Employment Attorney for Amgen Employees

Amgen Employment – Aggressive and Results-Oriented Employee-Side Attorneys

Located near our Los Angeles office, Amgen is one of the nation’s leading biopharmaceutical companies.   In 2020, Amgen employees numbered over 22,000, and its net income was approximately $7.8 billion.  Although it is a highly regulated company, Amgen nonetheless faces many of the same federal and state laws as other similarly situated companies.  Through publicly-available channels, we have received reports of race and national origin discrimination along with harassment and retaliation.  Even though Amgen boasts that it fields a non-discrimination and harassment free workplace, policies sometimes do not reflect reality.

Over the last several years, we have noticed an increased number of employment discrimination lawsuits against biotechnology and engineering companies based in California.  Courts are constantly ruling on employer violations of labor laws.  Further, our office is in daily communication with our affiliated attorneys who monitor settlements against employers for rampant age discrimination, Equal Pay Act violations, Unfair Competition Law violations, hiring discriminations, sexual harassment, gender discrimination, gender stereotyping, whistleblower retaliation, and other pervasive sexual misconduct.

If you are a former or current employee at Amgen, please be aware that there are others in your place that have had the courage to put a stop to such behavior.  We have assisted employees in filing complaints with state agencies and have filed lawsuits leading to settlements holding many California companies accountable for a culture filled with bias, harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and intimidation.  We continually receive reports of rampant hostile work environment and unlawful wage disparity.  If you have any questions about employment rights in California, complete the in-take form or call us.  On our site, we offer tips on California laws that we hope can clarify and educate.

What Paid Sick Leave Protections are Provided by California?

Unlike federal law, California requires employers to provide paid sick leave to employees. Under the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act, California employees who have worked at least 30 days for the same employer must be given leave by one of the following methods: One hour of paid leave accrued for every 30 hours worked, a front-loaded annual grant of 24 hours or three days of paid leave, accrued paid leave by some other method that provides at least 24 hours of accrued leave by the 120th day of employment or in each 12-month period.

Employees may use the leave for diagnosis, care, or treatment of a health condition of the employee or employee’s family member, or for services necessary for the safety of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking. The law also imposes recordkeeping requirements on employers. For more information on California’s paid sick leave law, please contact us.

Please also note that several municipalities in California have their own paid sick leave ordinances for certain private employees. For an overview of the growing list of municipalities requiring private employers to provide sick leave, call us and we will be happy to provide the exact laws pertaining to your area.  If employers do not already offer paid time off that meets California’s requirements, they must adapt their policies for California employees.

What are the laws protecting Pregnancy Disability Leave in 2020?

The federal Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) is similar to the California Family Rights Act (“CFRA”) in many ways, but there are some major differences. One major difference is the leave granted to employees disabled by pregnancy or childbirth. The FMLA:

  • Applies to employers with at least 50 employees.
  • Permits employees disabled by pregnancy to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave.
  • Is capped at 12 weeks total because it does not separate pregnancy leave from leave following childbirth.

In California, pregnancy leave is not covered by the CFRA, but by California’s Pregnancy Disability Leave Law (“PDLL”). The PDLL:

  • Applies to all employers with at least five (5) employees.
  • Permits employees disabled by pregnancy or childbirth to take up to four months of unpaid leave.
  • Requires employers to offer job transfers, reduced work schedules, or other reasonable accommodations to qualified employees.

PDL leave, therefore, is applicable to small businesses and is, in addition, to leave for the birth of a child under the CFRA, meaning California employees are eligible for up to seven months of leave if disabled by pregnancy.  Our office receives many calls regarding the PDLL, CFRA, and the FMLA.  Stephen Danz and Associates’ affiliated employment attorneys handle cases solely on behalf of local employees who have experienced labor law violations such as discrimination, wrongful termination, sexual harassment, unequal pay, and retaliation.  Our experienced and dedicated attorneys understand the client’s needs to protect his or her rights and income as well as the ability to continue to work.  When you trust us with your case, we represent you and your interests with confidence and transparency.  Our reputation speaks for itself as we tirelessly work to represent your employment interests so that your professional and financial futures are protected.

We devote our practice to fighting for workers’ rights.  Employment law in California is a specialized area and cases are hard-fought.  Therefore, having a reputable employee-side law firm on your side is critical.  If you are in California and searching for attorneys that are both experienced and aggressive, look no further and contact one of our offices.  When encountering discrimination, wrongful termination, or retaliation in the workplace, many California employees have turned to our attorneys for guidance.  In turn, we represent employees throughout California in their fight against employers that have taken advantage of their upper hand.  Our attorneys cover cities in Northern California and Southern California as the State’s courts are as specialized and diverse as the State’s landscape.