Kirtland & Packard, LLP evens the score. Our employment lawyers are some of the best in California. We represent wronged employees who need representation in pursuing the compensation they deserve.
Employment cases can be tricky- courts are historically reluctant to intrude too deeply into the employee-employer relationship. That's why it's so important you find an employment lawyer with a proven track record of successfully pursuing these cases.
If you live or work in Redondo Beach or any other southern California community, please call Kirtland & Packard, LLP today at 310-536-1000 for a free consultation.
Employment Law Cases
It's generally recognized that organizations have a tremendous amount of leeway to make the personnel decisions they believe are right for them – most employees are at-will, which means both the employee and employer can end the relationship at whatever point either desires.
However, this does not mean that an office is a fiefdom where the manager's decision can never be contested. California has strong labor laws that are designed to protect employees from being exploited by their employers.
Still, these laws are no good unless victims use them to pursue remedies for their victimization. And to do that, you need an experienced lawyer. Our employment lawyers have pursued claims related to:
- Employment discrimination. This may include hiring, promoting and making salary decisions on the basis of race, gender, or sexual orientation. In the state of California, it is also illegal to pass up for promotion, hire, fire, or in any other way treat an individual differently due to his or her religion, country of origin, disability, age, or ethnic background. California also extends protections to workers involved in union activity and whistleblowing from unfair treatment, including the withholding of non-economic benefits, due to these legally protected actions.
- Harassment. Sexual harassment at the workplace can take myriad forms. From subtle suggestions to more aggressive pursuits, this type of harassment is illegal and indefensible regardless of its intensity. Workers who are subjected to this type of mistreatment are entitled to legal recourse. If the company you work for has failed to address harassment, be it sexual, emotional, or physical, you may have legal options that can be used to restore a safe and comfortable workplace.
- Wrongful termination. In the state of California, it is illegal to fire someone for reporting harassment. It is also illegal to fire someone for reporting safety violations to OSHA, blowing the whistle on company wrongdoing, or pursuing their right to form a labor union. Firing an employee based on race, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or for any other non-performance or non-work-related issue is illegal in California.
- Violations of laws governing overtime. According to the Fair Labor Standards Act, all nonexempt employees working more than 40 hours in a single work week are entitled to wages “not less than time and one-half their regular rates of pay.” When companies get creative with hours or fail to pay overtime for hours worked over 40, the employee has been cheated out of fair pay.
- Violations of minimum wage laws. The minimum wage in California is $11 an hour for companies with 26+ employees. This rate is set to grow, one dollar at a time, over the next five years until it reaches $15 an hour in 2023. If you are of working age and are not being paid at least minimum wage, you may be entitled to seek back pay and other compensatory damages through legal action.
- Independent contractor classification. To avoid paying overtime or offering benefits, some companies will employ “independent contractors” who are not protected under California labor laws. In April of 2018, a unanimous decision from the California Supreme Court made it much more difficult to classify employees as independent contractors, but the practice is still far from uncommon. If you have been robbed of benefits and wages through misclassification, you may be entitled to significant compensation through legal action.
Pursuing these cases requires a firm understanding of all relevant local, state and federal laws. Our lawyers understand not only the letter of the laws and regulations, but their practical implications, as well as the precedents behind all of them.
We'll discuss your case and help you determine if you have a viable legal claim under California or federal employment law.
If you've been victimized by your employer and you're looking for an experienced employment lawyer to represent you in a legal claim in or near Redondo Beach, Torrance, or the South Bay, California area, please call Kirtland & Packard, LLP today at 310-536-1000 for a free consultation.