There are many California and federal laws in place to protect the rights of employees. Many employers count on the fact that most employees do not understand these laws that exist to protect them.
The lawyers at JML Law, A Professional Law Corporation, in Woodland Hills have been representing workers who are treated unfairly or who are wrongfully fired for over 40 years. During that time, Joseph M. Lovretovich has taken employers all the way to the California Supreme Court to protect the rights of our clients in Los Angeles County, Orange County, San Francisco and throughout California.
Dedicated To Protecting Your Rights In The Workplace
Our employment law attorneys are creative, compassionate and seasoned. We litigate the full spectrum of employment claim and dispute topics. We understand that losing a job can have a devastating effect not only on the financial well-being of our clients, but also on their emotional well-being and that of their families. We are sympathetic to our clients’ needs and will help them obtain professional medical help if necessary. We take on challenging cases involving large corporations as well as complex and highly consequential noncompete agreements. We stand up for the rights of employees and groups of employees in claims involving:
- Discrimination, including race, sex, gender and age discrimination claims
- Sexual harassment and assault claims
- Wage and hour violations, including unpaid overtime
- Wrongful termination
- Failure to pay commissions and fair wages
- Family and Medical Leave Act and California Family Rights Act violations
- Defamation claims
- Severance agreements
- Restrictive covenants such as nondisclosure and noncompete agreements
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We have the resources, experience and network of expertise to represent your case in any legal forum. We guide you through state and federal legal procedures, claim filing and lawsuit filing if necessary.
In all cases, it is important to consult an experienced employment law attorney as soon as possible. Short statutes of limitations apply in many cases, and achieving justice and fair compensation in your case may take time. In many instances, it is critical that employees obtain legal counsel even while still employed to protect their rights. We are here to provide that counsel.
Loss of employment, discrimination, harassment, unlawful restrictive covenants and other employment law violations in California have significant financial consequences for most people. Additionally, many of our clients suffer traumatic psychological consequences.
We will work to ensure that you are fairly compensated, your rights are protected and your future holds promise. Our attorneys specialize in employment law for executives, salespeople, engineers, tech industry workers, hospitality workers, service industry workers, union employees, nonprofit organization employees among others.
State and federal protections for workers in Los Angeles
Employees in California are protected under both federal and state laws concerning discrimination in the workplace. In general, the protections afforded at the federal level coincide with those at the state level, though California does offer additional protection above and beyond what federal law offers. Generally, it is illegal to discriminate against a person based on their:
- Marital status
- Race and color
- Religion or creed
- Sexual orientation
- Gender identity
- Pregnancy status
In addition to these protections, the state of California also affords certain rights to undocumented migrants. This is a group of workers that historically suffers from significant persecution from employers in the workplace, but we want you to know that these employees do have legal recourse when it comes to illegal treatment.
Additionally, the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission states that sexual harassment in the workplace is defined as:
- Any requests for sexual favors
- Any unwanted sexual advances
- Verbal harassment of a sexual nature
- Physical harassment of a sexual nature
Types of compensation you may be entitled to
In California, workers who have been discriminated against, experienced harassment, been wrongfully terminated, or experienced wage fraud may be entitled to various types of compensation for their claim. At JML Law, our qualified Los Angeles employment law attorneys are regularly able to help clients recover the following:
- Any back or front pay they are owed
- All unpaid wages or benefits
- Interest on unpaid wages
- Possible reinstatement to a job
- Possible promotion if one is warranted
- Pain and suffering or mental anguish damages
- Possible punitive damages against an employer
The total amount of compensation available for these claims will vary depending on the facts and circumstances surrounding each particular situation. A skilled employment law attorney in LA will thoroughly investigate the claim and help determine the appropriate amount that you should be entitled to.
Deadlines to file employment law claims in Los Angeles
As with any other lawsuit, there are deadlines in place for employment law cases. In California, most claimants will seek to pursue relief under federal law. However, a person must file their complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) within 300 days from the date of the last alleged unlawful act in the workplace. Often, this coincides with the date of a person’s wrongful termination, but it may include the date when a person last experienced discrimination or harassment in the workplace.
After a claim has been filed with the EEOC, the claimant will need to request a “Right-to-Sue” letter from the agency. If the claimant received this letter, they will have 90 days to file their lawsuit in federal court.
For employment law cases that revolve around unpaid wages or wage fraud, the claim generally needs to be filed in civil court or with the California Labor Commission within three years from the date the wages were earned but subsequently not paid.
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We handle all cases on a contingency fee basis. We don’t get paid unless we obtain a favorable settlement or verdict in your case.
Call 818-610-8800 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with our attorneys.