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The employment law firm of Berberian Ain LLP have countless hours of experience handling every aspect of employment law cases. The firm’s attorneys have extensive experience in various types of employment law cases such as wrongful termination, discrimination, and more. They aggressively advocate on behalf of their clients through many forms of settlement, including arbitration, meditation, and trial.
The employment law attorneys at Berberian Ain focus first on ensuring justice for their clients. When there is a labor dispute, often the employee may not be able to continue working. Knowing that our client’s livelihood is at stake means we must accomplish a just and swift resolution of the matter.
California’s Department of Industrial Relations outlines rights that you as an employee have against retaliation should you need to hire an employment law attorney due to an unjust workplace environment. There are also federal laws that protect you from any type of workplace retaliation related to your case. You have the right to a safe and healthy workplace environment. If conditions in your workplace environment necessitate the use of a California labor and employment law attorney, we are here to help.
Types of Employment & Labor Law Cases We Handle
Disability and Medical Condition Discrimination
Under both state and federal laws, it is illegal to discriminate against an employee for their medical condition or disability. The Americans Disability Act ensures that workplaces must accommodate workers that are diagnosed with a disability or medical condition. A medical condition under this act includes any mental or physical condition that significantly impairs a significant life function.
Compensation and Work Conditions (Wage and Labor Laws)
As of January 1, 2021, the California minimum wage is $13.00 an hour for employees that work twenty-five hours or less and $14.00 an hour for employees who work twenty-six or more hours a week. Employers must also pay time-and-a-half for any workday longer than eight hours and/or any workweek more than forty hours. Any employee that works more than five hours must be given a meal break. You are also entitled to rest breaks of at least ten minutes every four hours for work time.
Whistleblower and Employer Retaliation
If an employee knows of a criminal or civil law violation or a violation of the wage and labor laws and reports it, this employee has protection under the plethora of California whistleblower laws. In some cases, it is possible for the employer to retaliate and wrongfully terminate the employee, demote the employee, or “wrongful constructive termination” which is when the employer makes the working environment so hostile the employee must leave.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
This body of government is a federal agency that assists and mediates workplace discrimination. The function of the commission is to evaluate and investigate claims by employees against their employers for discrimination based on an individual’s race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, gender choice, and genetic information. The commission will also investigate any employer retaliation for reporting the violation.
Sexual Harassment and Hostile Work Environment
There are two different types of sexual harassment that an employee can be a victim of: “quid pro quo” and hostile work environment. In a quid pro quo environment, the employee’s benefits are based on giving in to what their supervisor asks of them in a sexual manner.
In a hostile work environment, the employee is continuously harassed with discussion, pictures, and comments of a sexual nature that are unwelcome and do not stop after the employee has asked the offenders to stop.
While California is an at-will employment state, wrongful termination is very specific. It involves a violation of anti-discrimination laws at the federal level or a breach of contract by the employer. For example, an employee cannot be fired based on age, sex, ethnic background, religion, or disability. If this has happened to you, it is necessary to contact an employment lawyer as soon as possible.
Age discrimination is when an employee is treated unequally among the other employees based on their age. The Age Discrimination Employment Act applies to any employer forty years old or older from workplace discrimination. Discrimination is prohibited when considering hiring, firing, training, benefits, and promotions to any employee over forty years of age.
Marital Status Discrimination
Unfortunately, many employers discriminate against individuals that are married or are parents. of what your employer may think, it is illegal to treat an employee differently due to their marital status. In California, discrimination is prohibited against marital status and childbirth.
National Origin and Race Discrimination
Not only does the United States prohibit discrimination for national origin and race, but it is also illegal to discriminate based on an employee coming from a specific country, part of the world, ethnicity, accent, or if they appear from another part of the world but are not. This type of discrimination can also occur based on the ethnicity of the employee’s spouse.
According to the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, a woman cannot be denied a job, promotion, job duties, or projects based on pregnancy. Some types of discrimination that could come up in the workplace are:
- Firing or demoting a woman due to pregnancy
- Failure to provide reasonable accommodations for pregnant women
- Denying legally allowed time off for childbirth and recuperation
Under the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, any discrimination based on a person’s religious belief in the workplace is a serious violation. The law requires that the workplace provide accommodations to all religious beliefs and practices.
Title VII of the Equal Employment Opportunity Act prohibits employers from discriminating against another person based on their sex. This title also protects against discrimination based on sexual identity and sexual orientation.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does an employment lawyer do?
An employment lawyer will investigate and assist you in the workplace violation you suffered. They can help mediate your dispute or file a claim in court to get you the settlement you deserve. If court is necessary for your claim, let the California employment litigation experts at Berberian Ain handle everything from start to finish.
How much does an employment attorney cost?
Our offices offer a free consultation and work on a contingency basis, so you don’t have to worry about upfront costs. Contingency means that we are paid only if you win your case. That means our interests are aligned and we are truly your partner. If we need to go to court, expert witness fees, court fees, and other expenses are deducted from your settlement or verdict.
Should I hire an employment lawyer?
If you think you might have an employment dispute, a free consultation is the best route to figure out whether you are a victim of a workplace violation.
When should you talk to an employment lawyer?
It is imperative that you speak to an employment lawyer as soon as you think there has been a workplace violation. You want to make sure you preserve your rights and voice the violation in a timely manner.
How much does it cost to sue your employer?
For many workers in the difficult position of having to sue their employer, money can be a big obstacle. These sorts of lawsuits can be very expensive, from expert witness fees to court costs and other miscellaneous expenses. However, since we work on a contingency basis, those costs are deducted from an eventual settlement and you will pay nothing out of pocket. Contact your local Glendale employment law lawyer and schedule a free initial consultation today!
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Your case may seem overwhelming in the beginning, but there are others who have been in similar situations and found a way forward. Our team can help you make the next steps. Contact Berberian Ain LLP today to schedule a free initial consultation with our lawyers. You can also call us at 818-808-0048.