Many confusing and emotionally stressful situations may arise in the workplace, potentially causing long-term harm to affected workers. If you or a loved one has been a victim of unlawful conduct on the job, such as sexual harassment, a wage and hour violation, or discrimination, the knowledgeable Orange County employment lawyers at Howard Law can help you investigate the facts of your case, understand the applicable state and federal laws, and protect your interests throughout the legal process. We can advise people who need a wrongful termination attorney or assistance in fighting back against retaliation or other types of adverse actions.Employment Laws in California
The State of California has many laws in place to protect the rights of workers. These include statutes such as the California Equal Pay Act, the Wage Theft Protection Act of 2011, and the Domestic Worker Bill of Rights, which pertain to issues involving work hours and wages, including meal periods, rest breaks, overtime, and minimum wage. There are also workers’ compensation and unemployment laws that protect workers who are injured on the job or laid off. State laws may also be used to protect employees’ personnel files and records and to assert workers’ rights in cases involving discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful termination.
For example, an employee who is discharged, demoted, or suspended for engaging in a protected activity, such as complaining about a safety or health hazard, has a legal right to file a complaint with the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement. This claim may later evolve into a separate civil action against the employer. The legal remedies available in such a case may include reinstatement of employment, payment of back wages, restitution of benefits, or a cease and desist order. In a case involving sexual harassment under a quid pro quo or hostile work environment theory, additional remedies may be available.Protections for Workers Under Federal Law
In addition to state laws, California workers are covered under many federal employment laws. These include the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). For instance, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects workers from employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, or religion. While Title VII does not apply to every workplace, it does provide equal employment opportunities with regard to private employers that have 15 or more employees, as well as all levels of the government and employment agencies.
Timeliness is very important when it comes to legal matters, especially those arising under state or federal employment laws. A failure to comply with a deadline for notice or a statute of limitations may result in the dismissal of a worker’s case. It is thus very important that a worker who believes that they may have an employment law claim talk to an employment attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can help the employee understand their rights in a particular situation and can make sure that the necessary paperwork is filed in a timely fashion.
Our firm also handles labor law cases. Whereas employment law focuses on the rights of individual employees, labor law is primarily concerned with issues arising among unions, union members, and employers. For example, disputes may arise in relation to collective bargaining agreements or alleged violations of the National Labor Relations Act.Contact an Employment Lawyer in Orange County or Beyond
If you believe that you have been subjected to a state or federal employment law violation, you should talk to an attorney about your legal rights. The experienced Orange County employment attorneys at Howard Law, P.C., are here to assist you. To schedule a free consultation, call (800) 872-5925 or contact us online. Our firm represents workers who need a sexual harassment attorney or representation in a wide range of other employment claims throughout Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties, including in Anaheim, Santa Ana, Los Angeles, Pasadena, Riverside, Moreno Valley, San Bernardino, and Fontana.