Practice Areas

Wage and Hour Violations

You work long hours at your job and should be compensated fairly. But not every employer abides by the law or has the best interests of their employees in mind. If your employer violated wage and hour laws and wrongfully denied you the pay you’re entitled, you may be able to take legal action. Learn More

Unpaid Wages

California's wage laws provide employees with significant protections. Being paid what you have earned, on time, is essential for you to afford your necessities, such as food, transportation, or housing. An employee who is not paid on time according to law may recover their unpaid wages, interest and other costs. Learn More

Unpaid Overtime

You work hard to earn a living, and you should be paid fairly for the hours you put in. Unfortunately, employers don’t always compensate their employees for all the time they’ve worked or the overtime they’ve rightfully earned. If your paycheck doesn’t reflect the extra hours you spent on the job, your employer may be in violation of the law. Learn More

Meal Break Violations

Meal breaks are a critical part of a long workday. While many employers make an effort to ensure that their workers are happy and healthy, others may wrongfully deny employees the right to have uninterrupted time off the clock. However, after spending a few hours on the job, a meal break isn’t only refreshing — it’s required by California law. Learn More

Rest Break Violations

Rest breaks are essential to employee well-being and productivity in the workplace. In fact, employers are required to give workers breaks during the workday under California law. Unfortunately, some employers disregard the physical and mental health needs of their workers — and ignore their legal obligations. Learn More

Independent Contractor Misclassification

Employees are provided with various wage and hour protections under California law, including meal breaks, rest breaks, minimum wage, and overtime pay. However, some employers willfully or mistakenly misclassify employees as independent contractors. In doing so, an employer might not only be violating the law, but wrongfully depriving a worker of their legal rights and benefits. Learn More

Other Types of Wage & Hour Violations

There are many ways an employer can violate California's wage and hour laws. Unpaid wages not only take the form of not receiving payment for work performed, but unpaid wages can also include unpaid commissions and not being compensated for accrued vacation time. Additionally, you may have a claim for business expenses that came out of your pocket. The best way to find out if you have a claim is to speak with an experienced employment lawyer. Learn More

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is still all too common in today’s workplace. Most of us probably know someone who has been sexually harassed. Yet it’s still shocking when it happens to us or a loved one. Fortunately, California and federal law provide strong remedies to stop harassment and compensate victims for their suffering. Learn More

Opposite Sex-Based Hostile Work Environment

Sexual harassment occurs all too frequently in the workplace. Despite the various laws that are in place to protect workers from these types of incidents, countless claims are filed every year in California related to hostile work environments. If your employer fails to provide a workplace free from sexual harassment, they may be held legally liable — and you might be entitled to compensation. Learn More

Same Sex-Based Hostile Work Environment

Sexual harassment in the workplace can take many forms. Not only can these types of violations be committed by members of the opposite sex, but it can also occur between those of the same sex. Critically, same sex-based hostile working environments are prohibited under both California and federal law. If you were subjected to same sex harassment in the workplace, you might be entitled to pursue legal action. Learn More

Unwanted Sexual Advances and Touches

No one should have to experience the humiliation of unwanted sexual advances and touches in the workplace. Unfortunately, some employers engage in this type of degrading behavior or simply ignore it when it occurs. If you have been subjected to sexual harassment, unwanted advances, or unwelcome touches in your place of employment, you may be able to take legal action. Learn More

Sexual Propositions

Employees should feel confident in knowing they are going into a safe working environment where they can accomplish tasks safely and comfortably. Unfortunately, sexual propositions and harassment are all too common in the workplace. Illegal sexual harassment not only causes employees to feel threatened and degraded, but it also has a negative effect on work productivity. If you have been subjected to an unwanted sexual proposition at work, it is crucial to find out if your employer is liable. Learn More

Discrimination

Discrimination in the workplace undermines the most profound and fundamental values of human equity and fairness. No employer has the right to treat you differently from others based on what you look like or who you are. If you believe that you have been subjected to discrimination in the workplace, you may have grounds to bring a legal action under California’s employment laws. Learn More

Disability Discrimination

Unfortunately, there are some employers that may intentionally or unintentionally discriminate against employees with disabilities. Not only is workplace disability discrimination wrong, but it is also illegal in California. If you have been subjected to disability discrimination by your employer, you may have cause to commence a lawsuit under state and federal employment laws. Learn More

Gender & Sexual Orientation Discrimination

Compassionate Counsel and Skilled Advocacy to Protect Your Rights Despite the federal and state laws that are in place to protect employees from unlawful discrimination, sexual orientation and gender discrimination occur all too frequently in California workplaces. This type of discrimination arises when a worker is subjected to harassment, terminated, or otherwise subjected to adverse employment action due to their gender identity or LGBTQ+ status. Not only can gender or sexual orientation disc… Learn More

Race Discrimination

Being a victim of race discrimination in the workplace can have a devastating emotional and economic impact. Not only is it wrong to be treated differently by your employer because of what you look like — but it’s also illegal under state and federal law. If you have been discriminated against by your employer due to your race, color, or ethnicity, you may be entitled to file a lawsuit to recover your damages. Learn More

Other Types of Discrimination

Experienced Discrimination Lawyer Safeguarding the Rights of Employees Everyone deserves a safe and comfortable working environment free from harassment and discrimination. While it’s commonly known that discrimination based on race, gender, and disability is prohibited in the workplace, there are many other types of discrimination that are also illegal. Having a knowledgeable and experienced discrimination lawyer can make or break your case. Notably, California law offers broad protection for… Learn More

Retaliation & Wrongful Termination

California is an “at-will” employment state. This means that either the employer or employee can end the employment relationship at any time and for any reason — as long as it isn’t discriminatory or retaliatory. Unfortunately, employees are fired or laid off by employers for illegal reasons every day. In these cases, an employee may have the right to commence a wrongful termination lawsuit. Learn More

Health & Safety Retaliation & Wrongful Termination

Whistleblower Retaliation & Wrongful Termination

Informing your company of either potential or actual illegal acts often constitutes whistleblowing. Employees do not need to know with 100% certainty that a crime has been committed. All that is required is a good faith basis that there is a violation of the law. Refusal to participate in prohibited or illegal activity may also constitute whistleblowing under the law. If you are a whistleblower under the law, you receive special protections against retaliation from your employer. Learn More

Wage & Hour Retaliation & Wrongful Termination

Medical/Family Leave Retaliation & Wrongful Termination

Unfortunately, some employers attempt to discourage their employees from taking medical or disability leave by threatening them with a lower salary, job seniority demotions, or job termination. Other employers misinterpret the law and give only a fraction of the protection or support that is required by the law. Employers who violate your right to medical and disability leave can be liable for your lost wages, benefits and other financial damages. Learn More

Pregnancy Disability, Maternity, and Medical Leave

The last thing any expectant mother wants to have on her mind is whether she will keep her job for tending to herself or her newborn. The law prohibits discrimination based on pregnancy and employers must treat pregnant employees the same as non-pregnant employees. Employers who violate a pregnant employee’s rights may be liable for unpaid wages, lost benefits, reinstatement of employment, or other financial damages. Learn More

Other Types of Retaliation & Wrongful Termination

Class Actions

An employer’s wrongful actions may not affect just one employee. Some employers engage in illegal practices that can affect many workers. A class action lawsuit can help a group of employees who have experienced the same wrong by their employer obtain redress for the harm they have endured. Learn More

Contracts and Severance Agreements

Employers don’t always act in the best interests of their employees. Many times, employees are presented with contracts or severance agreements that are one-sided and only protect the employer. Before you sign your name to any employment document, it’s critical to fully understand what you’re agreeing to and what you might be giving up. Learn More