South Bay Employment Lawyer
Work plays a critical role in our lives. Not only does it provide us with a living, it also helps give us meaning and identity. Because of this, it can be devastating to be a victimized by workplace discrimination, wrongful termination or harassment. Being victimized in this way can cause lasting financial and psychological damage.
Here’s the good news: Both California and federal employment laws are designed to protect you — and you can be fairly compensated for being the victim of employment law violations.
Understanding Employment Law
Let’s take a look at some of the most common types of employment law violations:
- Sexual harassment
- Sexual orientation
- Wage violations (such as overtime not being paid or regular wages being withheld)
- Wrongful termination
- Discrimination based on race, gender or disability
- Punishing whistleblowers
- Family and Medical Leave Act violations
- California Family Rights Act violations
- Pregnancy discrimination
- Malicious demotions
I Am the Victim of Employment Discrimination: What’s My Next Step?
Employment law can be quite complex, as it may involve laws and oversight from a variety of state and federal governments and agencies. The best way to ensure that the process runs smoothly is to work with an experienced attorney — one who can walk you through each step of the process.
Typically, this process begins by filing a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing.
Generally speaking, you must exhaust all administrative remedies before being granted the right to sue (although you may petition to sue immediately in some cases).
Working with a qualified attorney can help ensure that you meet all filing deadlines and that you have the necessary experience and expertise in your corner to counter the efforts of your employer to portray any adverse actions taken against you as justified.
Contesting employment discrimination cases is familiar ground for employers and their attorneys. To even the playing field, it’s necessary to hire a tough legal advocate who specializes in California Employment Law and who will fight for your rights.
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