For those in the workforce, their job encompasses a significant portion of their lives. For some people, work is just a means to an end, but it is a means to fulfillment for others. Regardless of where you fall on the spectrum, you and your work should be treated fairly. Nobody should have to deal with workplace discrimination or worry about not being fairly compensated for their labor.
As a worker, you are protected by numerous labor laws and have multiple avenues that you can rely on to seek justice for any mistreatment you suffer from an employer. However, retaliating against an employer can be overwhelming due to the numerous forms, statutes, and procedures involved. For the average person, California labor laws may be challenging to understand. Fortunately, the residents of Torrance can enlist the help of an experienced employment lawyer from Blackstone law to help them assert their rights and pursue legal action against a discriminatory employer.
The issue of being mistreated by your employer runs across all of these distinct types of instances. Employment law cases come in a variety of shapes and sizes. A case could arise, for example, if your employer terminates your employment because of prejudice they have towards your race, gender, or national origin. Even if you are still employed, you can take precautions to protect yourself in such situations. However, the best course of action will be determined by the facts of each case.
Our attorneys at Blackstone help clients with a variety of employment-related issues. The following are examples of common employment law cases in California:
- Wrongful termination
- Wage law violations
- Illegal retaliation
- Contract violations
With so many labor laws in place, you may be unaware of your many legal rights. Your employer may have violated your rights and broken the law without your knowledge. You should seek legal advice if you suspect your labor or employment rights have been violated. Schedule a consultation with an experienced attorney who understands the nuance of employment law.
While businesses and employers wield considerable power, employees are not powerless in their struggle against them. Many government agencies have been established to settle employment-related issues or hold employers accountable for their wrongdoings.
U.S. Department of Labor
The U.S. Department of Labor takes labor law enforcement very seriously. Businesses that violate standards in areas like safety and health, minimum wage and overtime, workers’ compensation, child labor regulations, and more may face hefty penalties and even jail time if the violation occurs again.
Wage and Hour Division
If employees believe their employer is not paying the correct federal minimum wage or providing overtime compensation, they can file a complaint with the Wage and Hour Division. Because of the Fair Labor Standards Act, this branch of the Department of Labor is responsible for investigating labor law violations (FLSA). The Wage and Hour Division also has the authority to make its conclusions public and to speak with the media about the investigation’s findings.
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Suppose an employee files a discrimination complaint with the EEOC. In that case, the agency will decide if discrimination occurred, and if so, the employer will be forced to make specific attempts to remedy the situation with the affected employee. Anti-discrimination legislation has severe consequences. The court may award compensation and punitive damages to impacted employees as remedies.
Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA)
All companies are required by the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) to provide a safe working environment for their employees. OSHA regulations regulate hazardous equipment and substances and unhealthy working conditions.
Penalties for noncompliance can cost businesses thousands of dollars in fines, depending on the severity of the infringement. Depending on the infraction, the corporation may be required to pay fines for each incident of the violation and for each day the violation remains unfixed.
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
Under the FMLA, employers must provide eligible employees with unpaid leave. Employee complaints prompt investigations. Employers could be charged $178 if they only neglected to publish the required workplace information on employees’ FMLA rights.
If the investigator decides that they wrongfully terminated an employee based on FMLA restrictions, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission may intervene and order them to repay the employee’s wages plus interest and return their employment.
When an employee feels something is wrong, but their concern does not receive proper acknowledgment from their employer, it is advisable to seek legal advice from an experienced employment attorney. Employment attorneys ensure that employees are treated fairly and that companies comply with all local, state, and federal labor laws.
An employment lawyer can help an employee determine whether their rights have been violated and whether further action is necessary. The attorney will confirm that the employee has exhausted all internal options, such as reporting mistreatment in the manner outlined in the employee handbook. Also, employers and employees can engage with an employment lawyer to resolve concerns like salaries, safety, discrimination, and other workplace issues.
Though California is an at-will state, not every termination performed by a California employer is lawful. Workers have numerous rights, but they may not have the resources to protect them on their own effectively. Employment law encompasses a myriad of issues, so that workers would benefit greatly from an experienced lawyer with a nuanced understanding of employment law.
The legal team at Blackstone Law has extensive experience in employment law, and we guide our clients through the legal process, from the initial consultation to the final decision. We take pride in treating our clients like family and working hard to act in their best interests. Leveraging years of experience, we may be able to assess the specific details of your case and provide you with trustworthy legal advice. Schedule your free case review at (310) 956-4054 or with our contact form.