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  • Westport Office

    Address

    155 Post Road East
    Suite 11
    Westport, Connecticut 06880

    Phone

    203-226-9922

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 5.0/5.0

    I found myself in one of the worst employment situations that I have ever been in. I was getting bullied and harassed and after going to human resources twice I felt that I had no where else to go. After sitting down and talking to Attorney...
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    — Client

  • 5.0/5.0

    I cannot say enough great things about Attorney Pate. He was not only courteous and professional to me but very intelligent in dealing with employer. He not only demonstrated skill and professionalism while handling my case but showed extra...
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    — Client

  • 5.0/5.0

    . In a no charge consultation, he advised me to contact my human resources department regarding the incident. My company investigated the incident, and it seemed to have been resolved. Six months later, my company took what I believed to b...
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    — Client

  • 5.0/5.0

    Attorney Pate was very professional yet personable. He was available to speak every time I called and carefully listened to my concerns. And resolved them. He was excellent.

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  • 5.0/5.0

    In September, 2016, I contacted Atty. Pate regarding an incident I considered to be age discrimination in my workplace. In a no charge consultation, he advised me to contact my human resources department regarding the incident. I did so. ...
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Connecticut Labor and Employment Attorney Assists Workers

Experienced Lawyer Handles a Wide Range of Job Issues for Employees in the Westport area

Employees are entitled to a workplace free of illegal discrimination and to the wages and benefits that they’ve earned. Richard L. Pate provides advice and advocacy to protect the rights of workers in the Westport area and throughout Connecticut in a wide array of employment law matters. Whether you’re dealing with abusive colleagues or opportunistic management, I have extensive knowledge of Connecticut and federal laws governing employers and are committed to providing prompt, effective counsel for every client we serve. I have earned an excellent reputation for achieving strong results through skillful negotiation, mediation, arbitration and litigation when necessary. 

Skillful firm stands up for employees’ rights

I understand that employees are often hesitant to stand up for their rights even when the mistreatment is obvious. This can be even more intimidating if your employer is a large corporation. I deliver comprehensive support to clients so they can pursue justice in matters relating to:

  • Wage and benefit issues — When you’re not getting the wages, overtime pay or benefits you’ve earned, I take on employers to help you obtain full compensation in a timely manner.
  • Noncompete agreements — Companies have some interest in protecting their business, but many noncompete agreements go too far. If you believe that you have been unfairly restricted from taking a new position in your field, I will assess your potential claim.
  • Occupational safety hazards — Businesses that cut corners when it comes to safety put their workers at serious risk. Whether you’ve been harmed or have reason to believe that a significant danger exists, I will outline your options.
  • Wrongful termination — After a firing that was premised on illegal grounds, my firm pursues proper relief including recovery of lost wages.
  • Labor relations — In collective bargaining negotiations, union disputes and other labor matters, I work to safeguard hard-won rights and privileges while keeping clients aware of pertinent laws.

Once you understand the legal standards that affect your situation, you can make confident decisions about how to handle your job-related issue.

Dedicated advocate represents victims of discrimination and harassment

Everyone should have the opportunity to earn a living in a safe, healthy environment, where they are judged fairly on their skills, experience and work ethic. When a job applicant or worker is treated improperly due to their race, religion, gender, disability status, age or membership in another legally protected group, I take prompt action. My firm represents clients in Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) cases, claims under state discrimination laws and other matters stemming from unlawful bias. I also assist clients who have faced sexual harassment from a superior at their workplace as well as those forced to do their job in a hostile work environment.  

Contact a knowledgeable Connecticut employment lawyer

If you believe that you have been mistreated on the job or have another type of concern relating to labor or employment law, Richard L. Pate is ready to help. Contact my Westport office online or at 203-226-9922 to schedule a free consultation. I believe that every client — no matter how complex the case — should receive personalized attention, including regular updates regarding case progress and options.