Fairfield California – Employment Attorneys
At Stephen Danz and Associates, our attorneys have the knowledge and experience to fight against employer wrongs in the workplace. Many of these wrongs arrive in the form of discriminatory and retaliatory situations facing employees. When you contact our office, we will assign an attorney to your matter and Stephen Danz himself will supervise the process. Upon investigation, we will subpoena records from your employer to see whether any unfair treatment took place that violated a protected category. At different stages – whether before discovery or after – we can and will provide you with the compensation that you deserve.
The most common types of discriminatory actions that California employees face in the workplace include gender discrimination, racial discrimination, and religious discrimination. When gender discrimination occurs, employees may receive unfair treatment simply due to their gender. To combat such actions, state and federal laws make the actions unlawful for employers. Therefore, those employers or managers who discriminate against potential or current employees violate the law when they consider gender for work-related items such as pay, promotions, benefits, work training, or other employment privileges.
Similar to gender discrimination, race discrimination occurs when applicants or employees have a difficult time obtaining jobs or working for companies due to their race. Specifically, these individuals are treated unfairly in violation of state and federal protective laws. Finally, religious discrimination rears its ugly head when employers require employees to work on religious holidays and they are not provided with reasonable accommodations to freely practice their religion. Specifically, some employees are forbidden from wearing traditional clothing or face covering. These are all protected under both state and federal laws.
Stephen Danz and Associates and their affiliates are employment attorneys in Fairfield, California, who handle cases on behalf of local employees that have experienced discrimination, wrongful termination, sexual harassment, unequal pay, and retaliation. Our experienced and dedicated attorneys understand the client 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 entire practice to fighting for workers’ rights. Employment law in California is a specialized area and cases are hard-fought. Therefore, having one of the top-rated employment attorneys in Fairfield is critical. If you are in Fairfield, California and searching for attorneys that are both experienced and aggressive, look no further and contact our office. When encountering discrimination, wrongful termination, or retaliation in the workplace, many California employees have turned to our offices 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.
Our attorneys have recently confronted the Faragher-Ellerth defense which does not apply to sexual harassment claims under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”). However, the employer may plead and prove this defense based on the avoidable consequences doctrine to reduce damages. The law requires the employer to show that:
- It took reasonable steps to prevent and correct workplace harassment
- The employee unreasonably failed to use the preventative and corrective measures provided by the employer –and–
- Reasonable use of the employer’s preventive and corrective measures would have prevented at least some of the harm the employee suffered
(State Dept. of Health Services v. Superior Court, 31 Cal. 4th 1026 (2003).)
The employer is liable for harassment by a nonsupervisory employee only if it knew or should have known about the harassing conduct and failed to take immediate and appropriate corrective action. The employer may also be liable for sexual harassment by non-employees based upon the control and other legal responsibility it has over the non-employee. (Cal. Gov. Code § 12940(j)(1).) However, effective January 1, 2019, the employer may be liable for any harassment by non-employees, not just sexual harassment. (Cal. Gov. Code § 12940(j)(1).) We are monitoring this and other developments in the labor law field. Call us with any questions or to discuss your case.