Workers in California enjoy some of the strongest legal protections in the entire United States. The State – and individual cities, especially San Francisco – have been pioneers of progressive employment laws. The San Francisco employment attorneys at Olivier & Schreiber LLP fight hard to protect employee’s legal rights. We are here to answer all your questions about many different types of employment rights. Here are just some of the many employment law claims we handle:
You have the legal right to be paid the compensation you are owed under an employment contract. This includes bonuses, commissions, and stock options. You are also entitled to overtime pay when required by law. Some employers try to get around these issues by asking you not to clock in or by requiring attendance at unpaid social or training events. If you have questions about wage and hour issues, be sure to contact a lawyer as soon as you can. The statute of limitations begins to run on these claims as soon as your pay issue arises.
There are many different forms of gender discrimination in the workplace. Sexual harassment is considered a form of gender discrimination because it changes the conditions of your employment as a result of your gender. This is also why you cannot be discriminated against based on pregnancy, sexual orientation, or gender identity. California has enacted some of the nation’s first comprehensive legal protections for gender identity expression in the workplace. These laws include strict penalties for employers that allow discrimination on the basis of gender identity.
The Civil Rights Act prohibits termination of employment based upon race, color, religion, national origin. Gender discrimination laws also prohibit termination on the basis of gender or pregnancy. Whistleblower laws prohibit termination as discrimination for engaging in protected whistleblower activities. There are also many individual employment laws at the local, state, and federal level that prohibit termination as retaliation against employees who report legal violations. Remember that the company’s attorneys and HR department are trying to protect your employer – not you. You need your own attorney to investigate a wrongful termination claim.
It is important for employees to report wrongdoing and illegal activity, but it is also important for them to have legal protection when they do. Whistleblower laws protect only specific activities. If you do not meet the requirements of whistleblower statutes, you could find yourself facing discipline, or even termination, without repercussion to the employer. Consult with a whistleblower attorney before you make reports on wrongdoing. Your attorney will protect your legal rights by ensuring that your report is made to the appropriate authority with appropriate documentation.
The experienced employment lawyers at Olivier & Schreiber LLP have years of experience handling all types of employee rights cases. Our San Francisco employment attorneys work to protect all of an employee’s legal rights in the workplace. Call (415) 484-0980 or visit our website to schedule your consultation today.
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