Razavi Law Group are top-rated Employment Law Attorneys in California, and surrounding areas. Our lawyers at RLG have extensive knowledge of the laws that govern employment cases. We fully dedicate ourselves and our resources to help you fight for fair and just settlement during difficult times.
You may be surprised to learn how frequently employers mistreat their employees – it happens all the time. Mistreatment can take many forms. Whether the employer is motivated by greed, ignorance, or spite, there is no excuse to ignore the law. If you feel your employer has mistreated you, you may wonder whether this conduct rises to that of illegal treatment, which may entitle you to sue in court.
California employees have protected individual rights. Our experienced attorneys at Razavi Law Group will fight aggressively for you if you feel that your employer has violated your protected rights. Employment claims vary significantly, and each case is unique. If you, or a loved one, believe your rights have been violated, you may be entitled to compensation.
Our lawyers at Razavi Law Group have extensive knowledge of the laws that govern employment cases. We fully dedicate ourselves and our resources to help you fight for fair and just settlement during difficult times.
Workplace discrimination refers to the unfair or unfavorable treatment of an individual or a group of employees based on certain protected characteristics. It occurs when an employer or coworker treats someone differently or adversely affects their employment opportunities, benefits, or conditions due to factors that should not be considered in the workplace.
The protected characteristics are traits or attributes that anti-discrimination laws safeguard against unfair treatment. Common protected characteristics include:
Race and Ethnicity: Discrimination based on a person’s race, color, or national origin is unlawful. It prohibits treating individuals differently due to their racial or ethnic background.
Gender: Gender discrimination involves treating someone unfairly because of their sex or gender identity, whether male, female, transgender, or non-binary.
Religion: Discriminating against an individual based on their religious beliefs or practices is not permissible under the law.
Age: Age discrimination protects individuals who are 40 years old or older from adverse actions solely based on their age.
Disability: Employers must provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities, and it is illegal to discriminate against them due to their disability.
Sexual Orientation: Discrimination based on a person’s sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation is unlawful.
Pregnancy: Pregnant employees are protected from discrimination, and employers must provide reasonable accommodations during pregnancy.
Workplace discrimination can manifest in various ways, including:
Hiring and Recruitment: Unfair treatment during the hiring process, such as rejecting an applicant based on their race, gender, or disability.
Promotions and Pay: Denying promotions, raises, or bonuses to employees due to their protected characteristics.
Work Assignments: Assigning less desirable tasks or responsibilities to certain employees based on their protected characteristics.
Harassment: Creating a hostile work environment through offensive jokes, derogatory comments, or unwanted advances targeting an individual’s protected characteristics.
Termination and Layoffs: Firing or laying off employees because of their protected characteristics rather than their job performance.
California has a robust set of employment laws that provide extensive protections to workers within the state. These laws cover various aspects of the employment relationship, including minimum wage, overtime pay, meal and rest breaks, anti-discrimination, harassment prevention, family and medical leave, and more. Here are some key California employment laws:
Minimum Wage Laws: California has its own minimum wage laws that set higher rates than the federal minimum wage. The state’s minimum wage increases incrementally over time. As of my last update in September 2021, the minimum wage for employers with 25 or fewer employees was $13 per hour, and for employers with 26 or more employees, it was $14 per hour. However, these rates may have changed since then.
Overtime Laws: California law requires employers to pay overtime to non-exempt employees who work more than 8 hours in a workday or more than 40 hours in a workweek. Overtime pay is typically 1.5 times the regular rate of pay for these additional hours.
Meal and Rest Breaks: Employees in California are entitled to meal and rest breaks based on the number of hours worked. Generally, employees must receive a 30-minute unpaid meal break for every 5 hours of work and a 10-minute paid rest break for every 4 hours worked.
Anti-Discrimination Laws: California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and other protected characteristics. Employers are prohibited from making employment decisions based on these protected characteristics.
Harassment Prevention: California employers are required to take steps to prevent and address workplace harassment. This includes providing harassment prevention training to supervisors and employees and promptly investigating and addressing any harassment complaints.
Family and Medical Leave: California provides job-protected leave to eligible employees under the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) and the New Parent Leave Act (NPLA). These laws allow eligible employees to take unpaid leave for their own serious health condition, to care for a family member with a serious health condition, or to bond with a new child.
Pregnancy Disability Leave: Pregnant employees are entitled to up to four months of job-protected leave for pregnancy-related disabilities under the California Pregnancy Disability Leave Law (PDLL).
Sick Leave: California has its own paid sick leave law that requires employers to provide paid sick leave to eligible employees for various reasons, including their own illness, the illness of a family member, or to seek assistance related to domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking.
Whistleblower Protections: California law protects employees from retaliation for reporting violations of the law or engaging in protected activities.
Wage and Hour Laws: California has strict wage and hour laws that cover issues such as proper classification of employees, accurate recording of work hours, and timely payment of wages.
If you believe your employer has violated employment laws, you may want to consult with an employment attorney to understand your rights and potential legal options. Additionally, you can file a complaint with the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) if the issue involves discrimination.
In California, the standard working hours are 8 hours per day and 40 hours per week. After working 8 hours in a day, employees are entitled to receive overtime pay, and after working 40 hours in a week, they are eligible for overtime pay as well.
Razavi Law Group is a dedicated team of experienced employment law attorneys committed to advocating for the rights of employees in California. If you are facing workplace issues or believe your employee rights have been violated, Razavi Law Group can offer invaluable assistance in the following ways:
Expert Legal Guidance: The attorneys at Razavi Law Group have in-depth knowledge of California’s complex employment laws. They can provide you with personalized legal advice tailored to the specifics of your case, ensuring you fully understand your rights and options.
Case Evaluation: When you contact Razavi Law Group, they will conduct a thorough evaluation of your employment situation. They will listen to your concerns, review relevant documents, and assess the strength of your case. This evaluation helps determine the best course of action to protect your rights.
Representation in Disputes: If you have experienced workplace discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, wage and hour violations, or any other employment-related issue, Razavi Law Group can represent you in negotiations with your employer or in legal proceedings.
Mediation and Settlements: In many cases, employment disputes can be resolved through mediation or settlement negotiations. Razavi Law Group will work diligently to reach a fair settlement on your behalf, sparing you the time and expense of a lengthy court battle.
Litigation Advocacy: If a settlement cannot be reached, Razavi Law Group is prepared to litigate your case in court. Their attorneys are skilled trial advocates with a successful track record in employment law cases.