A Leading Employment Law Firm for California’s Manufacturing Industry
Stephen Danz and Associates is a law firm dedicated to providing our clients with high-quality employment law services. When you are represented by our attorneys, we protect your job and livelihood. For years, we have represented employees in the manufacturing industry – one of the largest in California.
Our law firm attorneys and support staff, as well as co-counsel, are a powerful legal team on your side. We even the field when it comes to taking on the large employers and their defense counsels. California’s manufacturing industry, aside from being one of the largest in the United States, is diverse and complex. 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 who know about this industry. The attorney you trust should have the experience and fortitude to stand against the largest defense firms, and not be concerned about litigation.
Stephen Danz & Associates is a plaintiff-only law firm in California. 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. Below, we list several recent common COVID-19 questions we got from clients. Each situation is unique. Therefore, we encourage you to call us to discuss your case.
What laws protect California employees from discrimination or harassment at work during the COVID-19 crisis?
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), the ADA, and other federal, state, and local anti-discrimination laws prohibit discrimination based on protected classes including race, national origin, disability, genetic information, and age. Employees are still entitled to a workplace where decisions are made without regard to protected class status.
- The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued a message reminding employers to take action to prevent or correct discrimination based on race or national origin during the COVID-19 pandemic (See Message From EEOC Chair Janet Dhillon on National Origin and Race Discrimination During the COVID-19 Outbreak here: https://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/wysk/national_origin_race_discrimination_covid-19.cfm).
- The EEOC has closed its physical offices to the public during the pandemic but continues to process and investigate employment discrimination charges. The EEOC cannot change the statutory deadlines for filing a charge or federal lawsuit. Therefore, we continue to file charges as necessary using the EEOC’s Public Portal to preserve employees’ rights. Many federal and state courts have issued general or standard orders automatically suspending filing deadlines and postponing most types of non-essential hearings, trials, and other proceedings due to COVID-19.
- We routinely check the status of state courts or fair employment practices agencies (FEPAs) where an employment discrimination complaint or lawsuit should be filed.
Is COVID-19 considered a disability under the laws prohibiting disability discrimination?
Seasonal flu and other conditions of a short duration are generally not considered a disability under the ADA, although complications arising from COVID-19 may lead to the condition becoming an ADA-covered disability. The ADA also protects employees regarded as having a disability, which may give rise to an employment discrimination claim. California’s disability discrimination laws under the Department of Fair Employment and Housing define disability more broadly than the ADA. (See https://www.dfeh.ca.gov/peoplewithdisabilities/)