Navigating Employment Law For You
The field of employment law can be confusing if you’re not an employment law attorney. There’s state law and federal law to understand, and then each employer and their lawyer will have different interests in how they follow the rules. Still, you should never hold back from getting what’s rightfully yours. Get help. At Brock & Gonzales LLP, our attorneys have the experience and skill to take on your case and use the law to your advantage.
Guiding You Through The Process
Because our attorneys know the law thoroughly and have helped so many clients win their employment law cases, we often answer questions for people who are unsure about what they might be facing. Below are some frequently asked questions.
Does California state employment law offer stronger protections than federal law for employees?
Yes. California employment law offers very strong protections for employees. That means you are likely to resolve your case successfully if your employer has wronged you in some way. The key is to have someone on your side who knows the law and who can fight to protect your rights. Your employer likely has a lawyer. You should, too.
What are the types of employment discrimination?
The law offers protections against many kinds of workplace discrimination. For example, it is unlawful for an employer to discriminate against you on the basis of your race, age (40 or older), gender, medical condition, religion or pregnancy. However, situations vary. If you think your employer is discriminating against you for another reason, please call us and discuss your situation with an attorney.
My employer made my job situation hostile and unbearable, so I quit. Can I still make a discrimination or harassment claim?
Sometimes mistreatment at work is so bad and stressful that employees feel pressured to quit. The negative repercussions of this kind of situation can last for years, and in many cases, the employee who was harassed or discriminated against suffers financially. If you already left your job because you were being harassed or otherwise mistreated, you may still have a legal claim. Talk to us about your situation, and we can advise you on the best path forward.
My employer keeps failing to pay me for all my hours. How can I get the money I’m owed?
Sometimes employers go to great lengths to avoid paying their employees. If your employer has shorted your wages, failed to pay you for overtime, or misclassified you as an “exempt” employee, you have a right to seek the wages you are owed. Wage and hour claims can be complicated, though, due to the records needed to prove the hours worked and the correct rate of pay. Our employment law attorneys have extensive experience in these matters. We can investigate your case to help you get the pay that is rightfully yours.
Am I entitled to meal and rest breaks at work?
Generally, if you are a “nonexempt” employee, you are entitled to meal and rest breaks. Typically, you are a nonexempt employee if you are paid an hourly wage and do not have managerial responsibilities. To learn more about your right to meal and rest breaks, please see our overview of meal and rest break violations.
Talk To A California Employment Lawyer Today
If you have questions about your specific situation, don’t hesitate to contact the employment law attorneys at Brock & Gonzales LLP. We have offices in Los Angeles and Sacramento, and we represent employees throughout California. To speak with a lawyer, call 310-294-9595 or contact us via email. We are here to help.