Experienced Riverside Employment Lawyers Fighting for Workers
Workers in California have numerous rights. Some of these rights are due to federal laws, state laws, or Los Angeles laws. Employee rights may also be due to the contracts employees sign with their employees. Finding a good-paying job in Riverside can be difficult but it shouldn’t be impossible. You should be able to trust that you won’t be discriminated against when you apply for a job. If you’re hired, you should be able to continue that work or be promoted based on your job performance and not on personality factors.
At Miracle Mile Law Firm, we hold employers accountable when they fail to play by the rules. Our seasoned Los Angeles lawyers file complaints in the county and federal courts when employers discriminate, retaliate against workers who assert their rights, harass workers, and commit other workplace violations. We also present your case before state and federal agencies. We demand compensation which often includes the income you lost. Additional compensation may include lost benefits, statutory damage, legal fees, and in cases such as sexual harassment – pain, and suffering. At Miracle Law Firm we only represent employees, not employers. We often handle cases on a contingency fee basis.
The types of Riverside employment law cases we handle include the following:
Wrongful Termination of Riverside Employees
Employees in California who don’t have a written contract can generally be fired from their job for almost any reason – provided the termination doesn’t violate a federal or California law. Managers and supervisors who have a written contract can only be terminated if the contract permits the employer to fire the employee.
We file wrongful termination lawsuits against Riverside employers who fire an employee:
- Due to discrimination in violation of the US Civil Rights Law
- In retaliation for asserting their rights by filing a sexual harassment claim, filing a whistleblower claim, participating as a witness in another employee’s case, taking time off for a legal obligation such as jury duty, or asserting other legal rights
- Failing to provide reasonable accommodations to a worker who has a disability and then claiming the worker failed to do his/her job
- Violations of the California WARN Act
Employees can also file a legal claim if the employer creates a hostile work environment that prevents the employee from performing their required job duties.
Discrimination Against Riverside Job Applicants and Employees
Both the federal government and California prohibit employment discrimination based on your:
- Race or ethnicity
- A disability
- Country of origin
- Age (if 40 or older)
- Sexual orientation
We file claims in both federal and state courts and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the California Department of Fair Housing and Employment.
Employers who are subject to the federal and state laws can’t discriminate, based on any of the factors listed above when it comes to:
- Work conditions
Wage and Hour Violations in Riverside
The California labor code provides minimum standards for employee pay. Employees have statutory rights to overtime. They also are entitled to breaks for meals rest. Employees who aren’t exempted who work more than 8 hours in a day or 40 hours in a week are entitled to time-and-a-half pay for this extra work. Employers who fail to comply with the state and local wage and hour lawyers can be ordered to provide compensation for their lost pay/benefits and statutory damages for each violation.
Our Riverside employment lawyers file wage and hour claims. We also contest efforts by employers to improperly classify workers as independent contractors or as exempt workers.
The Right of Riverside Employees to File workplace Harassment Lawsuits
The California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) provides protection for employees from sexual harassment and from the creation of a hostile work environment. You may be working in a hostile work environment if you aren’t given the resources to do your job if other workers are allowed to make insulting comments to you or about you if workers can make negative comments about you through email and social media, and for many other reasons that make you uncomfortable at work.
FEHA also applies to harassment based on your race, ethnicity, sex, gender, religion, country of origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Workers may also suffer harassment based on their immigration status. We guide employees through the harassment litigation process which usually involves filing a complaint with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) and then filing a legal claim against the employer once DFEH authorizes a lawsuit.
Holding Riverside Employers Liable for Violating Family and Medical Leave Laws
Both the federal and California governments provide protections for employees who qualify to take unpaid leave to welcome newborns and adoptees into a family – and to care for spouses and relatives with healthcare problems.
The applicable laws include
- California Family Rights Act (CFRA)
- The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
- The California Pregnancy Disability Leave law
Employees normally need to have worked from their employer for a year or more (and for 1,250 hours or more). The unpaid leave is for 12 weeks – which can be spread throughout the year. The laws generally only apply to larger employers. Some additional provisions apply.
California also has employee leave laws for voting, substance abuse leave, time for court proceedings due to domestic violence or other crimes, and other types of leave.
We file claims against employers who fail to provide the eligible leave or retaliate against a worker who asserts the right to leave. Generally, employees are required to be given their old job back when they return from leave.
Additional Riverside Employment Claims
We also assert your:
- Rights to any benefits such as severance pay if you are entitled to those benefits in the employment contract or a union contract
- Employee privacy rights including the laws that govern employee criminal background checks and credit checks
- Retirement benefits
- Right to find work with competitors when you leave your job or if you are terminated
- Rights regarding trade secrets and other intellectual property of your employer
- Rights as an immigrant
How Does an Experienced Riverside Employment Lawyer Fight for your Rights?
Employment litigation isn’t easy. Our Riverside lawyers explain your rights, explain what type of evidence you need to assert your claim (such as emails, letters, job performance reviews, and other evidence), and file claims before the appropriate agencies and courts. We work to move your claim quickly because we know how upsetting is to lose your job or benefits and to be treated unjustly at work. We understand your need to be compensated fully for your financial losses and to hold employers accountable so they don’t mistreat other employees.
We explain all your remedies including internal remedies within a company such as filing a human resources complaint and the external litigation remedies.
It’s critical to have an experienced employment lawyer on your side if an employer is violating your rights. To discuss any Riverside employee rights claim, call the Miracle Mile Law Group today. You can reach us at (888) 244-0706 or contact us online for a FREE case evaluation.