Orange County Employment Law Attorneys
Serving Clients throughout the Orange County Region
Your job is one of the most important things in your life. It provides you the means to pay your mortgage or your rent as well as supporting your family. Your job may also be an important part of your personal identity. It may be a source of pride and a place where you can demonstrate your skills, competence, education, and training. Because our jobs are so important to us, the federal government and the state of California have passed laws to protect people from issues such as harassment or discrimination while we are at work.
If you have been subjected to sexual harassment, discrimination, or any other unfair practice or action in the workplace, you can seek legal recourse. Harris Grombchevsky LLP is here to help. By consulting with a Orange County employment lawyer at the firm, you can receive a review and evaluation of your particular situation. We have been representing clients in these matters for many years and have the extensive experience, knowledge, and skills to help you seek justice.
What Are My Employee Rights Under California Law?
The California Fair Employment and Housing Act protects you from unfair actions at work. It covers many of the same types of workplace issues addressed by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Equal Pay Act, and the Rehabilitation Act, which are enforced by the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. California's Fair Employment and Housing Act often provides more protection to employees than Title VII.
In California, your employee rights are secured by the Fair Employment and Housing Act. This law protects you from adverse actions by your employer, including:
What Does an Employment Lawyer Do?
Employment attorneys represent both employees and employers in matters involving both state and federal employment law. In general, these lawyers ensure that the rights of all employees are protected and that employers follow all the local, state, and federal workplace laws.
The following are several common tasks that employment lawyers perform for their clients:
- Explain the employee’s right, including the applicable laws related to the case and all the client’s legal options to resolve the issues (e.g., negotiation, mediation, litigation, etc.). An attorney can detail the advantages and disadvantages of each option and provide personalized advice on how to obtain the most favorable outcome in court.
- Help an employee file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or another governmental agency, whichever is applicable for the case.
- Assist in employment-related lawsuits (e.g., wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, wage and hour claims, retaliation, etc.) and represent employees who are filing lawsuits. Employment attorneys can not only defend employers against litigation, but they can also help employers file lawsuits against employees, especially for violating confidentiality and non-compete agreements.
- Ensure employers comply with all various laws and OSHA guidelines, as well as assist them in drafting workplace policies, including employee handbooks.
- Help employees form a union and advise them on their rights related to protected union activity. They may also educate employers about the union workers’ rights and responsibilities.
What Questions Should I Ask an Employment Attorney?
You must start the process of finding the right employment lawyer for your case by doing online research, obtaining referrals, and asking someone you know who has experienced the same work-related issues before. Once you select a few potential candidates and schedule interviews with each attorney, you must have several questions prepared to help you make the best possible decision on who to ultimately hire.
Here are some questions you should ask the prospective attorney during an initial consultation:
- How much time does your firm focus on employment law?
- Do you represent employees or employers?
- How long have you been practicing employment law?
- Have you handled a case like mine before?
- What were the results from cases similar to mine?
- What are my legal options?
- How many cases have you taken to trial?
- How will we communicate throughout my case?
Talk to a Orange County Employment Law Attorney
If you have been the victim of unfair treatment at work, we strongly urge you to contact our firm to arrange for a free and confidential case evaluation with a Orange County employment lawyer at your earliest opportunity. We represent clients from all over the Orange County region, from San Diego, Orange County, to Los Angeles and Riverside. Our firm handles many employment law cases on a contingency basis, which means that you pay no legal fees unless we are successful in recovering compensation for you.