Birmingham Office

Birmingham Office

Alabama Employment Law Attorneys

The Birmingham Employment Attorneys at Harwell Law Firm LLC have been assisting employees and small businesses with Alabama employment law matters for over 18 years. We understand that next to God and family, your job is one of the most important aspects of your life.  We are here to help you if you have a question about your rights as an Alabama employee or believe your employer has violated your civil rights. If you have a question about your job or whether or not your employer is complying with Alabama Employment Laws, call Harwell Law Firm today at (205) 980-1445 or contact us on line.

Homewood Office

Homewood Office

Four Office Locations in the Birmingham area

Unlike many Alabama Employment Law firms that market on the internet that they are a Birmingham Employment Attorney, a Hoover Employment Lawyer, a Chelsea Employment Attorney or a Shelby County Employment Law Firm for search engine purposes, Harwell Law Firm LLC actually has four office locations in the Birmingham metro area with two offices located in Shelby County and two offices located in Jefferson County. We have an office in downtown Birmingham at The Wells Fargo Tower, an office off of Highway 280 near Chelsea, a Hoover office near the Riverchase Galleria and a Homewood office at Southbridge.

Hoover Office

Hoover Office

Employment Law Areas of Practice

  • Illegal Discrimination
  • Overtime and Minimum Wage
  • Family Medical Leave
  • Race, Sex and Religion
  • Age Discrimination
  • Disability Discrimination
  • Illegal Retaliation
  • Wrongful Discharge
  • Hostile Work Environment
  • Illegal Harassment
  • Worker’s Compensation Claims
  • Whistleblower Claims
  • ERISA Claims
  • Military Discrimination


Unfortunately, Alabama is an employment “at will” state. Consequently, the terms “wrongful termination” and “Alabama Employment Law” are both legal misnomers.  Pursuant to  Alabama “at will” employment laws, an employer can fire, terminate, suspend, fail to hire, demote and/or lay off an employee with or without cause, for almost any reason, no reason, mistaken reason, false reason or stupid reason so long as they are not doing so in violation of a federal or state employment law.


Although you can be fired, not hired and/or disciplined by your employer for almost any legitimate non-discriminatory reason, it is unlawful for an employer to discriminate against you because of your race, national origin, religion, sex, disability and/or your age. Under Federal Discrimination Employment Laws, you have the right to be free from discrimination based on race, age, religion, sexual orientation and gender, military status and more. Although many forms of discrimination are illegal, employers, unions and employment agencies still practice discriminatory policies. While the intentions of anti-discrimination laws are simple, the actual laws are very complex, and claims may prove quite difficult in court. You will need the assistance of an experienced Birmingham employment lawyer in Birmingham to gather evidence, question witnesses and present a case that will be compelling and easily understood by a jury. The Birmingham Employment Law Firm of Harwell Law Firm LLC handles case under the Alabama Age Discrimination in Employment Act as well as federal laws such as Title VII, Section 1981, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

Birmingham Overtime and Minimum Wage Employment Lawyers

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), employers are required to pay non-exempt employees one and one-half times their normal  hourly rate for wages worked in excess of forty hours per work week. The FLSA also mandates that employers must pay all employees a minimum wage. If you have not been paid wages for overtime you have worked, call us today at (205) 980-1445 so we can discuss your case.

Birmingham Retaliation Attorney

It is also unlawful for an employer to retaliate against an employee for complaining of illegal discrimination (race, sex, age, national origin, religion and/or disability), for applying for Family Medical Leave, for not being paid overtime or for filing a worker’s compensation claim.  The laws mentioned above are not exhaustive and you should call Harwell Law Firm if you have any questions about your rights as an employee before making any decisions such as quitting or resigning your employment.

Alabama Wrongful Termination Attorney

While an employer has the right to fire an employee for any reason they see fit, there are certain examples which fall into the category of “wrongful discharge.” These include an employer violating a public policy by firing you; terminating you due to your refusal to commit illegal acts; or discharging you for exercising your legal rights.

Birmingham Sexual Harassment Attorney: Racial Harassment and Hostile Work Environment

Sexual Harassment and harassment based on race of another protected category (Age, Disability, National Origin and Religion) are some of the most common claims in the field of employment law. If you have been harassed in the workplace and the employer either knew or should have known about the conduct, but failed to take corrective action, you may have a legal claim. If a supervisor has harassed you and the harassment has proven detrimental to your ability to work, the employer may be liable even if the Employer was unaware of your supervisor’s actions. In addition, if you believe harassment of any kind is causing a hostile work environment, a claim is possible.

 Alabama Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Attorney

The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) allows eligible employees to take time off for illness, to take care of sick family members, and to attend to other medical needs, including disabilities. Often, employees who have exercised their rights under FMLA experience retaliation by their employers through termination or other adverse actions. If your FMLA benefits have been denied, or if your employer has retaliated against you after exercising your FMLA rights, it is very important that you speak with an Alabama employment law attorney about your options.

Contact an Experienced Birmingham Employment Lawyer

The issues you might face in a claim against your employer can only be determined on a case-by-case basis and the skilled, experienced Alabama employment law attorneys at Harwell Law Firm LLC can help you recover the compensation you deserve if you have been mistreated in the workplace. For more information about how our attorneys can help you in an employment law dispute, contact our Birmingham office at (205) 980-1445.

There are a number of issues that can arise on the job, such as:
• Overtime Collection: employees can be taken advantage of by distrustful employers regarding their collection of overtime.
• Hour and Wage Issues: if you believe that your employer is not following minimum wage laws, or you feel you are not receiving the money you earned for your work, consult the advice of an employment attorney.
• Unlawful Termination: your termination may be considered unlawful depending on your state, and you could fall into a protected class.
• Harassment at Work: whether it is your fellow employees or your employer who engages in sexual or other harassment, you have rights.
• Workplace Violence: all workers have the right to a safe workplace, but violence does happen. A qualified employment lawyer can help you get the justice you deserve.
Areas of Employment Law
At The Cochran Firm, our experienced employment attorneys acknowledge the stress of work-related issues. Our lawyers will carefully examine all aspects of your case and help you decide the best course of action. Some areas of employment law where we can help protect your rights include:
• Wrongful termination or demotion
• Sexual harassment
• Disability discrimination
• Discrimination based on gender, race or religion
• Pregnancy Discrimination
• Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA)
• Age discrimination
• Retaliation and whistle blowing
• Discrimination based on military service (USERRA)
• Overtime pay claims
• Meal and rest break claims
If you are an employee in search of representation, please contact the qualified employment attorneys at The Cochran Firm today. Serving clients nationwide, our law firm can help you get the money and justice you deserve.

Related Topics
• Wrongful Termination
• Wage and Hour Issues
• Unemployment Claims
• USERA—Discrimination Based on Military Services
• Workers Compensation
• Americans With Disabilities Act
• Age Discrimination
• Whistleblower


The Birmingham Employment Law Firm and Birmingham Employment Attorneys at the offices of Harwell Law Firm, LLC provides Legal Counsel from a Christian Attorney Perspective in Alabama Employment Law.  Harwell Law Firm LLC represents clients in Shelby County, Jefferson County, counties surrounding Birmingham and municipalities of Shelby County and Jefferson County, including, but not limited to: Birmingham, Chelsea,  Hoover, Inverness, Greystone, Vincent, Columbiana, Alabaster, Pelham, Helena, Jemison, Montevallo, Calera, Harpersville, Wilsonville, Sterrett, Leeds, Mountain Brook, Vestavia Hills, Homewood, Bessemer, Hueytown, Gardendale, Irondale, Fultondale, Graysville, Fairfield, Clay, Center Point, Brookside, Adamsville, Brighton, Argo, Pell City, Oneonta, Springville, Anniston, Jasper, Huntsville, St. Clair County, Bibb County, Blount County, Talladega County, Tuscaloosa County, Walker County, Cullman County, Madison County and more.