Stephen Danz & Associates. Strong Advocacy for Victims of Employment Discrimination in Whittier
There are federal and California rules that govern how employers must treat their workers. Employers can’t just hire whomever they want. They can’t fire workers who have given their heart and soul to a company based on the way an employee looks. Employees have the right to expect that promotions will be based on merit and not on their genetic makeup.
At Stephen Danz & Associates, we have numerous offices throughout California to serve the victims of discrimination or improper employer conduct. Our lawyers have several hundred years of combined experience. We try the case in federal courts, state courts, and before a variety of governmental agencies. When workers are treated improperly, our lawyers hold employers liable to the letter of the laws and court decisions. Accountability means demanding that employees covered by discrimination and employment laws:
- Be hired based on their ability to do the job and not race, religion, or other personal characteristics
- Be reinstated if they are wrongfully fired and be promoted if their failure to advance was due to improper considerations
- Receive back pay and lost payments when deserved
- Be awarded legal fees, statutory damages, and punitive damages when authorized by the appropriate statutes
- Understand that employers may be forced to take corrective actions to protect against future discrimination and abuses
Our founding lawyer, Stephen Danz, has been helping California workers for nearly 40 years. He has earned the praise of his legal peers and former clients for his resolve and determination to obtain justice for his clients.
Our Whittier practice areas
Our Whittier employee rights lawyers represent workers in the following types of cases:
- Employee Discrimination. There are federal and state laws that govern how private and public companies must respect potential and current workers. The laws apply to many businesses and organizations. The size of the company is an important factor. Some of the current discrimination laws include the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Family Law Act. If you were discriminated at work based on any of the suspected factors, you may have employee rights claim:
- Age – if you’re 40 or older
- Military status
- National origin
- Sexual orientation
- Other identity factors
Discrimination laws apply to hire, termination, promotions, and the ability to do your job.
- Wrongful termination. Our employee lawyers fight aggressively to hold employers liable who think they can fire any employee who asserts his or her rights or wrongfully fire workers discriminatory reasons. Employers need to understand that employee rights are protected by relevant laws.
- Taking leaves of absence. The Family and Medical Leave Act allows eligible workers who are employed by covered employers to take up to 12 weeks off (unpaid) in a year to care for a newborn child; care for an adopted or foster child; help a seriously ill parent, spouse, or child, address the worker’s own health problems, and to help specific relatives who have an emergency due to military service. The FMLA also authorizes up to 26 weeks of unpaid leave for service members with serious illnesses or injuries – provided the person in need of help is a qualified relative.
- Wages that aren’t paid. California has laws that regulated overtime pay and meal breaks. Our Whittier employer lawyers understand how important every dollar is for many workers. We hold employers accountable if they fail to pay employees the money they work hard for.
- Sexual harassment. Women and men have the right to do their job without the stress, abuse, and the anxiety of inappropriate comments, improper social media posts, leering, and other sexual pressures. Employers can’t demand sexual performance or favors in return for career advancement. Employers are required to monitor their supervisors, contractors, and other employees so workers feel secure at work.
- Whistleblower and qui tam claims. The federal government and California provide incentives to employees and other workers to disclose fraudulent billing and many other types of financial misconduct that costs the federal and state government money. To recover these incentives requires the experience and resources of experienced Whittier whistleblower lawyers. If disclosures are incomplete, not first in time, or otherwise fail to comply with the rules – the whistleblower claim will be invalid. Valid claims can often be worth between 10 and 25 percent of the government’s recovery. Employees can’t be fired for honestly disclosing employer fraud.
- Workers compensation. In California, injured employees who are hurt due to a workplace accident or who suffer from an occupational illness have the right to payment for their medical bills and for a substantial portion of their lost wages. Additional pay is normally due if a worker suffers a full or partial permanent disability. Some workers may be entitled to vocational rehabilitation. Workers shouldn’t be forced back to work before they’re able to work.
Our Whittier employment lawyers also protect workers when employers try to enforce restrictive job covenants or make false demands regarding the employee’s use of trade secrets or other intellectual property.
Talk to a respected Whittier employee rights lawyer today
Don’t delay making the call. Waiting can delay your ability to get justice. Our California employment lawyers understand the full range of federal and state laws that protect workers. We understand when your rights have been violated and how to fully prepare and persuasively argue your case.
To arrange a free consultation, please phone Stephen Danz & Associates at (877)-789-9707 or complete our online contact form to schedule an appointment.