Employment Law

You may be struggling with problems at work but are afraid to speak up. You are doing everything that is expected of you, but there are still problems. You need your job to pay your mortgage or rent, buy your family food, and put gas in your car so you just suffer in silence. You do not have to do that.

State and federal laws provide you employment protections against discrimination and harassment. Employers also must follow certain requirements to provide you a safe place to work. Laws also protect you against retaliation by your employer if you report workplace violations to any investigating body or to a state or federal government agency.

Employer obligations

Under state and federal laws, with only a few exceptions, employers are required to:

  • Pay you a minimum wage.
  • Provide you with breaks.
  • Compensate you with over-time pay if you work more than 40 hours in one workweek.
  • Provide workers’ compensation insurance.
  • Provide unemployment insurance.
  • Give you time off work for a serious illness or new baby.
  • Provide a safe workplace environment free from exposure to dangerous conditions and sexual or other harassment.

When making decisions about hiring or promoting employees, or in assigning work or providing benefits, employers may not discriminate against any employee on the basis of:

  • Age.
  • Gender.
  • Race or national origin.
  • Religion.
  • Marital status.
  • Sexual orientation.
  • Gender identity.

If employees complain about discrimination or harassment, employers are forbidden by law to retaliate against them in any way. Workers who file complaints may not be fired, demoted, transferred or denied benefits as a way to punish them for their complaint.

If you believe you have been discriminated against or harassed, or been fired illegally from your job, you need to call an Orange County employment law attorney who will evaluate the facts of your case and help you decide how to proceed.

Call John Hamilton Esq. an Orange County employment law attorney

John Hamilton, located in Irvine CA, is a sole practitioner with more than 20 years of experience handling legal matters for his clients. He personally represents his clients and does not hand them off to another attorney or paralegal. He is selective about the cases he takes, and you can rest assured that if he agrees to represent you, you will have a zealous and knowledgeable advocate by your side.

If it becomes necessary to file a wrongful termination claim or lawsuit, an example of some of the damages you may be entitled to include:

  • Getting your job back if you were wrongfully terminated.
  • Back pay during the time you were off work fighting your case.
  • Attorney’s fees.

The law requires you to bring a claim for damages within a certain period of time after the occurrence of the wrongful act. Time is of the essence. Call John Hamilton Esq. today.