Fountain Valley Employment Attorneys
All employees and workers are given certain rights under California and federal law. Ideally, employees should be able to work in a safe and cordial environment. However, there are times, unfortunately, when workers face a hostile work environment where discrimination and harassment are common. When a worker's rights are violated, an experienced Fountain Valley employment lawyer can help hold the at-fault employer accountable for their actions.
It is our fundamental right to obtain and maintain work. Employers are allowed to hire and fire at will under California law, but they are not allowed to discriminate. It is illegal to base hiring, firing or promotion decisions on sex, sexual orientation, race, disability, age, ethnicity, religion or age. If you believe that your employer made significant choices based on who you are as a person instead of who you are as an employee, you may be able to pursue compensation for your losses.
Sexual harassment is a serious issue at many Fountain Valley worksites. One of the most common forms of sexual harassment at the workplace involves a "quid pro" offer. This involves an employer wrongfully offering to exchange sexual favors for a raise or promotion. Other quid pro quo scenarios involve a sexual favor in order to avoid being terminated.
Other serious harassment issues at the workplace may result from an atmosphere of intimidation or discrimination. Victims of workplace harassment may endure off-color jokes, comments, inappropriate touching, requests for dates or unwanted advances. No one should have to deal with these types of offensive or traumatic situations. If you believe that you have been a victim of harassment in the workplace, it is important that you speak up and hold your employer accountable.
Were you Denied Medical or Family Leave?
Employees have legal rights regarding seeking time away from work without having to face termination. Under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), certain employees are allowed up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave per year. Their group health benefits must be maintained during the leave. FMLA allows employees to take time off for medical conditions, disability, the adoption of a child, having a sick child and pregnancy.
If you choose to exercise your right to take time off or to report an issue of harassment or discrimination, your employer cannot retaliate against you. A company may wrongfully retaliate against employees by reducing their pay, denying them a bonus, refusing to promote them and wrongfully terminating them. This is unacceptable and the company responsible can be held accountable for their wrongdoing.
California employers have the right to terminate their employees "at will" without having to provide an explanation. This does not mean, however, that your employer can fire you for illegal reasons. In fact, there are many reasons why an employer cannot fire an employee. For example, you cannot be terminated because you filed a claim for discrimination or sexual harassment. Employees cannot be fired for taking time off or for getting pregnant. Workers cannot be terminated because of their race, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, age or sex.
When Do You Need an Attorney?
If an employer has wronged you, you may be worried about what will happen if you speak up. An experienced Fountain Valley employment lawyer can provide you with a free and confidential consultation on your legal options. You are protected under the law to file a claim against your employer and you also have the right to learn about your legal rights and options.
It is not, however, in your best interest to act without the support of a skilled attorney. Businesses and corporations have powerful attorneys on their side who will fight to protect their reputation. It is important to fight back with a lawyer who has experience handling cases similar to yours.
The experienced Fountain Valley employment lawyers of our firm have a long and successful track record of protecting the rights of workers in Fountain Valley. We will fight hard for your rights and help ensure that justice is served.
Please contact us at 949-203-38148 for a free comprehensive and confidential consultation.
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