The California employment lawyers at Wilshire Law Firm believe that employees deserve a safe and respectful working environment. If your rights as an employee have been violated and your employer hasn’t taken steps to correct it, we’ll stand up and fight for the justice and compensation you deserve. Start a free and confidential case review with us today.
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Table of Contents
- How Our California Labor Lawyers Work To Protect Your Rights
- Our Employment Law Attorneys Navigate California Lawsuits
- Our Employee Attorneys Handle These Claims
- Wrongful Termination
- Workplace Retaliation
- Workplace Harassment
- Workplace Discrimination
- Unpaid Wages
- Leaves of Absence
- Start Your Free Case Review
- More Helpful Resources
How Our California Labor Lawyers Work To Protect Your Rights
Victims of employee rights violations are often afraid to assert their legal rights, fearing retaliation that will threaten their families, careers, and livelihoods. Wilshire Law Firm is here to calm those fears. Our legal expertise and financial resources allow you to pursue your case without worry—we’ll negotiate on your behalf and help you gather the critical evidence you need to prove your case, including:
- Internal correspondence between you and your employer
- Statements and testimony from coworkers or witnesses
- Notes detailing illegal behavior by your employer
- Employee handbooks, contracts, and past performance reviews
- Pay stubs and other work records
Employers Must Follow California Labor Laws
In 2020, California passed several laws to curb problematic employment practices and reduce worker inequality. Some of the main takeaways from these new laws include the following:
- Labor protection laws that would force companies to reclassify hundreds of thousands of independent contractors as employees
- Job equality guidelines
- It is easier for first responders to receive workers’ compensation for post-traumatic stress disorder
- Ban discrimination based on hairstyle
- Raised minimum wage
- Worker Protection Order put into effect to help slow the transmission of COVID-19
Our Employment Law Attorneys Navigate Complex California Lawsuits
The deadline for filing an employment claim – known as the statute of limitations – varies depending on the type of complaint filed and which administrative agency your complaint is directed toward. In some instances, you may have as few as 180 days to draft your claim. The agencies who may be involved in a California employment law case include:
- California Division of Labor Standards and Enforcement (DLSE)
- California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH)
- United States Department of Labor
- The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
Because California has enacted arguably the most extensive employment laws in the United States, workplace victims in the state have several avenues through which they can pursue remedies.
Our California employment lawyers will advise you of your options and walk you through every step of the process.
Our Employee Attorneys Handle These Types of Employment Law Claims
Wilshire Law Firm’s highly-skilled personal injury lawyers understand the unique challenges that employee rights victims face—the loss of livelihood, the alienation from friends, the uncertain future. From administrative complaints to civil trials (and everything in-between), Wilshire Law Firm knows how to tilt the legal scales in YOUR favor, no matter how big the employer.
Our California employment law firm handles the following employment cases on a contingency fee basis, so you pay no fees unless you win.
Wrongful Termination Lawyers
Even at-will employers must adhere to all applicable laws and public policies when hiring and firing employees. California protects employees from being fired based on their race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic that is legally protected from discrimination at the state or federal level.
Employees who engage in whistleblowing are similarly protected and may not be terminated for bringing forward a claim of unlawful or unethical conduct.
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Workplace Retaliation Lawyers
Retaliation occurs when an employee engages in a legally protected act and suffers an adverse employment action. Employees are protected from termination (including constructive wrongful termination), demotion, or any other adverse action under Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) statutes passed by the federal government, along with the State of California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA).
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Work Harassment Lawyers
California’s FEHA gives workers the right to a workplace free of verbal, physical, sexual, and other abusive behaviors, including quid pro quo and hostile work environment harassment. Workplace conduct is legally considered harassment when it is: offensive; unwelcome; severe; or creates an intimidating or hostile work environment.
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Work Discrimination Lawyers
Laws and statutes such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protect employees from workplace discrimination based on sex, race, national origin, religion, and many other protected statuses. Common acts of workplace discrimination include denying pay raises, promotions, or benefits to certain protected conditions, as well as paying employees with similar qualifications different salaries based on a protected status.
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Unpaid Wages Attorneys
California and federal laws require employers to pay employees for their work, but some businesses are nevertheless guilty of withholding that money. Using tactics like rest and meal break violations, employee misclassification, and bonus pay adjustments, employers sometimes attempt to avoid wage and hour obligations. This breach is often remedied through a class action lawsuit.
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Leave of Absence Lawyers
When a California worker requires time off to attend to pressing family matters or medical concerns, California laws protect them. The California Family Rights Act (CFRA) and the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) require employers to grant time off from work without the employee suffering an adverse employment action as a result.
Pregnancy, disability, medical, military, workers’ compensation, and even leave for jury duty are all forms of work leave that are legally protected.
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Free Case Review with an Experienced Employment Law Firm
Not all attorneys are equally qualified to represent employee rights victims. Wilshire Law Firm’s award-winning team of 50 attorneys and 400 legal professionals has a proven record of successfully handling the toughest employment law cases from start to finish.
Our highly-skilled employment attorneys use the legal system to the benefit of clients like YOU. We have favorably recovered more than one billion dollars in damages on behalf of employee rights victims.
We bring a personalized approach to every employment law case we take on, tailoring our services to your case’s specific challenges while delivering optimal results. And because we provide our services on a contingency fee basis, you pay no fees unless you win.
Not every firm has the legal expertise, the resources, or the talent to help employees get the justice they deserve — Wilshire Law Firm does. Call us 24/7 at (800) 501-3011 or fill out our online contact form to get started with your FREE and confidential case consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions About Employment Law
Can I Sue My Employer and Still Work There?
In most cases, employees wait to sue their employer until after they’ve parted ways. However, some choose to move forward with the claim while still working for the offending company. The latter is a risky and potentially contentious move. Still, some choose to go this route if they have yet to be terminated and hope to strongarm their employer somehow to treat them better or correct the situation.
What Damages Can I Seek from My Employer?
The consequences are severe for any violation of California labor and employment laws. When a business is found liable for workplace harassment, discrimination, or any other illegal employment action against you, you may recover the following damages:
- Lost Wages
- Lost Benefits
- Diminished Earning Capacity
- Emotional Distress
- Punitive Damages
- Attorney Fees
The specific facts of your case may merit other remedies. With a call to the California employment attorneys at Wilshire Law Firm, you will know the full extent of the damages you are entitled to.