settlement figure, or a wheel that needs to be turned to keep the law firm getting paid? We keep our costs low and use this financial freedom for our clients best interests.

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    Consultation Questions To Ask Your Employment Discrimination Lawyer

    • =What does an employment discrimination lawyer do?

    • =Do I need an employment lawyer?

    • =Can a discrimination attorney really help my case, even if I still work there?

    • =When should I hire an employment discrimination law firm? 

    • =Is discrimination really that common?

    • =How do you hire a discrimination attorney?

    • =How do I know when I need an employment lawyer?

    • =When should I address discrimination at the office?

    • =What is my discrimination case worth?

    • =Do I have a discrimination case?

    I trusted Mr. Kraemer with a rather difficult period of time for my family, and we came out on top. He is trustworthy and honest, incredibly helpful, and understanding. Five stars aren’t enough! Him and his staff are well experienced, and won’t let up until the truth is known and justice is served. Michael, it’s been a pleasure. I hope I never need your services again! If I do, I will not hesitate to give you a call.

    Bob B.

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    Halfway to legal help. If you don't get paid, neither do we. All you need to do is call MKO!

    Michael Kraemer was the only lawyer who took my case and would be the only lawyer I’d rely on. He kept me informed and was very intellectual on the whole subject that my case was revolved around. I give Mr. Kraemer a 10 out of 10 and I would refer him and his associates to anyone who wants a well defined lawyer.

    Andrew L.

    Wrongful Termination

    We help people fired, or soon to be fired, when they have been treated unfairly, illegally, or unjustly.

    Medical Accommodation

    Employees needing physical or mental health/wellness accommodations are protected.

    Disability Discrimination

    This is so broadly defined that most health conditions can be considered disabilities. 

    Age Discrimination

    For those over 40 years old (but older is preferred) that experience bias based on your age.

    Employment Discrimination

    Race, religion, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), orientation, disability.

    EEOC or PHRC Agencies

    Aggressive lawyering in the state and federal agencies can mean quick, quiet, and lucrative resolutions.

    Professional Exit Strategies

    Leave with dignity and far compensation. Remove yourself from a bad workplace. You need an exit strategy.

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    Sexual Harassment

    A range of actions from mild transgressions to sexual abuse or sexual assault. A highly serious offense.

    *Any testimonial, statement, endorsement, numerical figure, image/video, rating, or review (that may be from many years of practice with many people) does not constitute a guarantee, suggestion, promise, influence, or prediction about anything relating to your representation, selection of law firm or attorney, ability to practice, a consumer reliance of any kind, or any legal matter. Results vary. MKO is not in any way a successor entity to any other law firm.