Employment and labor laws are being violated all the time. However, most employees are not able to react or protect their rights because they don’t know what to do. The foregoing are just some of the employee rights violations that are happening in California:
- Some are being harassed for no apparent reason.
- Others are being retaliated against by their bosses due to acts of whistle blowing.
- Still some mistreats their employees for claiming their rightful benefits and leaves protected by law like rights to minimum wage, overtime pay, meals and rest breaks, vacation leaves, sick leaves, holiday leaves, jury duty leaves, voting leaves and severance packages, among others.
- At other times, employees get discriminated against in the work place, from age discrimination, racial discrimination, gender discrimination, disability discrimination, religious discrimination, pregnancy discrimination, national origin discrimination and workers compensation discrimination.
Mesriani Law Group is committed to helping all employee victims from harassment, discrimination and other violation of labor law rights. Hence, if you feel you are among those employees whose rights are being violated at work, you need to remember to do the following in order to protect your rights and pursue your claims against your unjust employer.
Gather Evidence And Document Everything
Before you start with your claim, you must have proof of the violation you are alleging against your employer. In case of discrimination or harassment, for example it pays to make sure that you write everything down, i.e., times and dates when you feel you were discriminated against or harassed, exact words or acts done which constitutes discrimination, location and people around you whom you believe saw or heard your employer’s unjust acts. You can also ask your co-employers to sign a statement verifying your claims. Furthermore, you can seek a copy of CCTV footage of any actual harassment or ill treatment done against you in your work place.
File Complaint With Your HR
You need to file a formal complaint with your HR for documentation purpose. A lot of employees say that filing a claim with the HR is futile as the HR is a part of management. True or not, you still need that stamp in your formal complaint before you can file a claim in court for employment and labor law violations. Hence, if for no other reason, at least you can tell the court that you have exhausted internal means to address your grievance but nothing happened.
Never Negotiate Your Claims On Your Own
Regardless if your employer talks to you about your complaints or not, it is never a good idea to pursue or negotiate your claims on your own. Your employer might ask you to sign a waiver and a non-disclosure agreement, which practically bars you from filing a law suit or claiming anything after the fact and you will not be able to tell your co-employees about the settlement, regardless if the amount given to you was unjust. Aside from these, your employer will definitely be protected by insurance examiners who are knowledgeable in scrutinizing your claims and this will obviously be to your disadvantage as you are not adept in the technicalities of employment laws and procedures.
Seek Help From Top Employment Lawyers In Los Angeles
Mesriani Law Group’s expert employment lawyers in Los Angeles have been helping employee victims get the maximum compensation they deserve against unjust employers for at least two decades now. We have the experience and resources to go toe to toe even with multi-national corporations in order to make sure that all your damages, pain and suffering and other losses are all recovered at the swiftest time possible. Hence, if you are serious in getting the maximum compensation you deserve, just let us handled your legal claims and we can assure you of fast and successful recovery of your damages against your erring employer.