Whether you work for a Fortune 500 company or a small business, or in the entertainment industry, there are laws by which your employer must abide. These laws protect your rights and ensure that all workers are treated fairly. Unfortunately, some employers value profits over people, and not all employees know their rights. That’s where a Los Angeles employment attorney comes in.
If you are part of a protected class and have faced discrimination or harassment in the workplace, a Los Angeles employee rights lawyer can help.
The California Labor Code provides many protections for workers.
You have the right to:
If any of these rights were violated, you might be unsure what to do next. You may fear losing your job or experiencing an uncomfortable or hostile work environment. An experienced Los Angeles employment attorney can provide legal guidance and support.
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It can be challenging to know where to turn if you’re experiencing problems with your employer, and you may not know if a specific employment law pertains to your situation. Fortunately, there are resources available to help you.
First, you can contact your local Labor Commissioner’s Office. They can help you understand state- and industry-specific regulations and pursue any past wages due to you. If your workplace has a safety or health issue, you should contact CAL/OSHA. This includes inadequate personal protective equipment, exposure to dangerous chemicals, and malfunctioning machinery.
Lastly, you should always consult with an employee rights attorney, even if contacting a state agency doesn’t seem appropriate. If you have faced discrimination, harassment, or retaliation, a Los Angeles employment lawyer can help with your case—even if you haven’t reported the incident yet.
While this list is by no means exhaustive, here are some examples of employee rights violations that can occur in Los Angeles:
A lawyer can provide guidance if you’ve experienced an employee rights violation.
California Labor Code protects workers in Los Angeles and throughout the state. A Los Angeles employee rights lawyer can ensure that employers are held accountable for infractions against employment law.
Employees are often afraid to speak out about serious issues like age discrimination, sexual harassment, wage and hour violations, wrongful termination. Some employees may even be threatened by supervisors against doing so. Certain workers in agriculture or the film and entertainment industries may be especially vulnerable.
However, employment law is on your side. You may not be the only mistreated employee, so do not hesitate to contact an attorney for a free consultation to discuss your case.
If you are an at-will employee, your employer can terminate your employment anytime for any reason. You are still protected by laws restricting harassment and discrimination as an at-will employee.
In California, there is no legal requirement to pay employees severance if they are laid off. However, each company has different guidelines when it comes to severance pay. So, depending on your company, you could be entitled to severance pay after being laid off.
The statute of limitations for an employment law claim or lawsuit in California depends on the type of lawsuit you’re filing. In most cases, you have two to three years to file an employment lawsuit, but you should consult with an employment law firm to check the statute of limitations for your specific case.
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Trust our Los Angeles employment attorneys to uphold federal employment laws and fight for your rights in the workplace. Our employee rights lawyer is available for a consultation to discuss your options. Don't hesitate to contact Malk Law Firm today to tell us about your case.