Visalia, California – Employment Attorneys

Visalia, California – Employment Attorneys

Visalia and its surrounding area employees who believe that they have been subject to discrimination by their employer would benefit greatly by hiring a competent attorney to represent them.  The first step is to file a complaint with he right agency.  This is a requirement before employment actions are filed in court.  Such an agency as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) can try to broker a mutually beneficial solution between the employee and employer.  That way, we can avoid litigation entirely.  However, if the case is not resolved, the EEOC can file an action on the employee’s behalf or the can issue a “right to sue” letter where the employee and his or her attorney can file a lawsuit on his or her own.  Please note that there are time limits to filing these civil laws suits.

We devote our practice to fighting for workers’ rights.  Employment law in California is a specialized area and cases are hard-fought. If you are in Visalia, 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.

What Prohibitions are Provided by the California Whistleblower Protection Act?

The California Whistleblower Protection Act prohibits retaliation against government employees who disclose improper governmental activities. “Improper governmental activities” are activities that:

  • Violate laws, regulations, executive orders, California Rules of Court, and certain state policies and procedures
  • Are economically wasteful –or–
  • Involve gross misconduct, incompetency, or inefficiency

What is Prohibited Conduct under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”)?

The FEHA prohibits:

  • Discrimination in hiring and firing
  • Discrimination in the selection, termination, training, or other terms or treatment of an individual in any apprenticeship training program, any other training program leading to employment, an unpaid internship, or another limited duration program to provide unpaid work experience for an individual (as of January 1, 2015)
  • Discrimination in compensation or other terms, privileges, and conditions of employment
  • Printing or circulating a publication, employment application, or making a non-job related inquiry of an employee or applicant that expresses a limitation based upon a protected class
  • Retaliation against an employee for opposing discriminatory practices, filing a complaint, testifying, or assisting in a proceeding under the FEHA
  • Requiring a medical or psychological exam that is not a business necessity
  • Harassment
  • Aiding and abetting any prohibited acts under the FEHA
  • Failing to provide a reasonable accommodation for a physical or mental disability or medical condition
  • Failing to reasonably accommodate an employee’s religious beliefs or observance. As of January 1, 2015, this prohibition applies to apprenticeship training programs, unpaid internships, and any other programs providing unpaid experience for a person in the workplace or industry
  • Retaliation when an individual requests a reasonable accommodation, regardless of whether the request was actually granted
  • Subjecting an employee to a test for the presence of a genetic characteristic
  • Requiring a person to present a driver’s license, unless possessing a driver’s license is required by law or the lawful requirement of the employer (as of January 1, 2015)
  • Effective January 1, 2016, discriminating or retaliating against an employee for making a request for a reasonable accommodation on the basis of religion or disability –or–
  • Denying civil rights under Cal. Civ. Code §§ 51, 51.5, 51.7, 54, 54.1, or 54.2

How is Workers’ Compensation Claim Discrimination Protected?

California law protects from discrimination employees who are engaged or plan to be engaged in workers’ compensation proceedings.

What Protections are Available for Transgender Employees?

Effective January 1, 2016, California state agencies are prohibited from entering into contracts, in the amount of $100,000 or more, with companies that fail to provide transgender employees with the same health benefits as other company employees.

Stephen Danz and Associates’ and their affiliates located in or around Visalia, California, are a group of employment attorneys who handle cases on behalf of local employees that have experienced discrimination, wrongful termination, sexual harassment, unequal pay, and retaliation, and/or their employment rights were violated.  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.