Stephen Danz & Associates | Pacific Palisades Employment Attorney
In California, there are state and federal statutes, codes, regulations, constitutions, and other laws that give employees their rights at work. However, an employee’s rights may be restricted, and you should always verify the exact, up to date law on employment rights. The most accurate way to find out if you have a certain legal right in your work environment is to speak to an employment law specialist at Stephen Danz & Associates in Pacific Palisades. Always try to speak to a skilled attorney, if possible, before asserting a legal right in the workplace. An attorney can help you develop a plan to protect your rights so that you will have some defense from possible retaliation from your employer. Some laws in California, Los Angeles, even Pacific Palisades makes it illegal to fire an employee for just any reason. There are employment laws that ensure that an employee is legally protected from termination or retaliation if they complain about denial of a legal right that is contained in a statute or regulation, which is meant to serve a public interest. For example, laws that require employers to reasonably accommodate disabled employees, protecting disabled persons from discrimination so they can work and support themselves. The Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement are all government entities that defend employee rights.
Services Provided By the Attorneys at Stephen Danz & Associates in Pacific Palisades
The following is a list of the most common practice areas our employment attorneys handle for Pacific Palisades residents:
- Harassment at Work
- Hostile work environment
- Sexual harassment
- Racial discrimination
- Disability discrimination
- Age discrimination
- Workplace safety and OSHA violations
- Employee misclassification as a contractor
- Wrongful termination
- Wage, overtime, and hour disputes
- FMLA / CFRA – Pregnancy Leave Violations
- Whistleblower, Retaliation
- Qui Tam, Federal False Claims
Hostile Work Environment & Sexual Harassment Lawsuits
In California, civil harassment suits are typically started because of an unfair, hostile work environment or when a supervisor or co-worker harass an employee for any reason. Hostile work environment lawsuits are started for breaking Title VII of the Fair Employment and Housing Act. An experienced Harassment Attorney should be spoken with to define the type of hostile work environment you are experiencing.
The Fair Employment and Housing Act in California state it is illegal to harass an employee because of any of the listed characteristics: race, religion, skin color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, age, or sexual orientation. An employer is held responsible for any harassment at the workplace. If another employee is doing the harassment, the employer is still responsible, if the employer is aware of the behavior but does not take prompt action to defend the employee. The Law Offices of Stephen Danz & Associates has skilled Sexual Harassment Lawyers in the Pacific Palisades & throughout the Los Angeles area with a vast amount of experience about the applicable laws and may be able to help you in getting the justice you deserve.
Hostile Work Environment Lawyers Stephen Danz & Associates
For an unlawful hostile work environment to enter a civil suit under the Fair Employment and Housing Act, it must be severe enough so that another rational person in the same circumstance would consider the environment to be tense. Be sure to consult a hostile work environment lawyer to determine if the harassment at work you are experiencing is truly at the severity of a hostile work environment.
Quid Pro Quo – Sexual Harassment Lawyers Stephen Danz & Associates
One more kind of unlawful harassment under the Fair Employment and Housing Act is quid pro quo sexual harassment. This type of unlawful behavior occurs when the supervisor makes unwanted sexual advances toward an employee. Make sure to consult Sexual Harassment Lawyers Stephen Danz & Associates who have extensive experience in handling these kinds of cases of workplace harassment in Pacific Palisades and be sure to understand your rights.
Lawyers Stephen Danz & Associates Protect Your Rights in California
In California, there are three typical forms of wrongful termination cases. Commonly, employees are wrongfully terminated when a law was violated, public policy was violated, or a contract was breached. We advise that you speak with a skilled wrongful termination lawyer, who is experienced and knowledgeable about employment law such as our lawyers at Stephen Danz & Associates, to help you decide if your termination was wrongful and if so, how it can support a civil lawsuit. At Stephen Danz & Associates we are experienced and confident wrongful termination lawyers, who practice in Pacific Palisades and throughout Los Angeles California.
Employment Discrimination Lawyers Stephen Danz & Associates
What qualifies as Employment Discrimination?
California employment law can be quite complicating and is always changing; you should always do your best to utilize only the most knowledgeable legal services so you can understand your proper rights as an employee. To determine whether a certain type of discrimination is unlawful, you should speak to an attorney from Stephen Danz & Associates who has the experienced employment discrimination lawyers. Stephen Danz & Associates has some of the best employment discrimination lawyers serving the residents of Pacific Palisades.
Types of Discrimination That is Illegal according to The Fair Employment And Housing Act
The Fair Employment and Housing Act in California make it illegal for an employer to discriminate against an employee due to the following characteristics; race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, pregnancy, age, or sexual orientation. Also, the Fair Employment and Housing Act contains the California Family Rights Act and the California Pregnancy Disability Leave Law, which makes it illegal for an employer to discriminate against an employee as to the terms, conditions, or privileges of their employment, or terminate an employee, because they needed a medical leave, family leave, or pregnancy disability leave that qualifies for protection under these acts. Employment discrimination law is very complicated, and an employee should always consult with a skilled employment discrimination lawyer at Stephen Danz & Associates to determine whether their particular situation qualifies for protection under the law.
Retaliation Lawyers Stephen Danz & Associates
Retaliation can come in many forms such as termination, lower authority, lower salary, strict discipline, harassment, job title changes, or undesirable shift changes. For retaliation to qualify for a case there must be a notable form of damage to the employee caused by the retaliation. Usually, the damage caused to an employee because of retaliation is some form of adverse employment action like a termination, demotion or salary reduction, where there is some kind of loss to the employee. However, even harder to notice conduct can support a lawsuit for retaliation when that conduct discriminates against an employee’s terms of employment.
Whistleblower Retaliation Law Attorneys Stephen Danz & Associates
A whistleblower is defined as an employee who refuses to engage in and reports illegal activities, which the employer is partaking in. In most cases, the employee is protected against retaliation from the employer for refusing to engage in unlawful conduct, complaining about unlawful conduct, or reporting unlawful conduct to the proper governmental agency. Laws that protect whistleblowers can be complicated, so you should always consult an experienced employment law attorney at Stephen Danz & Associates to determine whether your particular conduct is protected under the law.
Family and Medical Leave Violation Lawyers Stephen Danz & Associates
In California, eligible employees are often protected by both federal and state laws when they need medical, or family care leave. Always contact a skilled employment law expert at Stephen Danz & Associates who is experienced in both federal and state laws protecting employees who take family care and medical leave. The Family and Medical Leave Act, or FMLA, is an Act under federal law, which entitles eligible employees of covered employers to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons with continuation of group health insurance coverage under the same terms and conditions as if the employee had not taken leave. Eligible employees are entitled to
Twelve workweeks of leave in a 12-month period for:
- the birth of a child and to care for the newborn child within one year of birth;
- the placement with the employee of a child for adoption or foster care and to care for the newly placed child within one year of placement;
- to care for the employee’s spouse, child, or parent who has a serious health condition;
- a serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform the essential functions of his or her job; or
- any qualifying exigency arising out of the fact that the employee’s spouse, son, daughter, or parent is a covered military member on “covered active duty.”
Our team of California employment attorneys has the experience, knowledge, and tenacity to make your case the strongest possible one for you to be awarded the compensation you deserve. Communication is key for everything, but especially for a law firm. We will keep you updated on the status of your case, and you can always call us.
A free and confidential consultation with our highly experienced attorneys is available to you.
Our team of legal experts at Stephen Danz & Associates provides a free, confidential case evaluation for all employees in need of employment law services. You can call or email us today, and our team will be happy to hear your case and let you know our expert legal opinion regarding the best course of action.