Evansville, IN Labor Laws
The state of Indiana has laws that protect the rights of all employees. If you feel you’ve been the victim of wage theft, discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, or any other unethical employment practice, the attorneys at Morgan & Morgan are here to help.
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Indiana’s labor laws provide employees with certain protections. These include:
- Minimum Wage: Indiana’s current minimum wage is $7.25 hourly, and the tipped minimum wage is $2.13 per hour.
- Overtime: Indiana mandates that all employees working over 40 hours in a workweek be paid one-and-a-half times their regular rate for all logged overtime hours, unless otherwise exempt.
- Breaks: Neither Indiana nor federal law requires employers to provide meal periods or breaks. However, if an employer chooses to do so, breaks lasting 20 minutes or less must be paid. Meal or lunch periods do not need to be paid, but employees must be free to do as they wish during the meal or lunch period.
- Leave: Indiana does not require employers to grant paid or unpaid sick leave to employees, but employers do need to adhere to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Under FMLA, workers are eligible for up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for certain health conditions pertaining to themselves or their immediate family.
Contact us if you feel your employer has illegally denied you your rightful wages. Employers acting illicitly may:
- Pay less than minimum wage
- Deny overtime by incorrectly classifying workers as exempt
- Replace overtime pay with “comp” time
- Deny employees their due FMLA leave or retaliate against them for taking leave
No employee should face discrimination in the workplace. Indiana law states that employers cannot discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, mental or physical disability, veteran status, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or ancestry.
Even so, some employers do not treat their employees fairly. Contact Morgan & Morgan if you feel you have been discriminated against at work. Some examples of discriminatory practices include when employers:
- Refuse to hire applicants based on their race
- Deny equal pay and benefits to employees based on gender
- Refuse promotions to employees of certain religions or backgrounds
- Unfairly discipline members of minority groups
- Deny older workers training or opportunities for advancement
- Impose job eligibility criteria to screen out people with disabilities
Harassment in the workplace can make any job intolerable. Indiana definines workplace harassment as a form of discrimination, which includes “any unwelcome verbal, written or physical conduct that shows hostility or aversion towards a person on the basis of their protected characteristics.”
Common examples of workplace harassment include:
- Verbal harassment such as taunts, slurs, name-calling, comments, ridicule, threats, or offensive innuendo
- Unwanted physical touching
- Physical or sexual assault
- Verbal or physical intimidation
- Hanging inappropriate or offensive materials on a wall
- Offensive gestures
The list above is not exhaustive; workplace harassment can take numerous forms. Indiana and federal laws prohibit harassment based on race, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, religion, disability, and age as well.
The “at will” law in Indiana states that employees can be let go at any time, for any reason. However, sometimes, one’s termination can be illegal. . Examples of wrongful termination include:
- Discrimination: Federal law prohibits employers from dismissing employees based on race, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, religion, age, disability, citizenship status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information.
- Breach of Contract: If your employment includes a written, oral, or implied contract that promises job security, the “at will” law may not apply to you. In this case, if your employer fires you without cause, you may have grounds for legal action.
- Wage and Hour Laws: Employees cannot be fired for exercising their rights under Indiana’s Wage and Hour Laws. These include filing a claim or testifying in a hearing regarding their lawful wages or time off. If a worker is fired because they report wrongdoing, that may constitute retaliation, which is against the law.
Contact an Indiana Labor & Employment Attorney
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