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Fair Employment Lawyers is a leading California employment law and civil rights litigation firm. Our employment lawyers represent clients in a wide array employment law matters, including claims of sexual harassment, wrongful termination, discrimination, unpaid wages and overtime, and equal pay violations. With almost forty years of experience practicing before California’s State and Federal Courts, as well as Employment rights and enforcement agencies, we know the law and how to protect your interests. We are litigators who will take you case to trial to get you the best results possible.

Whatever the nature of your case, you can rely on the trial, litigation and settlement experience of the lawyers at Fair Employment Lawyers. Not only do our attorneys possess extensive experience as plaintiff’s counsel in employment law, discrimination, civil rights, and consumer litigation, our founding partner has over a decade’s experience serving as defense counsel for corporations and insurance companies at one of California’s largest defense firms.

Due to our vast experience representing corporations and insurance companies, we understand the intricacies in how to best present your claim to maximize and expedite settlement. We also understand the thought processes and strategies employed by corporate defendants and insurance companies. By retaining Fair Employment Lawyers, you absolutely will have the best of both worlds – large firm experience and small firm attention to detail and personalized service. This is a unique benefit to you as a client of Fair Employment Lawyers.

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Employment Law

Despite laws protecting employee rights, employment law violations occur all too often. Discrimination continues to be widespread while sexual harassment remains pervasive in many work environments. Violation of labor laws relating to payment of wages, overtime compensation and meal and rest breaks are still too common. As a result, employees often find themselves in the midst of an employment dispute.

California and federal employment laws provide employees with various rights and remedies to address employment law violations. The experienced Los Angeles Employment Lawyers at Fair Employment Lawyers can help you determine whether you have a legal right to a recovery when you believe your employer has treated you unlawfully.

Common Employment law issues include the the following:

  • Employment Discrimination
  • Unpaid Wages
  • Unpaid Overtime
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Workplace Harassment
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Wage Discrimination
  • Missed Meal or Rest Breaks

The attorneys at Fair Employment Lawyers devote personal attention to each and every case. We will guide you through the complexities of the law and ensure you are comfortable with the process every step of the way. Every client is given ample opportunity to discuss resolution strategies with a competent and caring attorney. Whether you have been a victim of workplace discrimination, sexual harassment or wrongful termination, or have been improperly deprived of wages or overtime compensation, we have the skill and experience to provide you with the zealous representation necessary to resolve employment-related disputes in your favor.

We accept plaintiff’s employment law cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning you do not pay any attorney’s fees until there is a recovery. Contact our Los Angeles Employment law attorneys for a consultation and to learn how we can help with your employment law claim.

Unruh Civil Rights Act

Protection Under California Law

Under the California Unruh Civil Rights Act, all people are free and equal and are entitled to full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities, privileges, or services by any business establishment. California law protects individuals against discrimination and harassment by a business establishment based on any of the following (or similar) personal characteristics:

  • Race
  • Color
  • Ancestry
  • National origin
  • Religion
  • Primary language
  • Citizenship, immigration status
  • Disability (mental or physical)
  • Medical condition
  • Genetic information
  • Marital status
  • Sex, gender (including pregnancy)
  • Sexual orientation
  • Gender identity, gender expression

Business Establishments

California law prohibits arbitrary discrimination by all Businesses establishments, including, among others, the following:

  • Hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Theaters
  • Bars
  • Nightclubs
  • Retail stores
  • Golf courses
  • Gyms
  • Fitness clubs
  • Hospitals
  • Barber shops
  • Housing accommodations
  • Public agencies
  • Non-profit organizations (open to the public)

Damages and Remedies

California law provides for a variety of remedies for victims of discrimination. These may include:

  • Actual damages
  • Out-of-pocket expenses
  • Emotional distress damages
  • Statutory damages
  • Three times actual damages
  • Punitive damages
  • Attorney’s fees and costs

Unruh Claims

An Unruh claim may be filed as a civil action in court or with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing.

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With nearly forty years of combined legal experience, our lawyers understand how litigation can impact your life. The employment law attorneys at Fair Employment Lawyers are dedicated and will do what it takes to protect your employment rights and work-related claims. Whether through settlement, mediation, arbitration or trial, our lawyers will provide you with the best representation.

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Frequent Employment Law Questions

There is a common misconception that salaried employees are not entitled to overtime pay. While that may be true in some cases, very often employers incorrectly classify salaried employees as exempt in order to avoid paying overtime. Many salaried employees are entitled to overtime pay just like hourly employees.
Not all harassment at work is against the law. To be unlawful the harassment must be based on specific characteristics, such as your race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation. If you feel like you’ve been harassed because you’re a woman in an all-male workforce, you may have a case. If your boss is just mean or difficult, you may not.
Depending on the nature of your job and how many hours you work, overtime pay maybe 1.5 or 2 times your regular hourly rate of pay. Your employer is required to pay you overtime if you work more than eight hours in a day, more than 40 hours in a week, or more than six consecutive days in a row. You are entitled to time-and-a-half for work over 8 hours in a day or 40 hours in a week. You are entitled to double time for any work over 12 hours in any workday or over 8 hours on the seventh day of a workweek.
If you were terminated, your employer was required to pay you all wages due immediately. If you resigned, then your employer had up to 72 hours to pay. If your employer fails to pay, then as a penalty to the employer your daily wages continue to accrue from the date the wages were due until they are paid. The daily wage penalty is limited to a maximum of 30 days.
As of January 1, 2019, the California minimum wage for employers with 25 or fewer employees is $11.00/hour. The California minimum wage for employers with 26 or more employees is $12.00/hour. However, certain cities have a higher minimum wage. For example, in Los Angeles, the current minimum wage is $13.25/hour for employers with 25 or fewer employees and $14.25/hour for employers with 26 or more employees.
Under California law, you must be paid for all work hours. Therefore, your employer cannot make you work “off-the-clock” in order to avoid paying you or to avoid incurring overtime obligations. An employer’s failure to pay for all of your hours worked may entitle you to additional wages and penalties.
Under the law, you must be paid on time, on the regularly scheduled payday. Along with your paycheck, your employer must also provide a wage statement detailing, among other things, your hours worked, rate of pay, and all deductions. If your employer fails to do so, may be entitled to recover damages and penalties.

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