Mesriani Law Group is known to provide superior legal aid for over two and a half decades to all victims of employment and labor law discrimination cases throughout Los Angeles, California. Staffed with highly skilled and experienced employment lawyers who are committed to protecting your rights and represent you throughout the entire case process.
We offer legal counsel for employment and labor law violation victims in cases involving wrongful termination due to discrimination, class action lawsuits, employment harassment, employment retaliation, and other work-related issues. If you ever feel that you are among those employees whose rights are being violated at work or have been wrongfully terminated, our employment lawyer certainly can help secure justified compensation for your loss.
We take pride in our dedication to fighting for the rights of the employees that fell victims to unjust employers, regardless of how difficult the case may be. Call our office today to discuss your potential case and to be completely assisted by our professional Los Angeles employment lawyers.
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Why Should I Hire an Employment Lawyer?
Employment issues can be challenging, particularly in cases such as harassment or discrimination. It is fortunate that there are laws that protect employees’ rights in the workplace however, it is crucial to seek consultation and hire an employment attorney to better understand your rights and the process of filing a lawsuit to ensure of getting the maximum compensation you deserve. Below are the most common reasons why you should hire an employment lawyer.
- Taking Charge of a Workplace Issue: working in an unfriendly workplace can be very difficult to endure but challenging it may be, it shouldn’t result in ending your employment. An employment lawyer can help assess the situation you are in and offer counsel on the possible solutions that will not force you to end your employment.
- Harassment and Discrimination: unfortunately, harassment and discrimination in the workplace still happen, even with multiple laws designed to protect against it. If you are a victim of such misconduct from your employer an employment attorney can help you through your best options and legal proceedings.
- Working Out a Deal for Severance Package: a hassle-free and fair severance package is a piece of heaven leading to an on-the-spot retirement for employees that served for a long period of time. An employment lawyer can collaborate with your employer to encourage a phased retirement that benefits both the employer and employee rather than the opposite.
- Getting Terminated: getting terminated and losing the means of financial sustenance can be a devastating loss for an employee. An employment lawyer can help make sure that you will be treated fairly by your employer and receive the fair and best possible payout for your specific situation.
Why Choose Mesriani?
How Our Los Angeles Lawyers Help with Employment Law Claims
With so many options that appear from your search for a Los Angeles Employment Lawyer, how can you decide which is best to help you with your claims? At Mesriani Law Group, we fully understand and sympathize with what is at stake when faced with a hostile workplace and unjust employer. With this in mind, our employment lawyers are committed to helping you out by:
Acknowledging Your Side of the Story
All details matter, regardless of how minuscule you may think it may be or lengthy it can get, it is still essential proof for your claim. From your initial consultation, we will take the time to acquire all the facts of your case acknowledging your side of the story to fully understand the situation from your point of view.
Providing an Honest and Realistic Opinion
For over two decades of professional experience in handling employment and labor law violations, we are well aware that you would rather hear an honest and realistic answer about your legal rights rather than sugar-coating it with unrealistic promises. We will provide you with our direct and sincere opinion and advice, to prepare you with what to expect with your claims so that you can make judicious decisions.
Explaining the Law in Terms You Can Understand
Not all can understand or are familiar with the legal terms or jargon that lawyers use. Just because you have a legal issue doesn’t necessarily mean the lawyers could bombard you with words and terms that you don’t understand and put it off to simply because that is what we use. We will explain the law in terms that you can understand and answer any questions you may have about your claim.
Assisting You Make Sensible Decisions
Making sensible decisions about your case can be difficult even with a clear understanding of your legal rights. We can assist you to evaluate your options and make sensible decisions not only as a legal representative but also as a reliable confidant to ensure positive results for your case.
Bringing Equity in Your Dispute
At the start of your dispute with the employer, they would seek legal counsel just as you seek one for yourself. Your employer may face you with a team of lawyers to fight against you but with our comprehensive experience for over two decades on employment and labor law, we can bring equity in your dispute and make sure that you do not fall victim to their intimidation or coercive tactics.
What is Employment law?
Employment law is a series of acts and policies that expounds on the rights and responsibilities in an employee and employer relationship. These policies regulate the different aspects of the workplace:
The minimum requirements that your employer must follow are set by the federal employment law. California employees benefit from even more protective employment laws and are given many additional rights and benefits under the state law. These are, but not limited to, the different aspects of the workplace stated above and other areas concerning employer-employee relations.
An employee who is a victim of employer misconduct needs legal assistance and our Los Angeles employment attorneys are here committed to helping address the challenges associated with an employment law claim and secure the maximum compensation for your damages relating to an employment problem.
What Are California Employment Rights?
Rights provided by California employment laws are considered by many as the state law with the most protective regulations for the employee and stricter ordinances of responsibilities for the employer. The law prohibits misbehavior such as discrimination and wrongful termination. The most essential rights that employees have under California employment law include:
- FMLA (Family and Medical Leave Act)
- Anti-discrimination rights
- Anti-harassment rights
- Overtime pay
- Sick leave
- State minimum wage
- Protection from workplace retaliation
- Protection from wrongful termination
- Protection from workplace hostility
California Employment Laws & Enforcement
FEHA- California Fair Employment and Housing Act
FEHA applies to employers with five or more employees and it prohibits acts of discrimination towards an employee’s cultural background, religion, skin color, nationality, physical and mental disability, medical condition, civil / marital status, gender, sexual preference, gender identity, age, and military service history.
DFEH- California Department of Fair Employment and Housing
DFEH is an agency in charge of enforcing California’s civil rights laws in the workplace. It outlaws acts of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation against a job applicant or an employee under the protected class.
DLSE – California Department of Labor Standards Enforcement
DLSE is also known as the California Labor Commissioner’s Office. DLSE ensures every workplace in the state provides fair wages to every employee. This agency handles wage claims by employees concerning unpaid wages and overtime and is also responsible for retaliation claims.
DIR- California Department of Industrial Relations
California DIR contributes to the safeguard of employees’ health, safety, and economic well-being. It administrates the following agencies that enforce labor law:
- Division of Apprenticeship Standards
- Division of Labor Standards Enforcement
- Division of Occupational Safety and Health
- Division of Workers’ Compensation
Federal Employment Laws & Enforcement
Civil Rights Act 1964 – Title VII
Title VII applies to employers with 15 or more employees and outlaws discrimination in all employment issues based on race, skin color, religious beliefs, gender, pregnancy status, or nation of origin.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission – EEOC
EEOC is responsible for enforcing federal civil rights laws that outlaw workplace discrimination, harassment, and retaliation against a job applicant or an employee due to race, skin color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, and genetic information.
Age Discrimination in Employment Act 1967 – ADEA
ADEA applies to private employers with 20 or more employees and public entity employers (i.e., city police department, community colleges, public schools, etc.). ADEA is a federal law that protects applicants and employees aged 40 or older from age discrimination on hiring, promotion, discharge, and compensation in employment.
Americans with Disabilities Act 1990 – ADA
ADA outlaws employer discrimination against individuals with disabilities. This applies to private employers and public entity employers with 15 or more employees.
Family and Medical Leave Act – FMLA
FMLA provides up to 12 weeks of leave that is job-protected but unpaid on a yearly basis for certain family and medical reasons. Under FMLA, the continuation of group health insurance coverage is given to eligible employees with the same conditions as it was given before filing the leave.
Fair Labor Standards Act – FLSA
FLSA determines the minimum and overtime pay, bookkeeping, and youth employment standards which outlaws child labor in the private and government sector.
National Labor Relations Act – NLRA
NLRA ensures the rights of employees to organize and bargain collectively with their employers and to slim down certain private-sector labor and management practices, such as talking about or soliciting for a union during, before, or after work and breaks.
Types of Employment Law Claims
In California, employees are protected under all of the same federal anti-discrimination laws that protect workers around the nation. Although a large number of employers in California can hire and terminate employees at will, they cannot discharge or retaliate against the employees for reasons that violate the law or public policy, and in the event they do so the employee can file a claim against the employer. The common employment law claims include:
What to do if You Are a Victim of Employment Law Violations?
Employment and labor laws are being violated constantly and most employees don’t know how to protect their rights. If you are a victim of employment law violations, you need to remember to do the following to preserve and protect your rights:
1. Gather Evidence and Document Everything
To avoid the dilemma of having “your words against theirs” being brought up in filing your claim, you must have concrete proof of the violation you are alleging against your employer. This refers to documenting everything including date, time, and exact location of the committed violation, writing down details that were said or done by your employer that was unjust, noting contact information of the people around you whom you believe can be your witness and testify to your employer’s unjust actions, getting a copy of any CCTV footage of any harassment or hostility done against you in your workplace, and so on.
2. File a Complaint With your Human Resources
It may be unsettling to file a complaint with your HR since they are a part of the management, but this is essential for documentation purposes. You’ll be needing the stamp in your formal complaint before you can file a claim in court, and that would be from HR. If by chance that they are uncooperative you can at least tell the court that you have done all means necessary to address your complaints but to no avail.
3. Never negotiate Your Claims on Your Own
It is never a good idea to pursue or negotiate your claims with your employer on your own since there is a high possibility that they can make you sign a waiver and a non-disclosure agreement that will ban you from filing a lawsuit or claiming anything that is fair. It is still best to seek legal consultation with an employment attorney.
4. Seek Help from Top Employment Lawyers in Los Angeles
Having an experienced employment lawyer to guide you through the legal process of your claim is the best step in achieving the justice that is due to you. At Mesriani Law Group our labor and employment law attorneys are confident that we can deliver all that and are committed to helping you get the maximum compensation that you deserve.
What Damages Can I Seek if my Employment Rights Were Violated?
The right to seek legal compensation is given by the law to victims who suffered from wrongful termination, discrimination, and other employer violations. You may be eligible for compensation for your damages depending on the nature of your employment case. The damages that you can seek can be:
Lost Wages and Benefits
Compensation for the lost wages and benefits of the employee due to wrongful termination or demotion is the most common element of damages in an employment case.
Emotional Distress Damages
Compensation for the emotional distress damages such as anxiety, humiliation, grief, psychological trauma, and the like can be granted due to the pain and suffering of the employee’s wrongful termination, harassment, or other workplace misbehavior.
If the employee won the lawsuit, under California law the employee can also seek compensation for the employer to pay the attorney’s fees and litigation expenses in addition to paying the damages.
Unpaid Wages with Interest for Labor Code Violations
California’s Labor Code requires employers to pay their employees an additional 10% interest per year of any unpaid and overtime wages in addition to paying large monetary penalties to employees who did not receive accurate wage statements, meal and rest breaks, and all earned wages on a timely basis when the employee was terminated or resigned.
These damages are granted by the court of law to the employees not as a form of compensation but as a form of punishment to the employer whose behavior is considered negligent, intentional, and inhumane.
Reinstatement may not always be a feasible option particularly in cases involving harassment, but in other cases, an employee may either be reinstated or be given to a similar position of the same rank.
Investigation Into Employment Law Violations
Most employees cannot tell for certain whether they have experienced discrimination or another form of employer misconduct due to their limited knowledge of the state and federal employment laws that protects employees’ rights. In line with this, proving whether your employer committed unjust actions and for the employee to gather clear evidence can be very difficult.
This is why a thorough investigation into the employment law violations committed by the employer is necessary in order to ensure a positive outcome for the employee’s claim. While investigating your claim, our employment attorney will examine the following:
- Testimonies from the coworkers or any witnesses regarding the misconduct and employment law violation done by the employer
- Employment records that show the employee’s misbehavior or performance issues
- Evidence that shows leniency to other employee/s with the same situation compared to the current employee in dispute
- Evidence of hostility towards a protected class
- Evidence of the employer’s inconsistent reasons for wrongful termination
No Win, No Fee
Absolutely No Fee Unless We Win Your Case
We understand that the main reason why victims of unjust treatment by employers are hesitant to file cases or claim damages against the parties at fault is because of the high legal fees.
In order to help more people get the best compensation they deserve against the people who violated their rights, we decided to offer a contingency fee basis payment solution. This means that our “No Win No Fee” guarantee ensure that you don’t have to pay us anything for our top legal services, regardless of the complexities of your claims, if we are not able to provide you with the justice you deserve.
We offer this because we are confident that our experience, expertise, and dedication will always translate to getting the maximum compensation you deserve at the swiftest possible time. Call our best employment and labor law attorneys in California for any employee-related concerns and we’ll assure you of nothing but the best legal service and personalized client care you deserve.
Don’t Let Your Employer Get Away with Violating Your Employment Rights
Understanding your rights as an employee and protecting it should be your essential priority. Your employer may be the one to make the decisions at your job and has the authority to tell you what to do, but it should still be done without violating your rights. If in any chance that you fell victim to your employer’s unjust and unlawful treatment, Mesriani Law Group’s dedicated and recognized employment and labor law attorneys will help you win justice and maximum compensation that you deserve.
Free Consultation with a Mesriani Employment Lawyer
There may be hundreds to thousands of results from your search for an employment lawyer, and Mesriani Law Group would appear to be the best choice. With over two decades of exemplary experience and equipped with top-notch dedicated employment attorneys driven to protect your rights and represent you from start to finish of your claims, we are confident to declare that we can provide you with the maximum compensation that you deserve with a no win, no fee policy.
Let us help you move forward with a victory! Call Mesriani Law Group now at (310) 826-6300 or message us online to schedule a FREE consultation.
Employment Law Lawyer FAQs
What are your rights as an employee under employment law?
The employee has basic rights under employment law that are cited from federal and state laws such as the right to work in a healthy and safe workplace, the right to personal privacy at work, protection against employer discrimination, and so on.
Can I sue my employer for unfair treatment?
If your employer has discriminated against you for an unlawful reason or in violation of an employment contract, then yes you can sue your employer for unfair treatment and initiate a lawsuit.
How do you win a lawsuit against your employer?
There’s a good chance that you can win a lawsuit against your employer, and that is by making sure that you have a solid case with a clear claim, undeniable documented evidence and statements from witnesses, and above all an experienced employment lawyer on your side.
Can I take legal action against my employer?
Once your rights as an employee are violated in the workplace, and you’ve done all means necessary to make amends but only to be in vain, then taking legal action against your employer is an essential step to get fair and just treatment and compensation for your damages.