A wide variety of disputes may arise between employers and employees. In our experience with California employment law, these disputes often fit a few broad categories:
- Discrimination – It is unlawful for an employer to discriminate based on the employee’s sex, national origin, age, disability status, genetics, or sexual orientation. To bring a claim, you first file with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), or you may file through the federal administrative agency, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
- Harassment – Harassment must also be based on the employee’s race, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, or sexual orientation — and must be sufficiently severe — to support a claim.
- Wrongful Termination – When an employee is discharged due to discrimination, for refusing to take part in an illegal practice, or due to filing a workers’ compensation claim, he or she can pursue this type of claim.
- Retaliation – This is where an employee is discharged or demoted due to their exercise of legal rights, or because they opposed discrimination or other wrongful treatment.
- Employment contracts or Non-competition Agreements – These are claims where either party alleges that an agreement between the parties was breached.
- Wage & Hour Claims – This is where the employee alleges unlawful deductions from wages, which may include allegations of overtime or minimum wage law violations, or failure to provide sufficient rest breaks.
Damages for federal or California employment law claims can include monetary damages, compensatory damages, punitive damages, injunctive relief, and payment of your legal fees and costs.
If you believe you may have a legal employment issue, contact Goldsmith West. Our experience in employment law places us among the best employment lawyers in Los Angeles and beyond. Please contact us today to schedule a free consultation.