When you go to work, you expect to be protected from certain actions by your employer. Regardless of what kind of job you have, you should be treated with respect at work. Your employer should follow all law regarding employment. However, we know that there are times when people face difficult situations in the workplace.
Sometimes employers do not pay their employees fair wages or work them in unsafe conditions. There are times when people are discriminated against in the workplace. When an employer does something that is out of line, they do so because they assume that they will not be reported.
That does not have to be the case. If you have been the victim of unfair work practices, contact Rager & Yoon – Employment Lawyers today. Our knowledgeable and experienced team will work with you to ensure you get the compensation you deserve. When you need a Long Beach employment law attorney, call us today.
What Are The Issues
When it comes to employment law issues, there are many. Below, we discuss some of the main cases we see, but this list is by no means exhaustive. Please speak with a qualified attorney about your particular case.
Discrimination: Many different groups have historically been discriminated against in the workplace. State and federal law prohibit discrimination against a person because of their:
- Race or color
- Ethnicity or nationality
- Gender or sexual identity
- Marital status
- Religion (or lack of religion)
- And more
California has even passed legislation that protects the right of undocumented migrants within the state. This group of people has traditionally suffered harsh treatment, but now they have recourse options.
Sexual Harassment: Under no circumstances should a person be sexually harassed in the workplace. This includes both verbal and physical sexual harassment. If this has happened to you, coming forward is a way to bring this behavior to light to protect yourself and others.
Wage Fraud: Wage fraud laws cover a range of illegal behaviors. Let’s look at a few things that are protected:
- Minimum Wage
- Business Expenses
- Rest and Meal Time
Whistleblower Protection: If you know of wrongdoing or illegal behavior on the part of your employer, you should be protected for bringing that information to authorities. In some cases, you can receive protection even if you have been a part of that wrongdoing. Here are some common types of whistleblower cases:
- Tax Fraud
- Poor Working Conditions
- Healthcare Fraud
- US Securities and Stocks
- Illegal Dumping
Why You Should File An Employment Law Claim Or Lawsuit
The specific outcome you may pursue when taking legal action against a current or former employer who you believe broke the law will vary depending on the circumstances. For example, perhaps you were fired for being a whistleblower. If so, you may face a range of struggles, such as lost income, emotional distress, and more.
You could file a claim or lawsuit to seek financial compensation for these losses. Taking legal action might also allow you to get your job back.
That’s just one example. To better understand what type of outcome you might seek when filing an action, review your case with the experts at our Long Beach employment law firm. While no attorney can ethically promise a specific settlement or case resolution, we can promise to offer aggressive representation.
How A Long Beach Employment Law Attorney Can Help
Proving an employer broke the law can be challenging if you lack experience addressing these issues. This is often because employers will misrepresent the facts of a case to avoid penalties.
To return to the example above, it’s unlikely an employer would openly admit to firing an employee for being a whistleblower. An employer knows that doing so could open them up to a claim or lawsuit.
Thus, an employer would be more likely to give a false reason for terminating an employee, such as a decline in said worker’s performance. Refuting this claim might require coordinating with witnesses, reviewing old performance records, and more. It may also be necessary to show that an employer has a history of firing workers who become whistleblowers.
This isn’t meant to discourage you from taking legal action when you genuinely believe an employer has broken the law. It’s meant to encourage you to hire an attorney to provide the representation you need. Although the manner in which a lawyer handles your case will depend to some extent on the specific nature of your employer’s wrongdoing, in general, a qualified Long Beach employment law attorney can:
- Evaluate your case to determine if it has merit
- Determine whether you’re eligible for compensation and/or reinstatement to a job
- Investigate your case to gather evidence showing that an employer broke the law
- File a claim or lawsuit on your behalf
- Enter into negotiations for a proper outcome
- Answer your questions about your case’s progress
Keep in mind that employers are often less inclined to break the law again in the future when they’re held accountable for retaliation, wrongful termination, etc. That means you’re not merely pursuing justice for yourself when you enlist the help of a Long Beach employment law attorney to help you pursue an action against an unscrupulous employer.
You’re also benefiting both current and future employees of the company. Although there’s no guarantee your employer won’t break the law again, their odds of doing so may be lower if they learn there are consequences for doing so.
What You Can Do Now
Do not wait another minute before seeking legal assistance if you have been treated unfairly by your employer. At Rager & Yoon – Employment Lawyers, we know that you have many questions and are afraid of what may happen, but we will have your back. Our team will work to secure compensation for lost wages and benefits, pain and suffering damages, punitive damages, and more. When you need a Long Beach employment law attorney, you can contact us by clicking here or calling us at 310-527-6994 for a free consultation.