The attorneys at Helmer • Friedman, LLP work to protect your rights as a California employee

“I think my employer is violating my rights at work, but I don’t know what to do about it.” In our experience as California employment attorneys, we have heard this often. Many people have a nagging feeling that something is wrong at work, but feel powerless to defend themselves against an employer that has more money, more options and greater resources than they do. We can help you level the playing field.

California law protects employees (including, in some circumstances, prospective and former employees) from a wide array of employer abuses and misconduct, including:

Discrimination and harassment: California employment law protects you from discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic characteristics, marital status, sex (including gender; gender identity and gender-related appearance and behavior; pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), age, or sexual orientation (including heterosexuality, homosexuality, or bisexuality).

Retaliation: The law protects you from retaliation (e.g., a false and unfavorable written performance evaluation, demotion, decrease in pay, wrongful termination, and, potentially, an unfavorable transfer) for refusing to engage in unlawful activity and for engaging in a wide variety of “protected” activities, including, for example, complaining about discrimination or harassment; blowing the whistle on corporate wrongdoing; filing a workers’ compensation claim; or taking time off for jury duty.

Wage and hour violations: Specific rules and regulations govern wages, including commissions, bonuses and tips; hours, including overtime, and meal and rest periods; and family and medical leave. Your employer must strictly comply with these laws.

All of these rights are discussed in detail in the series of articles titled California Employment Laws in our Employment Library, located at the bottom of this page. Other rights are discussed in detail in the articles listed under Federal Laws Prohibiting Discrimination. In addition, the Library contains more than 80 short, educational articles on topics ranging from how management evaluates your case to preparing for your deposition to factors affecting the settlement and value of your case. If you have a question related to your employment, our Library is a good first step toward finding an answer.

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Helmer • Friedman, LLP

Sometimes, though, just knowing your rights isn’t enough. If or when you decide it is time to talk to a California employment law attorney about your situation, we can help. We began our careers as management-side lawyers, working on behalf of some of the nation’s largest employers, so we know how employers and their attorneys approach workplace disputes. Now we use that knowledge and training to protect the rights of employees. At Helmer • Friedman, we provide the sophisticated, savvy legal representation you would expect to find in a large corporate law firm, with the personal service and attention of a small law group. If you think your rights in the workplace have been violated, and you would like to speak with a knowledgeable and experienced employment attorney, please contact us for an initial consultation.  We would be happy to review the facts of your case and discuss your legal options. California employment law gives you power; we can help you wield that power effectively.