California Class Action Attorney
Attribution: June 2012 -- This article is the syndication source of a recently released press release from Bisnar Chase
California employees have arguably the most protection from their employers than citizens of any other state. California's employment laws are always changing, opening the door for employers to make mistakes that could cost them millions of dollars. On the other hand, California's complex federal and state laws leave employees with a weak understanding of their rights.
Jerusalem Beligan, a Bisnar Chase employment attorney, believes that employees are not receiving enough information to know that their employers are in violation.
"Victims of employment violations are rarely informed of the everyday benefits that they are required to take advantage of. The economic climate has left a large portion of the workforce with few options and a willingness to sacrifice their wellbeing to please their employers. California State and Federal law imposes regulations on business owners to ensure that their employees remain happy, healthy, and productive individuals. When an employer fails to uphold their responsibilities and allows employees to work themselves towards an early grave, I take great pride in ensuring those wronged receive justice."
- Jerusalem Beligan, Bisnar Chase, LLP
Mr. Beligan is a California employment law attorney who has been practicing law for a little over a decade, including recovering millions of dollars of unpaid wages to wronged employees in both individual and class action cases.
Identifying California Employment Law Violations
It is not uncommon for employees to contact class action law firms to pursue compensation for violations that are minor or non-existent. For example, employees are fired from their jobs after years of dedicated service and are looking for revenge. They call up their local wrongful termination attorney, tell them the story, and then receive news that their employers had actually followed California's termination procedures. The employee adjusts to their new circumstance and the employer never gives a second thought.
Unfortunately, what some wrongful termination attorneys fail to identify are the other violations for which the employer in the example IS guilty of. Employees are often unaware of their rights, so they are not equipped to know what employment law violations their employer has violated. Jerusalem Beligan, Bisnar Chase attorney, feels that the lack of investigation by sub-par law firms may be contributing to California employment law violations as employers continue to escape employment lawsuits.
Wage and Hour Violations
Now more than ever, employees are asked to work extremely long hours and accomplish large quantities of work during their shifts. As employers continue to try and squeeze as much work out of their workforce, misclassifications of exempt employees and a wide variety of other wage and hour employment law violations can go unnoticed. It is a thin line between adhering to California's strict employer laws and flying under the radar, but an experienced wage and hour attorney will be able to examine your facts and find out if your situation qualifies. Violations of California wage and hour law include employers not allowing legally mandated breaks, not paying overtime to workers who deserve it, not meeting minimum wage requirements, and more. Because wage and hour practices within a company usually apply to all employees the same, resulting cases against the employer usually become class action cases when multiple current or former employees join the lawsuit.
Wage and hour lawsuits generally consist of unpaid overtime wages, unpaid wages, and failure to meet minimum wage requirements. If you or someone you know has worked under these conditions in California, it is in your best interest to contact an experienced wage and hour employment attorney. Wage and hour law is governed by the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act and California Labor code and requires an intricate grasp by an experienced legal professional for proper representation.
A California Employment Law Firm
If you feel that you were or are treated unfairly at work, call 800-561-4887 to speak with a Bisnar Chase california employment attorney to receive a free professional no obligation case evaluation.