Our Los Angeles employment lawyers know that your job is a central part of your life. Your ability to work allows you to care for yourself and your family. For many workers, employment helps to define their purpose as providers for their loved ones and productive members of society.
However, some unethical employers take advantage of their workers’ need for continuing employment. They fail to pay required overtime, don’t allow mandated breaks, misclassify workers to deprive them of benefits, allow harassment or other forms of discrimination, retaliate against those who demand fair treatment, and even illegally terminate certain workers in violation of state and federal law. If this happens, you need a lawyer you can trust.
No two employment law cases are exactly alike. At Mathew & George, our Los Angeles employment attorneys recognize that there is no “one size fits all” solution. We take the time to understand your unique situation and needs. We listen and provide honest answers to all of your questions, even if the answer is not what you were hoping for.
We can often help negotiate a satisfactory settlement without you ever having to appear in court. That is always our goal. But sometimes employers are uncooperative and an equitable settlement is not possible. As skilled Los Angeles employment attorneys with a record of achieving successful verdicts in the courtroom, we are always willing, able, and thoroughly prepared to take your case to trial if necessary.
We provide the straightforward information that will allow you to make the best decision on how to proceed. Our proven track record of success and dedication is why our clients think we are some of the best employment attorneys in Los Angeles. California law places time limits on filing an employment law claim, so call us today to protect your workplace rights and hold your employer accountable for their wrongdoing.
If experiencing unfair employment practices at work, the first thing you should do is speak with your employer. Review your company’s policy and try to get the matter handled internally. Document evidence and follow up with the necessary party. If your claim is ignored or not taken seriously, then you should consider filing a claim.
Depending on the type of claim, you can file with the following agencies:
Be sure to follow the appropriate time deadlines for each. After filing a claim, the agency will ask for evidence and investigate your claim. If they determine that your claim is valid, they will try and set up mediation so that you can settle with your employer.
During this process, it is advised to have an employment lawyer. An attorney can help put the law in perspective while also offering advice. They can also handle deadlines and uncomfortable confrontations with your employer. Moreover, they can represent you in court if mediation fails and you cannot settle under fair terms.
Through the combination of federal and state laws, California workers enjoy some of the most comprehensive protections in the country. These Federal Employment Laws include:
The above laws apply to workers across the country. However, California has specific laws that offer even more protection. These laws include:
With different sets of laws that apply in different situations, it is important to retain an employment attorney. They can help you sort through the applicable laws and ensure that you understand your rights.