Columbus Employment Fraud and Misrepresentation Attorney
Employment fraud occurs when an employer is dishonest and makes misrepresentations about the terms and conditions of employment. If an employee relies on the dishonest claim to accept or continue employment and they are harmed as a result, they can file a claim against the employer for damages.
Employment fraud is quite common, and when it occurs, employees incur many losses. Employees can claim financial compensation for any loss they incurred, but filing a claim is not easy. A Columbus employment lawyer can help wronged employees file their claim and make things right.
Elements of Employment Fraud
When an employee chooses to file a claim based on employment fraud, they must prove certain elements of their case. These four elements include:
- The employer made a misrepresentation of a material fact regarding the terms of the employment position, such as the compensation the employee should receive or the type of work to be performed
- The employer intentionally made the misrepresentation in an attempt to deceive the employee
- The employee has reason to rely on the statement
- The employee suffers harm as a result of believing the misrepresentation
For example, an employer may knowingly make false statements only known to the employer, particularly when the worker has shown they will consider those facts when determining whether to continue or accept employment. An employer may also make a promise to an employee with no intention of keeping it.
Common Types of Employment Fraud Claims
Employment fraud can occur any time a misrepresentation is made to an employee, but there are some types of claims that are more common than others. One of the most common reasons employees file employment fraud claims is when an employer makes promises to an employee so the worker will relocate for a job. The employee may leave their current job and incur the expense of moving only to learn that the promises made were false.
Misrepresentations do not always have to occur before a worker accepts an employment position. Employers are also sometimes dishonest with employees so they will remain in the employment position. For example, an employer may promise an employee a raise in three months, or say that they will fire the supervisor that harassed them.
Damages Available in Employment Fraud Claims
Employers have an obligation to fulfill their promises and remain honest with employees. When that does not happen, and an employee has been harmed as a result, they can file a claim for damages or financial compensation. The damages available in any specific case will depend on the facts, but generally speaking, employees can recover damages for all losses they incurred. For example, if an employee moved for a job they were promised and it was not available when they arrived, they can recover damages for their moving expenses.
How Can Our Employment Lawyers in Columbus Help?
If your employer knowingly defrauded you, our Columbus employment lawyers at Marshall Forman & Schlein, LLC, can help you claim the compensation you deserve. We know the serious financial impact fraud causes employees, and we also know how to make it right. Call us today or fill out our online form to schedule a consultation and to obtain the sound legal advice you need.