Employment Law Attorney
There are some types of behavior that employees do not have to put up with at work. On top of that, employers cannot dismiss or fail to hire employees based on discriminatory reasons. At the federal level, these laws are covered in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and extended in the Americans with Disabilities Act. At the state level, the State of California has passed its own laws regarding employment. These cover more individuals who are often the target of discrimination.
If you feel you’ve been targeted for discrimination by your employer, your employer is not paying you in accord with the law, or you’ve been retaliated against for blowing the whistle on your employer’s illegal activity, an Irvine CA employment law attorney at Rubin Law Corporation can help you hold your employer responsible for their unethical behavior. Contact us today.
Types of Cases We Handle
With over 20 years of experience litigating employment disputes, Steven Rubin understands how to manage suits against employers. We handle a wide variety of both civil rights and wage theft/misclassification lawsuits.
Wrongful termination is when an employer fires you for illegal reasons. This could be because you reported a superior for harassment or discrimination. Or it could be because you spoke up about an unethical or illegal practice. An Irvine CA employment law attorney can help you recover damages or demand reinstatement if you your employer wrongfully discharged you.
When an employer makes a workplace decision for discriminatory reasons, they are breaking the law. Federal law protects specific characteristics including: race, sex, disability, religion, and age. In addition, California extends protected characteristics including: sexual orientation, gender identity or nonconformity, medical condition, genetic information, or marital status.
There are two types of employment discrimination lawsuits:
- Those alleging workplace harassment/hostile work environment
- Those alleging key employment decisions are being made based on illegal discrimination
In the latter type of lawsuit, it is illegal for employers to base decisions for hiring, firing, or promoting on discriminatory reasons that the law prohibits. Hostile work environment claims allege a pattern or a culture of abusive behavior that is based on race, sexual orientation, gender, or some other protected characteristic.
The Irvine CA employment law attorneys at Rubin Law Corporation have experience litigating both types of claims under both state and federal law.
Sexual harassment allegations fall under the general category of hostile work environment claims. Typically they involve repeated unwanted advancements in an employment situation. When a worker who is the target of unwanted sexual advancements reports the wrongdoing to their superiors or the HR department, it is expected that those in a position to do so will remedy the situation. When they don’t, you may be able to sue the company for a hostile work environment.
Wage and Hour Claims
One of the most common lawsuits that employment attorneys file are those in which employees allege that their employer has not paid them properly. Sometimes the employee is misclassified as an independent contractor when they should be classified as a full-time employee. Sometimes an employee is classified as an executive or professional employee. They thus receive payment on a salaried basis when they should be collecting overtime. The employment attorneys at Rubin Law Corporation can help you determine if your employer is not paying your properly.
Under the law, an employer cannot retaliate against an employee who reports criminal or illegal activity to the authorities. In addition, an employer cannot retaliate against an employee who reports a wrongdoing that is contrary to the public good. For instance, if you work in a restaurant and you report unsanitary conditions to the board of health, the law would prohibit your employer from taking retaliatory action against you. If they do, you can sue them for wrongful discharge.
Executives and Professionals
Executives and professionals have worked hard to get where they are. They are also, often, subject to clauses in their contracts that may or may not be in their best interests. Other times, they may feel conflicted about a course of action when their own best interests seem to differ from that of their company’s. The employment attorneys at Rubin Law Corporation can help advise you during these times.
While most people see the glitz and glamour, the entertainment industry has a seedy underbelly. In addition, those who work in the entertainment industry are often subject to contracts that our attorneys have a great deal of experience looking over. We can help explain some of the consequences that signing a particular contract will have.
Talk to an Irvine CA Employment Law Attorney Today
The Rubin Law Corporation draws on a vast reservoir of experience fighting for employee’s rights in the workplace. If you’ve been mistreated or just need someone to examine the ramifications of a contract, our attorneys can provide an invaluable service. Please feel free to give us a call and set up an appointment.