Newport Beach Employment Lawyers
California is very much a worker-friendly state, with lots of protections for employees that go beyond what other states or the federal government offer. Even so, if you feel your rights as a worker were violated, the burden still falls on you to file a complaint with the appropriate authority or initiate a lawsuit and prove your case, including proving the employer’s wrongful conduct and the type of harm you suffered from it. The attorneys at The Garza Firm have been doing this for years and have achieved impressive results for their clients. If you are experiencing discrimination, harassment or retaliation at work, up to and including constructive discharge or wrongful termination, contact our experienced Newport Beach employment lawyers for a free case evaluation. We’ll listen to your story, determine if you have a claim, and let you know how we can help.
Comprehensive Employment Law in Newport Beach
Employment law is a broad area of the law that touches upon all aspects of the employer/employee relationship from hiring to separation and all points in between. The Garza Firm represents employees in Los Angeles and Orange County through some of the most difficult problems they may encounter with their employer, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, constructive discharge, and wrongful termination.
Federal laws like Title VII, the ADA, the Equal Pay Act, and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, along with state laws like the (Fair Employment and Housing Act) and the California Equal Pay Act, provide strong protections for workers against discrimination in employment based on a long list of protected characteristics. We advise clients on lodging complaints with the EEOC or California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) and provide zealous representation in court or settlement talks, with the goal of getting great results every time. Our Newport Beach employment lawyers handle some of the most common and most serious cases of employment discrimination, including:
- Gender Discrimination
- Sexual Orientation Discrimination
- Pregnancy Discrimination
- Age Discrimination
- National Origin Discrimination
- Race Discrimination
Title VII and FEHA both prohibit harassment in the workplace, including threatening or abusive conduct that turns the workplace into a hostile environment. When unwelcome conduct directed toward a member of a protected class is so severe or pervasive that it alters the working conditions of employees who are targeted for abuse or forced to work in the abusive environment, we move swiftly to end the harassment and hold the responsible parties accountable. Liability for workplace harassment goes beyond the individual harasser and includes the company itself when the harasser was part of upper management or the company failed to respond to complaints appropriately.
- Sexual Harassment
- Quid Pro Quo Harassment
- Hostile Workplace
- Racial Harassment
- National Origin Harassment
- Religious Harassment
Just about every California and federal employment law – Title VII, FEHA, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the California Family Rights Act, workers’ compensation, and more – contain provisions protecting the right of employees to complain of unlawful conduct or mistreatment, report wrongdoing, or cooperate with government investigations. Workers who speak up and find themselves punished by having their hours cut, getting negative reviews, receiving unfavorable assignments or transfers, or who wind up getting fired, may want to vindicate their rights by proving the adverse employment actions are the company’s way of retaliating against the employee. The Garza Firm can help. We’ll advocate strongly on your behalf and help you prove your case.
Sometimes employers who want to get rid of an employee but don’t have a lawful reason to do so think they can just make the working conditions so bad the worker will be forced to quit. This is called constructive discharge, and it’s against the law when the employer’s underlying reason is discriminatory, retaliatory, or otherwise unlawful. Evidence of a constructive discharge can be hard to come by; our seasoned California employment lawyers know what to look for and where to look.
Even in an at-will employment state like California, workers cannot be fired for an illegal reason. If your boss failed to give you a reason for your discharge, or their excuse seems like a pretext to hide a discriminatory or retaliatory motive, our Newport Beach employment law legal team will build a strong case that enforces your rights to fair treatment under the law.
Contact The Garza Firm Today
Employees who are mistreated at work are often afraid to speak up, worried they’ll lose their job, be retaliated against, or lose their case to a more powerful and well-funded opponent. The seasoned and dedicated team at The Garza Firm is here to level the playing field and advocate for you, helping you achieve your goals, whether they be reinstatement with back pay, front pay, attorney’s fees and out-of-pocket costs, or monetary damages as compensation for the emotional distress and disruption to your life their improper conduct cost you. Contact our experienced Newport Beach employment lawyers today for a free case evaluation to find out what we can do for you.