Employment law covers the relationship between employers and employees. Many state and federal laws have been established to set forth the rights and responsibilities of workers and management as regards hiring, firing, safety, wages, medical leave, and more. The enactment of employment laws means that many employers violate employee rights through ignorance of their legal obligations. It also means that too many employees remain unaware of their rights and are subject to unfair or wrongful treatment as job applicants or workers. To understand if your employee rights have been violated or to understand your responsibilities as an employer, we advise that you turn to Khosroabadi & Hill where we focus on employment law for clients in Southern California.
Employment law cases can range from being forced to quit your job because of intolerable harassment or discrimination, misclassification as a salaried employee or independent contractor, being forced to work “off the clock” without pay, being denied medical leave, being denied meal or rest breaks, being denied a deserved promotion, and other violations of the law resulting in employer misconduct. You do not have to endure these actions. Knowing your employee rights is key. Our team can help you understand them and what can be done to remedy workplace violations.
As stated above, numerous laws at the state and federal level regulate the workplace environment.
Below are examples of issues that fall under employment laws:
- Discrimination based on race, religion, national origin, sex, gender, pregnancy, disability, and age.
- Family medical leave. This involves your right to take a medical leave of absence when a serious health condition affects you or an immediate family member or for the birth or adoption of your child.
- Wrongful termination. If you are fired based on violations of the law, you can seek legal remedies against your employer.
- Wrongful demotion or discipline. These actions cannot be taken against you in violation of employment law rights.
- Wages and hours. You are guaranteed certain rights based on wage, overtime, paid sick time off, and related laws.
- Employee misclassification. Misclassification as an independent contractor or an exempt salaried employee can lead to the loss of wages, benefits, overtime, and more.
- Sexual harassment. This type of harassment along with a hostile work environment is strictly prohibited by law.
- Reasonable accommodation. Employers must provide this to disabled employees under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
- Meal and rest breaks. These are required under California law for workers when your shift is more than five hours.
- Retaliation. Employer retaliation is prohibited against employees who act as whistleblowers or make creditable workplace complaints.
If you believe your rights have been violated as an employee or potential employee in any of the above areas or in some other way, it is in your best interests to get legal guidance from our firm. Our attorneys can determine if you have a valid legal claim against your employer and advise you on your options.
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Employment law is a vast field that covers many aspects of the workplace environment. Our San Diego employment law lawyers are here to vigorously protect your rights under these laws and seek appropriate legal relief on your behalf. In cases where you have suffered losses, you may be entitled to compensatory damages. If you believe you have been mistreated in the workplace, you can turn Khosroabadi & Hill where you will be treated with respect, personal attention, and a dedicated effort to help you obtain the justice you deserve.