WORKING HARD FOR WORKERS©
Your job is often much more than your livelihood. It can provide a sense of identity, pride, and self-worth. When things go wrong, it can deeply affect you in more ways than your pocketbook. We understand and are here to help.
Unfortunately, unfairness or being treated badly by itself is not illegal. Examples of unlawful conduct may include:
Discrimination based on age, sex, race, color, national origin, religion, disability, pregnancy, or military service
Failure to provide a reasonable accommodation for a disability
Failure to provide earned leave for a qualifying family or medical condition
Retaliation for reporting discrimination or harassment on behalf of yourself or coworkers
If any of these situations apply to you, you have limited time to act.
Call us for a free case evaluation today: 205.871.7567
SONYA C. EDWARDS
Attorney and Owner
Federal law prohibits discrimination on the basis of age, disability, sex, race, color, national origin, religion, pregnancy, and military service.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires employers to make reasonable accommodations to job applicants and employees with disabilities.
We represent employees through the Federal EEO process, at administrative hearings, in litigation before the EEOC or Merit Systems Protection Board, and in appeals to the Office of Federal Operations.
NON-COMPETES, SEPARATION AGREEMENTS, AND EXECUTIVE PAY
Overly-restrictive non-compete and separation agreements can violate the law. Let us review or negotiate your agreement or executive pay package today.
Federal law prohibits unwelcome conduct by a supervisor or coworker that is severe or pervasive and creates a hostile environment based on sex.
FAMILY MEDICAL LEAVE ACT (FMLA)
Eligible employees are entitled to up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave annually due to their own serious health condition, a covered family member's serious health condition, or for the birth of a newborn or adopted child. Employers are prohibited from interfering with FMLA leave or retaliating against employees for requesting or using it.
WAGE AND HOUR
Employers cannot force workers to work off the clock and must pay employees at least minimum wage. Employers must pay the overtime rate for hours worked in excess of 40 per regular workweek. Employers cannot misclassify employees as salaried in order to avoid paying overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
EXPERIENCE AND PASSION TO PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS
Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Sonya has a passion for vindicating employee and civil rights. Sonya’s entire legal career has been concentrated in employment law, representing workers and professionals in a broad range of industries. Sonya began her legal career on the defense side working for two prominent Birmingham law firms in their labor and employment sections. Sonya's experience is unique because she understands how employers think and how they defend their cases. Sonya has handled cases in every major area of employment law and has the know-how to achieve the best possible outcome, whether through zealous litigation to trial and appeal or through alternative dispute resolution. Sonya works closely with her clients, taking time to listen to their goals while navigating them through the process. Sonya thrives on fighting for her clients and obtaining justice to right the wrongs they have suffered in the workplace.
Sonya earned her Bachelor of Science in Human Resources Management from Birmingham-Southern College, summa cum laude. She earned her law degree from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Trial Advocacy, served on the Honor Court, and was faculty-selected to the Order of the Barristers. Sonya served on the Moot Court Board, was a National Team Member, and received the Best Oral Advocate award. Sonya completed an externship with the National Labor Relations Board while in law school where she assisted workers seeking relief from unfair labor practices.
ADMISSIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS
Sonya is admitted to practice in all Alabama courts, all United States District Courts of Alabama, the Supreme Court of Alabama, and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. She is a member of the Alabama State Bar Association, the Birmingham Bar Association, and the Alabama Bar Labor and Employment Section. Sonya is an active member of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA), an organization dedicated to protecting employee rights in the workplace. She currently serves on the Amicus Committee of NELA-AL, which submits and contributes to amicus curiae briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Courts of Appeals in cases involving emerging employment and civil rights-related issues.
PRESENTATIONS AND ARTICLES
Sonya regularly speaks to lawyers and human resources professionals on employment-related topics. She has published legal articles on issues such as defeating summary judgment, Family Medical Leave Act issues, professional ethics, and other employment-related topics. Sonya has presented at the Alabama State Bar Labor and Employment Section Annual Seminar, the NELA-National Annual Convention, and the NELA-Alabama continuing legal education seminar.
PERSONAL AND CHARITABLE
When not fighting for her clients, Sonya enjoys spending time with her friends and family, cooking, hiking, traveling, and enjoying all the Magic City has to offer. Sonya gives back when she can through pro bono legal services and supporting local charities, including those offering homeless and abused women a safe environment, life skills, and other resources to help them achieve healthy, independent lives.
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