Employment Attorney for Workers in the Agriculture and Fishing Industry

California Employment Attorneys Representing Employees in the Agriculture and Fishing Industries

California is known as an agricultural powerhouse.  Certain areas in Central California are dedicated to growing most of the major crops consumed by our State’s millions of residents.  Along with such demand, we have seen much unlawful conduct and behavioral towards employees in this much-needed sector.  Sadly, employees and workers consistently face violations in terms of pay, working conditions, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination.  Although wages have been rising on farms, other segments of this industry have felt the burden of price wars and unscrupulous companies and supervisors who are relentless in their discriminatory actions.  To combat such violations, Stephen Danz and Associates has aggressively represented many employees in the agriculture and fishing industries who were affected by the violations.

Our attorneys are also dedicated to representing employees in the fishing industry.  For many years, we have had clients who even refer us their colleagues and friends.  Our law firm attorneys and support staff, along with co-counsel, are a powerful legal team.  We even the field when it comes to taking on the large employers and their defense counsels.  California’s agriculture and fishing industries have companies that are diverse and complex.  It is also one of the largest industries in the United States.  Accordingly, employees who face discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wrongful termination, or related employer prohibited activity, should seek the help of competent and knowledgeable California employment lawyers.  The attorney you trust should have the experience and fortitude to stand against the largest defense firms, and not be concerned about litigation.

How is Medical Condition Used to Discriminate Against Employees in the Agriculture Industry?

First, we must understand how FEHA defines “Medical Condition.”  Medical condition is narrowly defined as falling within only the following categories: Cancer-linked. That is, a physical or mental health impairment related to or associated with a diagnosis, record, or history of cancer, or genetic characteristics.

A genetic characteristic refers to one that is currently not associated with any disease or disorder symptoms and falls within one of the following categories: A scientifically or medically identifiable gene or chromosome (or a combination or alteration of them) that is either: known to be a cause of a person’s (or their offspring’s) disease or disorder; or determined to be associated with a statistically increased risk of developing a disease or disorder.

In addition, genetic characteristics are inherited characteristics, which refer to ones that are either: possibly derived from the individual or family member; known to be a cause of a disease or disorder in a person or their offspring; or determined to be associated with a statistically increased risk of developing a disease or disorder.

How does FEHA Protect Employees’ Genetic Information?

Genetic information refers to:

  • An individual’s genetic tests.
  • Family members’ genetic tests.
  • Family members’ diseases or disorders.
  • An individual or their family member’s request for, or receipt of, genetic services; or participation in clinical research that includes genetic services.

The FEHA expressly excludes information about the sex or age of any individual from the definition of genetic information.

How does FEHA define Protected Marital Status?

Marital status, as a protected category, refers to an individual’s state of marriage, on-marriage, divorce or dissolution, separation, widowhood, annulment, another marital state.

At What Age Does FEHA Protect Employees Against Age Discrimination?

Under the FEHA, age is defined as 40 years or older and those employees are protected.

Why Contact Us?

Our leadership has practiced law in California for five decades.  Accordingly, the experience, resources, and years of litigation prepared us to fight for your legal rights in California’s state and federal courts.  The team focuses only on employment law and therefore can provide clients with maximum compensation and most favorable results.  This is critical as employment laws constantly change – whether it is the types of charges, defenses, deadlines, or court rules.  Trust our team for its transparency, knowledge and constant communication.