EMPLOYMENT AND LABOR LAW
Employees in California are protected by numerous state and federal labor laws. Employers who disregard or violate these laws subject their businesses to increased risk of investigations by regulatory agencies, the imposition of substantial civil penalties, and costly lawsuits arising from disputes over minimum wage, workplace discrimination, wrongful termination, and other matters. In some instances, business owners can even be held personally liable. In short, employers across all industries must take legal precautions to protect their companies from negative publicity and financial ruin.
The attorneys of Bellatrix PC are committed to providing aggressive yet cost-effective legal representation for non-profit organizations, partnerships, corporations, and limited liability companies. Whether your company has already been targeted by a lawsuit, or you wish to review your employment policies before a problem arises, Bellatrix PC has the skill, knowledge, and experience to help you achieve your goals. As business owners ourselves, we understand the urgency of resolving internal disputes efficiently and strategically.
To arrange for a private legal consultation with our employment attorneys, call the law offices of Bellatrix PC at (800) 449-8992 today.
Areas of Employment Law Our Lawyers Handle
Employment law is a broad field which encompasses numerous legal issues. Our attorneys are prepared to handle a wide variety of employment-related matters, ranging from simple handbook reviews to complex multi-party litigation, on behalf of experienced business owners and beginner entrepreneurs alike. We are also qualified to serve as mediators, or to assist and represent your business during arbitration.
Our areas of practice include, but are not limited to, the following matters:
- At-Will Employment
- Background Checks
- Cal/OSHA Inspections
- Discriminatory Hiring Practices
- Drafting and Negotiating Contracts
- Drug Screenings
- Employee Classification
- Employee Handbooks
- Employment Tax and Tax Liability
- Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
- Human Resources
- Independent Contractor Disputes
- Insurance Coverage
- Layoffs and Reductions in Force (RIF)
- Meal and Rest Periods
- Minimum Wage
- Non-Compete Agreements (Covenants Not to Compete)
- Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs)
- Overtime Pay
- Prevailing Wage
- Payroll Tax
- Sexual Harassment
- Stock Options
- Vacation Pay and Sick Pay
- Wage Disputes
- Workplace Safety
- Wrongful Termination
Workplace Discrimination Lawsuits
Litigation arising from workplace discrimination is increasingly commonplace in the state of California, which imposes some of the nation’s most stringent and expansive employee protection laws. Workplace discrimination can take numerous forms, including wrongful termination, hiring discrimination, and sexual harassment. Types of discrimination which may be alleged by employees, former employees, or job applicants include:
- Age Discrimination
- Disability Discrimination
- Genetic Information Discrimination
- Pregnancy Discrimination
- Racial Discrimination
- Religious Discrimination
- Sex Discrimination (Gender Discrimination)
- Sexual Orientation Discrimination
The best way for employers to protect themselves against unfounded discrimination claims is to keep highly detailed records of all hiring and termination decisions, including logs of disciplinary actions and employee misconduct.
While California is technically an “at-will” state with regard to employment, employers can still be penalized for making employment decisions which conflict with the protections afforded under state and/or federal acts like the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, or the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA).
Compliance with Pay Requirements and Labor Regulations
California is well-known for the many legal protections it affords employees and workers, particularly with regard to the strict labor laws enforced by the California Department of Industrial Regulations (DIR), Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE), also known as the Labor Commissioner’s Office. Whatever name you choose to call it by, you can be certain the DLSE will inspect your business closely if any complaints are filed by current or former employees.
To give just a few examples, employers must be cognizant of issues like prevailing wage, minimum wage, proper classification of employees, the calculation of adequate overtime compensation, provisions of the Domestic Worker Bill of Rights, reasonable accommodations for lactating/pregnant employees, and even state requirements for hanging posters and distributing forms.
Noncompliance with any of these strictly-regulated areas of law, even if such noncompliance is unintentional, can result in a slew of legal and financial issues. The good news is that employers can often avoid encountering these issues by taking some basic preventative measures with assistance from an experienced employment lawyer.
To schedule a confidential consultation, call the law offices of Bellatrix PC at (800) 449-8992 today. Ask about our business risk review.