Work is an important part of life. We all aspire to employment that is meaningful, rewarding, and pays well. The law creates specific rights for employees. Examples of Employment Law lawsuits include:
Employees cannot be discriminated against based on disability, gender, race, religion, age, pregnancy, marital status or sexual orientation. There are protected classes with Federal and State laws in existence to protect employees from these categories of discrimination in the workplace.
California is at “at will” employment state. This means that either the employee or the employer can terminate employment at any time. However, this does not mean that an employer can terminate an employee based on disability, gender, race, religion, age, pregnancy, marital status or sexual orientation. An employee that complains of unlawful activity by an employer by being a “whistle blower” is also protected from retaliatory termination.
Sexual Harassment or a Hostile Work Environment
No person should have to endure the indignity of sexual harassment, and that includes in the workplace. Inappropriate conversations, posters, language, gestures, dress or invitations may be sexual harassment or a hostile work environment.
Wage and Hour Issues
Employees have the right to be paid for their hard work. Hourly workers deserve to be paid for every minute they work, whether the employer recognizes it or not. If you have not been fully compensated for your work, or have not received your legally required rest periods, you may have a wage/hour claim.
If you think you have been terminated unfairly, sexually harassed, or if you think you have been taken advantage of by not being paid for your time, Firpo Law Firm is here to help. There is no charge for the initial consultation and everything you tell us is in confidence.