The employment attorneys at Smith & Lo fight on behalf of workers to protect their rights on the job. If you have suffered from an unfair workplace treatment, you may be entitled to:
- Job reinstatement;
- Recovery of lost pay;
- Compensation for loss of employment benefits;
- Recovery of damages for pain, suffering, and mental anguish;
- Statutory penalties;
- Punitive damages; or
- Attorney fees.
Businesses and corporations fight back hard when they’re confronted with evidence of their own wrongdoing in employment law cases, we fight even harder on behalf of our clients. Our team of Redondo Beach employment lawyers is experienced, qualified, and hard-nosed about defending workers’ rights.
Do you believe you have a legal issue in your workplace? Contact our team of experienced and capable Redondo Beach employment attorneys to find out if we can help you defend your rights and protect your interests under the law.
Redondo Employment Law FAQ
Have you experienced discrimination, sexual harassment, unpaid wages, or other problems in your workplace? Below are several frequently asked questions about employment law and employment legal cases in California.
They may help you understand more about your situation. To learn more, contact us to talk with our experienced local Redondo Beach employment lawyers.
Q. What is unlawful discrimination in the workplace?
Both California and federal employment discrimination laws are designed to protect employees and job applicants. Workplace discrimination is defined as treating a person less favorably than others based on any of the following attributes:
- Religious faith,
- Physical or mental disability,
- Medical condition,
- Sexual orientation, or
- Certain other individual factors.
The Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), among others laws and regulations, are the foundation of legal protections against job discrimination in California.
If you have followed internal workplace policies to report discrimination and are still facing difficulties, you should consult with Smith & Lo to review your situation.
Q. What is sexual harassment in the workplace?
Sexual harassment describes a spectrum of behaviors and incidents, including:
- Unwanted advances;
- Inappropriate conversation or humor;
- Suggestive teasing;
- Sexual touching; or
- Making conditions of employment, including promotion, subject to performing a sexual act.
Sexual harassment is a serious and unfortunately pervasive problem in the workplace. If you are the victim of sexual harassment from your Redondo Beach employer or coworkers, contact our team for qualified legal help.
Q. Does a disability automatically disqualify a worker for employment?
No. A person who is qualified and capable of performing the essential functions of a job (even if they need an accommodation) is often protected against discriminated because of their disability. Disabled persons enjoy the same rights and protections as other workers, whether in the workplace or when being considered for employment.
Q. When is an employee entitled to medical or family leave from work?
The California Family Rights Act and the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (among others) grant rights to workers when family or medical leave is desired. Employees who are injured or ill often have a right to sick leave, as well as leave to care for a sick or injured family member.
Most commonly, workers with a newborn or newly-adopted child may have a right to take maternity leave or paternity leave. Other regulations and laws may apply based on the exact circumstances of the leave requested or the situation.
If you feel you are being pressured to work despite eligibility for leave, or denied your rights to family leave or medical leave, contact Smith & Lo to review your case.
Q. What are the most common types of unpaid wages claims?
Unpaid wage claims can arise in several different ways. Employers commonly misclassify workers as “exempt” or as “independent contractors” to avoid paying overtime, providing rest breaks, or to force employees to work off the clock. Likewise, employers often make illegal deductions from their workers’ paycheck.
All of these instances are more common than most people realize and it’s easy to become a victim of wage theft, late wages, or unpaid wages. If you suspect your employer is not paying wages you have earned, in full and on time, contact Smith & Lo. We can review the facts of your situation and help you if we decide to take your case.
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Our team of Redondo Beach employment lawyers might be able to help you determine your claims in a potential employment law case. If you are a prospective client, there is no charge for your initial consultation, it is 100% free and without obligation. Call our offices at (855) 670-1267 or contact us online to get started.
Smith & Lo, Work Lawyers are active and aggressive helping workers with Redondo Beach employment law cases. Talk to us about your situation, we can help you too.