Growing up in Pittsburgh more likely than not means growing up in Allegheny County. Pittsburgh’s population continues to linger around 300,000.
Yet Allegheny County boasts a population of around 1.2 million people. Most people “from” Pittsburgh are actually from the surrounding areas.
If you’re from Pittsburgh, you know that it’s a city of bridges. The bridges are symbolic. Pittsburghers do not like crossing bridges.
If you’re from Robinson Township or McKees Rocks, you may have never made your way over to Irwin or Greensburg.
On the other hand, those from the South Hills, in towns like Mt. Lebanon and Upper Saint Clair, have very little need to travel to the North Hills.
The bridges divide Allegheny County into four quadrants, North, East, West, and South. The cultures may differ.
But one thing stays the same. If you’re from Allegheny County, you claim Pittsburgh. You claim the Pittsburgh culture. You bleed black and gold.
And you remember the times from long ago where Pittsburgh was a steel town. That blue-collar remains even as Pittsburgh has now shifted into a technology and medicine economy.
You need an employment lawyer familiar with Pittsburgh. Who knows it. Who worked there. And who understands what it means to be from this special place.
Employment in this country is at will. This means that you can be fired for any non-illegal reason. There are, however, numerous exceptions to this general rule that your employer can fire you for any reason that they want.
Your employer cannot fire you based on a protected characteristic. This includes, but is not limited to, race, gender, sex, national origin, religion, disability.
If your employer fired you based on one of these characteristics, you have a discrimination case.
If you have an employment contract, you may have a cause provision. This provision states that your company cannot fire you for any reason.
The contract alters the normal “at will” rule. If you have a contract, you should contact an attorney to review it.
An employment attorney can advise you on whether you have been fired for cause.
Your company cannot seek vengeance against you after your engaged in a protected work activity.
Examples of protected activity include:
If your company fires, demotes, determinants, or changes your employment status in any negative way, you have a claim for retaliation.
In addition to filing lawsuits, we can provide advice. You may have an issue requesting a reasonable accommodation for a disability. Or maybe you need help negotiating your severance package.
If you have an employment issue, we are here to help.
The western quadrant of the city houses the Pittsburgh international airport, which used to be a major employer in Pittsburgh.
Today, Dick’s sporting goods takes the crown. The surrounding suburbs including Moon, Robinson, Crafton, Sewickley, and Coraopolis are close enough to the city to work there.
But many workers do not venture downtown for work. For those who do not, you must understand that there is a difference between small and large employers.
We often see employment violations with small businesses. They tend not to have lawyers on staff. And sometimes their employment policies are not up to snuff. If you work for a small company, you should be on the lookout.
If something does not seem right, you might have a case. If you need help, just let us know.
The North Hills has one of the highest average incomes for any quadrant in Pittsburgh. It is on par with the South Hills.
Townships like Fox Chapel, Pine, Richland, Hampton, and Shaler have extremely high household incomes.
The higher your income, the more you need an employment lawyer. You are more likely to have an employment contract.
And if your job fires you, you will lose much more income. But, regardless, an employment lawyer can help you no matter your income level.
The South Hills certainly has its own distinct culture. It’s the own part of the city that has its own public transportation (the “T”). Parts of it are very walkable — looking at you Dormont and Mt. Lebanon.
And, overall, this part of the city does well economically. May towns boast median incomes well above Pittsburgh’s average:
For reasons similar to those who reside in more affluent North Hills suburbs, you should have a good employment lawyer on standby.
Contract negotiations for senior-level positions can include non-compete provisions, golden-parachute packages, renewal terms, and much more.
You can save yourself a lot of money on the backend by negotiating well on the front end.
Still, for anyone facing an employment problem, we can help. Even if you’re just a bar on the Southside. Or you are an employee going up against American Eagle Outfitters.
The East End or East Side of Pittsburgh was once labeled up-and-coming. It’s definitely come. Lawrenceville and Easter Liberty are hotspots for young professionals. Google’s presence in Bakery square transformed East Liberty.
And Lawrenceville revitalization may have not eclipsed the Southside for nightlife entertainment.
The Lacy Employment Law Firm handles mostly employee-rights cases. But we are happy to provide legal advice for small businesses and nonprofits.
We can provide your business with a very competitive rate that you can actually afford.
If you’re one of the small business owners that’s sprung to life in the Lawrenceville/East Liberty transformation, give us a call.
We are Pittsburgh employment lawyers. But we understand that Pittsburgh is much more than the city itself.
The vast majority of Pittsburghers do not live in the city. Rather, they live and work in Allegheny County.
The Lacy Employment Law Firm is ready to help no matter where you live in Pittsburgh.
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