Protecting Our Workplaces
Most workers don’t ask that much: a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work, and in safe surroundings. To the degree their rights have been respected, it’s helped build this country. But the day we secure them as rights for everyone, we’ll see our nation at its best.
Until that day comes, those of us at Baron & Budd believe the safety of America’s workplaces to be in jeopardy in two key areas — toxic exposures and unfair working conditions — so it’s here where we focus much of our effort.
In the 1970s, when few people had heard of asbestos, our law firm was founded to protect the rights of people suffering from illnesses caused by this toxic substance. Our firm is credited with handling some of the very first asbestos cases ever filed and described as a catalyst in bringing to light many of the disturbing facts that the asbestos industry hid from the public for decades.
Today, fighting for mesothelioma patients remains a cornerstone of Baron & Budd’s practice – and – on a daily basis, we actively represent men and women whose lives have been turned upside down by this terrible cancer.
Our asbestos verdicts rank among the most important in the United States and now guide law firms across the nation in handling their own mesothelioma cases. For instance, we’ve gone all the way to the Supreme Court, as a result winning the argument that it’s unconstitutional to limit the rights of asbestos victims to seek individual compensation because of separate class actions. In two cases, Amchem Products v. Windsor and Ortiz v. Fibreboard Corp., the Supreme Court held the settlements were illegal and improper because they violated due process under the United States Constitution.
Yet another workplace hazard is the violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which governs minimum wages, maximum work hours, overtime pay, equal pay and child labor standards. Most recently, we have witnessed alleged violations of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, particularly with oilfield workers.
The bottom line is, whatever the workplace threat, to the attorneys at Baron & Budd it’s all the same. It’s all about protecting what’s right.