The Employee Justice Legal Team is here to protect the rights of employees from being exploited by their employers. We offer protections in all aspects of the law and will represent you to ensure justice is served. Below are the various branches of the law in which we practice. Our attorneys are seasoned veterans with years of experience under their built and unrivaled knowledge of the law. The Employee Justice Legal Team is here for you. If you believe your rights have been violated but are unsure of the law, check out the branches below to get a better understanding. Call our law office for free consultation if you have any questions.
Employment in the state of California is at-will, which means that employees work for their employers under their own will. Employers then have the right to dismiss their employees at any time for any reason. But the conditions under which they terminate an employee cannot conflict with the various federal or state laws put in place in order to protect an employee’s rights. So employers have the right to dismiss their employees, the reasons behind their decisions cannot be against the law. If employers violate the law and terminate one of their workers for something for which the worker is protected, it is called wrongful termination, and the affected employee can file a lawsuit against their employer and receive compensation for the damages.
If an employee suspects their employer is treating them unfairly because of a protected characteristic – for example, the employee was demoted because she is a woman – then the employee has the right to file a charge against their employer. Unfortunately, the employer may retaliate instead of attempting to fix the issue at hand. Retaliation can come in many forms: termination, demotion, reduction in salary, or assigning the employee undesirable tasks and make life harder for the employee. It is against the law for employers to retaliate against employees when their workers practice their rights. The employer cannot discipline or terminate an employee simply because they acted within their right to file a charge against them.
Employers need to focus on only two qualities when it comes to employee-related decisions: their qualifications for the job and their ability to perform the essential job functions (with or without reasonable accommodation). All else is arbitrary and should not influence the employer in any way. If an employer uses other characteristics of an employee’s or applicant’s status, it may be against the law. While many employers do not discriminate, there are still some employers who have specific biases to which they are blind, and it influences their business-related decisions. This is unlawful. An employer cannot single out and focus on things like race, color, sex, religion, country of origin, genetic information, disability (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, and gender identity/expression. If a worker who is protected under the federal and state laws believes they have been subjected to unfair treatment because of their protected characteristic, they have the right to file a lawsuit against their employer.
It is unlawful to harass someone because of their sex. Sexual harassment includes such actions as harassment, unwelcome/unwanted sexual advances, sexual favors, requests, and all unwanted verbal or physical harassment of any kind. Sexual harassment is not limited to sexual implications; touching or verbal attacks which target a person’s sex is unlawful.
Harassment also extends beyond sexual advances or implications. For example, it is unlawful to make offensive comments about a person’s sex. The law does not prohibit simple teasing if both parties consent to it. It officially becomes harassment (and hence illegal) when the remarks create a hostile work environment in which the victim no longer feels safe or welcome at work, or when an employer uses sex to make an employment-based decision. Harassment can come from anywhere an is not just limited to the employer: sexual harassment can come from a supervisor, manager, another employee, or a client.
Employers who participate in illegal activity cannot fire an employee for refusing to take part or bringing to light the illegal activity to the necessary authorities, like a government agency. Once the crime has been reported, the employer cannot terminate, or retaliate in any way, the employee for being a whistleblower. The claim against the employer can range from violations of public policy or a work-related offense. This is similar to “workplace retaliation” claims, only whistleblower protections include general laws which extend outside of an employee’s rights. For example, if a company is polluting a protected body of water to save on disposal & sanitary costs, an employee who alerts a government agency is protected under the whistleblower protections. Even if the claim is investigated and deemed untrue, the employee is protected against any kind of retaliation.
We at the Employee Justice Legal Team are here for the clients and their employee rights. When it comes to the matter of your employment, we will use every available resource to prove your case and et you the compensation to which you are wholeheartedly entitled. Employers often take advantage of employees who may not know their rights, and employers will exploit their circumstance. We are here to stand up for those who are treated unjustly and feel powerless against an authority figure, such as their employer. If you believe that your boss has taken advantage of your rights and treated you unfairly, the Employee Justice Legal Team is here for you. We pursue justice and will not rest until you get the compensation you deserve for the damages you suffered.
The Employee Justice Legal Team offers free consultation to all of our clients, as well as potential-clients. This gives you the opportunity to sit down with one of our lawyers so that you can explain your case. Our attorneys will listen to the facts of your case and give you their initial thoughts on the matter. There is absolutely no financial obligation on your part, so please do not hesitate to call us.
Legal representation can be expensive, and so it is only natural to wonder about the cost of contracting legal counsel. Often, people get so worried about the cost they forego legal representation, which only hurts them because those people will rarely get the compensation they deserve, if any. The zero-fee guarantee is our promise to you which states that you will not pay a single dollar for our services until we prove your case and get you the compensation you are entitled. If we do not win, you do not pay; we only charge a small percentage of the amount allotted. We will ensure that justice is served.