When you are having trouble in the Culver City, CA workplace, facing discrimination in hiring, or have been wrongfully terminated, an employment lawyer can help you seek a remedy. Employment law is extensive and touches on many different aspects of the employee/employer relationship. It’s important to have someone with extensive knowledge and experience in the field.
At the Law Offices of Miguel S. Ramirez, we have an understanding of the law that can be used to make a case for you. Miguel S. Ramirez spent a decade working for employers. Since then, he’s put the insight gained during that time to use for employees for another decade as a Culver City employment lawyer.
As your employment lawyer, we can help clarify what can seem like a daunting process. We can help you put together a substantial case from the information gathering to filing claims to making your case in court if needed. Employers have lawyers, sometimes teams of them, to argue their cases. Having a trustworthy lawyer on your side can help even your odds. We can help with all manner and variety of workplace issues.
Employers are prohibited from making an employment decision on the basis of:
We can help you navigate the complex process of dealing with employment discrimination. Before you can file a claim against the employer, you will need to file a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Typically, it is only once the EEOC has signed off that you can proceed with legal action against the employer. We can help you craft an EEOC claim that gives you a strong chance at approval for further legal action.
In California, unless specified by contract, employment is considered to be an “at-will” agreement between the employee and employer. This means that an employer is free to fire an employee for any reason, so long as it is not one of the reasons prohibited by law. This means that even an employee who has performed well at their job may be fired. However, California prohibits termination for a variety of reasons, including:
Understanding what is and what isn’t a possible case of wrongful termination can be difficult. If you reach out to our offices, we can help you understand if you may have a case or not.
Several different workplace violations fall under the category of wage and hour law. One of these concerns is breaks for either rest or meals. California law has a schedule for when employers are required to give their employees rest breaks and meal breaks. Failure to adhere to these schedules can be cause for action against an employer.
There are several ways in which employers violate the rights of employees with regard to wages. Unpaid wages can be a problem that employees sometimes face. Often, this can stem from employers not following overtime laws, which say that employees should be paid overtime at:
Another wage and hour issue that can occur is the misclassification of employees, often as a means of avoiding adherence to the break laws and overtime laws. This involves labeling employees as either independent contractors or as exempt when they don’t qualify.
There are also violations that occur around the timing and amount of an employee’s final paycheck. Employers are required to pay an employee’s final paycheck on their last day unless an employee quits with fewer than three days’ notice, in which case they are given 72 hours to pay. Employers may also attempt to pay less than is owed.
If you believe your wage and hour rights have been violated, be sure to document everything you can. When you call our offices, the more information you have, the better we will be able to help you.
Sexual harassment of any kind at the workplace, including any kind of quid pro quo offer, is never allowed. Please don’t wait before getting help dealing with any kind of sexual harassment issue.
A hostile work environment prevents any employee from fulfilling their job duties. Sexual harassment creates a hostile work environment, and there are also several other things that are considered to do so. These can be things like persistent, offensive jokes, intimidating behavior, offensive material, or targeting someone based on their:
Documenting what occurs at work can be tremendously important for any hostile work environment case.
In California, employers are obliged to give employees leave time, without the employee losing their job, for a few different reasons, including:
The qualifications for the leave, and the time associated with each form of leave, vary. If you’ve been denied leave, an employment lawyer can help you understand if it was a legitimate denial. Also, you may have a wrongful termination case if your employer fires you for requesting or taking a legally protected leave.
Discrimination against those with a disability occurs far too often in the workplace. Typically, this discrimination stems from the failure to adhere to the Americans with Disabilities Act or failure to provide reasonable accommodations. If you believe that you have been discriminated against as a result of your disability, we can help guide you through the difficult process of claims related to disability discrimination at work.
A less referenced but also important area of employment law is employee privacy concerns. These areas can be especially complex, but our office can help you understand if your privacy is violated in the workplace and how you can address it. Some employee privacy issues include:
The laws protecting workers in California are extensive. The protections include:
An employment lawyer can help you identify if you are the victim of a workplace violation. A lawyer can also help you with the process of investigating a claim and gathering the information you need. Depending on the particulars of your case, a lawyer can help identify the next steps, including filing a claim if necessary.
Aside from ensuring your safety, the most useful thing you can do immediately is to document everything you can that’s related to the case. The more information you have, the stronger your case. The next thing you’ll want to do is call our offices so we can help you put together your case.
Employment law is extensive, so if you have any questions, give us a call. Some common issues include:
Employment law is extensive and complex. It can seem daunting at times, but a good employment lawyer can help you understand your options. If you think you might be dealing with a workplace issue that might require a legal remedy, then it’s important you let an experienced lawyer get a look at it soon. Contact the Law Offices of Miguel S. Ramirez today and start the process of seeking a solution to your workplace issue.