Employees work for their paychecks, but that does not mean they should accept less than fair treatment in the workplace. According to the Hiscox Guide to Employee Lawsuits, the average United States company has an estimated 10.5% chance of receiving an employment charge filed against them. In contrast, California employers have a 46% higher than average chance of experiencing charges and litigation.
The reason for these statistics is that not all employees and co-workers treat those around them with the respect and courtesy they deserve. If you are experiencing an employment issue and would like to take legal action, the Anaheim employment attorneys at Blackstone Law are ready and waiting to help you.
At Blackstone Law, we are equipped to handle a multitude of different employment cases. Below, we have listed some of the employment cases that can be filed if you are experiencing issues at your workplace in Anaheim:
Minimum Wage Violations
In California, all employers are required by law to pay their employees the minimum wage and provide employees with rest breaks and meal breaks. As of 2021, the minimum wage state-wide is $14.00 per hour if you work for a company with twenty-six or more employees.
If you work for a business that has less than twenty-six employees, your employer is required to pay you a minimum wage of $13.00 per hour. If you are receiving less than this, your employer is in violation of the minimum wage requirements. A common way for employers to get out of paying you your hourly wage is by asking you to work off the clock. This is a wage violation.
In addition, you must be paid for the overtime you have worked. You should be careful because employers will try to avoid paying overtime and wage requirements by classifying a non-exempt employee as exempt. Essentially, if you work more than forty hours a week, you need to be paid overtime. If you’re not being paid overtime, your employment rights are being violated.
Workplace harassment lawsuits are another type of commonly seen lawsuit. In California, all employees are protected against sexual harassment and hostile work environment harassment. Harassment based on race, pregnancy, age, sex, national origin, disability, gender, sexual orientation, and religion could also be grounds for a workplace harassment lawsuit.
Even though employment in Anaheim, California, is at-will, there are certain reasons for dismissal that are illegal. Wrongful employment termination occurs when an employee is dismissed on the basis of the following:
- Age, religion, sex, or other protected traits
- For filing a worker’s compensation claim
- For taking leave that is legally owed under the Family and Medical Leave Act
- For refusing to participate in workplace discrimination, objecting to such discrimination, or filing a complaint against workplace discrimination
- For becoming pregnant
- For objecting to unpaid wages
If you believe that you have been wrongfully terminated, you should contact an Anaheim employment lawyer at Blackstone Law as soon as possible.
Employer retaliation occurs when an employer purposely punishes one or more employees for engaging in what is deemed to be a legally protected activity. Unfortunately, many employers choose to retaliate against employees when the employees decide to stand up for their rights.
Employer retaliation can take the form of demotions, disciplinary hearings, salary reductions, and job or shift reassignment. When is employer retaliation illegal? Employer retaliation is illegal if an employer’s adverse reaction would stop a reasonable individual from making a complaint against their employer.
As you now know, employment law is often complex and, at times, incredibly challenging to navigate. Every employment case is different, which is why it’s crucial to seek legal counsel from a trusted and respected Anaheim employment lawyer.
With the right employment attorney, you have a higher likelihood of obtaining the compensation you deserve. At Blackstone Law, we will listen to your entire story to determine how we can assist you. Our award-winning law firm has the necessary knowledge to build a strong employment case on your behalf. If you would like to begin legal proceedings, you can contact us here or call us at (310) 956-4054 to book a free consultation with one of our firm’s highly skilled Anaheim lawyers.