Tustin Employment Lawyers
If you believe your rights have been violated or that you were mistreated at the workplace, you may have a number of questions regarding what to do next and if you can pursue compensation for your losses. A skilled Tustin employment lawyer can help you understand your rights, and in cases of wrongdoing, they can also help hold the at-fault company accountable for their actions.
What Does “At-will” Employment Mean?
For individuals who believe they have been wrongfully terminated from their employment, it is important to understand what “at-will” employment means. In California, businesses have the legal right to terminate the services of an employee whenever they want. Likewise, an employee may quit a job whenever he or she likes. This right to terminate an employee at will does not, however, allow a company to make firing decisions based on discrimination. When someone is let go because of his or her race, sex, disability or age, for example, it is considered a wrongful termination.
What is Sexual Harassment?
Sexual harassment involves unwelcome attention of a sexual nature. In the workplace, sexual harassment could range from mild transgressions or lewd comments to sexual assault or abuse.
What is quid pro quo harassment?
This is when a co-worker, supervisor or client offers an incentive such as a promotion or raise in exchange for something of a sexual nature. Some quid pro quo situations involve the threat of termination if the victim does not agree to commit the act.
What is Gender Discrimination?
Gender discrimination occurs when an individual is stereotyped because of his or her sex. Gender discrimination may seem like a thing of the past, but the truth is that many workplaces still foster gender discrimination in one way or another.
It is common, for example, for women to not receive the same pay as their male counterparts for doing exactly the same job. If they have the same qualifications and experience and perform essentially the same functions at work, they should be receiving equal pay. Gender discrimination is not acceptable during hiring, firing, job training or when determining salaries.
Am I Eligible for Overtime Pay?
It is common for employers to try and get the most out of their employees as possible while paying as little as possible. Many employers ask their workers to perform duties before or after their eight-hour shift without extra pay. Others may ask employees to work over 40 hours a week without extra pay.
Some companies refuse to pay overtime to their salaried employees. In California, even people on salary deserve overtime pay. There are, however, a number of exceptions to this rule. Anyone who believes that they have not been paid appropriately would be well advised to discuss the specifics of their case with an experienced Tustin employment lawyer.
What is Ageism or Age Discrimination?
Ageism is an unfortunate but common reality in many workplaces. It involves older workers being discriminated against during the hiring process or when decisions are made regarding promotions. It can, however, also involve discrimination against an employee because he or she is “too young.” Decisions at the workplace must be based on performance and experience and not on the age of the worker.
Companies are not legally allowed to make decisions based on race. Race or nationality cannot be a contributing factor when making decisions regarding whom to hire, whom to let go or whom to promote. Sadly, this type of discrimination still occurs in cities such as Tustinis. Companies that foster racism or racial bias should be held accountable for their actions.
Do you need an employment attorney?
Employment law is complicated and no one should face his or her current or former employer without quality legal representation. If you believe that your rights have been violated, you would be well advised to discuss your potential case with a knowledgeable and experienced Tustin employment lawyer who can provide you with a free case evaluation.
The experienced Tustin employment lawyers at Bisnar Chase have a long and successful track record of representing and upholding the rights of workers. If you or a loved one has faced discrimination or harassment at work, please call us or contact us via the form for a no-cost consultation and comprehensive case evaluation.