Premier Employee Rights Lawyers in Culver City
Employers are required to comply with federal laws, state laws, and court decisions. There are laws that protect employees from discrimination – the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employee Act, and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to name a few. The Family and Medical Leave Act protects qualified workers who wish to take unpaid leave to help a seriously ill family member. The False Claims Act, the Dodd-Frank Act, and other laws protect whistleblowers who expose government fraud.
At Stephen Danz & Associates, our Culver City employee lawyers only represent employees whose rights have been violated. Founding partner, Stephen Danz, has tried 40 cases before juries and has helped numerous workers get justice. He has published employee rights articles in some of the leading legal employment journals. Attorney Danz and the many other lawyers at the firm have several hundred years of combined experience. They try cases before juries and judges, in federal and state court. They have experienced arbitration lawyers who also argue before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and other governmental agencies.
What damages are allowed in employee rights cases
Our lawyers prepare each case for trial and only recommend settlements when offers are just. Different remedies are available depending on the facts of your case and the applicable laws. Some of the more common remedies include:
- Back pay from the time of the discrimination or employee rights violation to the date of rehire or to the date your promotion is granted. Back benefits usually include the value of lost health benefits. Retirement benefits should be adjusted so that the employee is not penalized by the employer’s misconduct.
- Employees who weren’t considered for a job due to discrimination should be reconsidered
- Employees who failed to get a promotion should get the promotion or the next available promotion with appropriate pay and benefit adjustments
- Any employee terminated unjustly should be rehired with appropriate pay and benefit adjustments
- Legal fees and statutory damages when allowed. Punitive damages may be authorized too
- Employees should be required to establish new procedures to prevent future misconduct, harassment, abuse, or other employment wrongs
The types of cases our Culver City lawyers handle
- Employment discrimination. Workers who are discriminated based on any of the following factors may be able to hold their employer liable for employment discrimination
- Sexual orientation
- Marital status
- Age if 40 or older
- Military status
Discrimination laws generally apply to all phases of employment including hiring, firing, job promotion, an opportunity for advancement, and the ability to do one’s job in a non-hostile environment
- Wrongful determination. Our Culver City employee lawyers demand that employers reinstate workers with back pay and back benefits without interruption of any retirement benefits when employers:
- Retaliate against workers who assert their legal rights – including claiming workers’ compensation or filing a whistleblower claim
- Discriminate against workers based on a protected identity factor
- Fire an employer for refusing to go on a date or when the employer commits any sexual harassment wrong
- Unpaid leave to help family and yourself. The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) allows workers who meet the law’s requirements to take unpaid to enjoy bringing a newborn or new child into their family, to help seriously ill family members including the employee, and to help military personnel and their families. Leave is usually permitted for up to 12 weeks or more. The worker does not get paid while he/she isn’t working – but he/she also can’t be fired provided the worker properly explains the reason for the leave.
- Sexual harassment in the workplace. Every woman and man who works has the right to expect that they will be judged by their ability to do the job and nothing else. Workers have the right to expect decency at work instead of lewd comments, offensive sexual comments and social media posts, and romantic or sexual advances. Anyone harassed at work should immediately seek the help of an experienced Culver City employee rights attorney.
- California workers’ compensation. It’s frightening to be unable to work due to a job injury or occupational illness. Employers who are hurt at work should have the right to focus on getting healthy and not worrying about medical bills and the money they’re losing. California requires that injured employees receive work loss benefits (normally 2/3 of their weekly wages up to preset limits) until they can return to work. If they have a permanent disability, the worker should be awarded additional wages. Additionally, employers are responsible for the worker’s medical bills that are related to injury or job-related illness.
- Overtime wages and meal breaks. Employers can be ordered to provide meal breaks, pay lost overtime, pay legal fees, and pay statutory damages – if they violate your California right to earned overtime and meal breaks.
- Whistleblower claims. The federal and state governments reward workers who disclose that their employer is overbilling Medicare, charging Medicaid for treatments that aren’t needed, cheating the IRS, defrauding the U.S. Department of Defense, or committing a broad range of illegal acts for monetary gain. Our Culver City employee lawyers help workers protect their right to these rewards. We also immediately work to hold employers liable who retaliate against whistleblowers by bringing forceful legal actions.
Our trial attorneys represent workers in many other areas. If an employer is working to restrict your ability to earn a living in a way, our legal team is ready to fight for your rights.
Speak with a respected Culver City employee rights attorney as soon as you can
At Stephan Danz & Associates, our employee rights lawyers understand how hard you work to get an education and to learn job and trade skills. We believe it’s not only the law that employers must obey – but that treating workers with respect and honor makes for better employees. If an employer isn’t showing you the respect you deserve, know that you do have legal rights.
Our Culver City attorneys are ready to help you get justice. Please phone us today for an appointment by calling (877)-789-9707 or use our contact form to schedule a free consultation.