Employee Advice & Counseling

Protecting your interests in the employee-employer relationship can be complicated. If you have questions about your rights, or need assistance addressing a thorny employment issue, attorney Tim Coffield is here to help.

Successfully navigating the employer-employee relationship can be a tricky proposition. After a few months or years with a particular company, employees often find themselves in difficult situations they never foresaw when they took the job. These situations can range from conflicts with new supervisors, to hostile co-workers, to changes in job duties or company re-organizations that can threaten your ability to make a living in a healthy environment.

While these situations sometimes do not involve violations of your legal or contractual rights, sometimes they do. It is not always easy to know if your rights are being violated, or what the best course of action is to make sure your interests are protected. In these cases, it is often helpful to consult with an experienced employee advocate like Tim.

Here are some examples of the many employment issues that may benefit from advice about your legal rights and how to protect your interests:

  • Your supervisor asks you participate in, or go along with, business practices that you believe are unethical, or possibly even illegal;
  • You report unethical or potentially illegal practices to your supervisor or human resources, and your employer responds by ignoring or penalizing you;
  • Your supervisor gives you a performance improvement plan with objectives that are impossible to achieve;
  • You request information from your employer about how your bonuses, commissions, or other compensation are calculated, and your employer refuses to provide the information;
  • Your supervisor penalizes you for minor or non-existent missteps, but does not penalize other employees who make the same mistakes;
  • You have an executive employment contract with a Section 409A “good reason” provision, and want to know if recent events give you “good reason” to resign and receive severance pay;
  • Your employer wants you to sign a new contract, document, or severance agreement, and you are not sure if it is in your best interests to do so;
  • Your supervisor penalizes you for minor or non-existent missteps, but does not penalize other employees who make the same mistakes;
  • You suspect your employer may be violating your rights or the rights of co-workers, or violating other laws, but are not sure how to address the situation.

Additional Employee Advice & Counseling Resources


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The law prohibits employees from retaliating against employees for engaging in "protected conduct" by reporting violations or potential violations of certain employment laws.


Employers are prohibited from discriminating against you because of your age, disability, gender, gender identity, pregnancy, military status, national origin, race, sexual orientation, or religion.


Whistleblowing laws protect employees from retaliation for reporting violations by companies of a wide variety of laws. These laws also protect employees from retaliation for refusing to engage in illegal conduct at their employers’ request.


Tim represents workers whose employers have not complied with federal or state law governing minimum wage, overtime, FLSA exemptions, misclassification, bonuses, tips, commissions, and other kinds of compensation.


Special rules apply to certain government employees that give them different rights from private sector employees. Attorney Tim Coffield represents and advises public employees in a variety of employment situations.

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    If you have questions about protecting your rights in the employer-employee relationship, or termination of that relationship, contact attorney Tim Coffield to schedule a consultation.