California Employment Lawyer
If you work for a living, almost everything you do is bound by employment laws. Your employer must provide a safe working environment. You must be paid at least minimum wage. If you are injured at work, your employer must ensure you receive workers’ compensation benefits. You should not have to work in a hostile environment where discrimination and harassment is rampant.
Indeed, there are a lot of laws that need to be followed at the federal, state, and even local levels. But sometimes employers may not follow all these rules. Maybe they’re not aware of them. Perhaps they just want to save money and don’t care how their employees are affected.
Are you facing an employment law issue? If so, contact an California employment lawyer from The Garza Firm to protect your legal rights and help you with the next steps.
Common Employment Law Issues
The workplace may seem relatively safe, but there are various issues that can occur, such as the following:
Harassment/discrimination. Discrimination occurs when a person is treated unfairly due to their race, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy status, age, or disability. Harassment is a little different, as it refers to unwelcome conduct such as offensive jokes, threats, insults, and ridicules. It may also include sexual harassment, which includes unwelcome sexual advances and requests for sexual favors.
Wage laws. Sometimes employers take advantage of workers and pay them less than they should or not at all. This is called wage theft and it is illegal. So is not paying minimum wage ($14 when there are under 26 employees, $15 when there are 26 or more employees) or overtime. Overtime pay is calculated at 1.5 times the regular rate, so a person making $14 an hour would make $21 an hour in overtime.
Wrongful termination. While California is an at-will state when it comes to employment, an employer cannot terminate an employee due to discrimination or any other illegal methods. Even if the termination seems unfair, an employer can end a worker’s employment for any reason as long as the termination does not violate the law.
Safety issues. You’re entitled to a safe workplace. This means you should be able to report any injuries or illnesses when they occur without fear or retaliation. You should also be given the safety equipment you need to do your job and be trained in a language that you understand.
Workers’ compensation. Workers’ compensation benefits help pay for medical expenses and lost wages when a person is injured in the workplace. Employers pay for this insurance for workers.
Contact The Garza Firm Today
The workplace can bring about various employment law issues. Whether you have been harassed, faced discrimination, or are dealing with wage issues, The Garza Firm is ready and willing to assist you.
We understand the laws involved. See how our California employment lawyers can help you fight back. To schedule a consultation, fill out the online form or call (949) 570-8350.