If you have ever been discriminated against when applying for a job, or at your current place of employment, then you may wish to hire an employment lawyer to help assure that your rights are protected. These rights include rights as a person, employee and your rights to privacy.If you have been wrongfully terminated from your job, then an employment lawyer can either help you regain your job, or an employment lawyer can assure that you receive adequate compensation as you look for another job. If you have been wrongfully terminated when you are close to becoming eligible for retirement, an employment lawyer can ensure that you receive your retirement benefits even if you do not get your job back.If a co-worker or supervisor makes improper comments or advances against you (especially if you are female, but males are subject to this treatment as well) then you may wish to hire an employment lawyer to handle the problem for you since, as is often the case, these improper advances are ignored by employers. They may simply warn an employee (or worse, accuse you of wrongdoing) but they may feel that it’s no big deal. Your employment lawyer can handle the problem by getting the employee fired, or moved to a different department, much better than you ever would be able to. If you are wrongfully terminated or demoted because you complained, then an employment lawyer can get you appropriate compensation or your job back.Sometimes companies will not heed the law when it comes to rights guaranteed to employees. Certain rights such as overtime wages that are required to be paid if you work any amount of overtime, times allotted for breaks throughout your day and also the number of hours required to work per week. If your employer does not provide you with a sufficient number of breaks, does not pay your overtime wage, or expects you to work an obscene amount of overtime per week then you may wish to consult with an employment lawyer. Your employer has to follow laws in the workplace just as you have to follow as a Citizen. An employment lawyer will ensure that your rights are protected and that you get everything you deserve as an employee including proper compensation for working overtime, adequate breaks and time for lunch and of course, adequate time to spend with your family each week.If you are seeking a job, there are certain things required during the job selection process. Employers have to have certain things before they hire you. These requirements may include your name, address and social security number (or proof of citizenship). Without these, they can’t pay you. They can also require information about your education, training and previous job history to help them make a determination as to whether you are suitable for the job that you are applying for or not. What they cannot check is your credit history and they cannot do a background check unless you grant them permission to do so. Your credit history should not pertain to the prospective employer, and if one asks for your credit history you should always contact an employment lawyer before granting any employer access to this. Your privacy should never be violated in this manner. If you find that it has been, you should hire an employment lawyer as soon as possible.However background checks are often needed for certain types of employment. If you are seeking a job as a Peace officer or security guard, or if you will be in charge of very sensitive information, then a background check would be in order. But most jobs have no need for a background check, and if an employer is asking for one, you should always seek advice from an employment lawyer before you ever voluntarily grant permission to have one done.