When Does an Employee Need a Labor Attorney
Employees in California are protected by a wide range of labor laws. And when these labor laws are violated, an employee can suffer physically, emotionally, and financially. If your rights have been violated, a labor attorney can help you seek the justice and compensation you deserve.
At the Bibiyan Law Group, we strive to promote workplace justice, and we aim to be a resource for employees who have been mistreated by their employers. Our seasoned labor attorneys have the tools and expertise to take on complex labor law disputes, and we have recovered millions of dollars in compensation on our client’s behalf. Contact us today!
Common Labor Law Issues
Labor attorneys for employees can assist their clients in various labor law matters. Some of the most common employee labor law issues include the following.
Employment Contracts and Agreements
Before you begin a new job, you will want to ensure that you understand the rights and responsibilities created under your employment contract. However, these documents are often complex and difficult to understand. A labor attorney can help you understand the terms and conditions of your employment contract and may even be able to help you negotiate better contractual terms. Further, if your employer does not allow you the time to fully understand your employment contract, they may be violating your rights as a future employee.
Discrimination in the Workplace
When does an employee need a labor attorney? One time is definitely when discrimination is afoot. California has an extensive set of laws that protect employees from discrimination. An employer cannot discriminate against you based on your race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, citizenship status, or genetic information.
Despite these laws, discrimination is unfortunately prevalent in many workplaces in California. A labor attorney will know the proper procedures to follow after you have been discriminated against, and they can help you file a discrimination claim.
Unpaid Wages and Overtime
Employers are required by law to pay their employees for all of the time they have worked. In addition, employers generally must pay their employees the minimum wage or higher. When an employer wrongfully withholds paychecks or refuses to pay their employees minimum wage, a labor attorney can step in and help the employee recover their wages through legal action.
In addition, certain employees are entitled to overtime pay. Whether you are entitled to overtime pay depends on your employment classification. Generally, nonexempt employees over the age of 18 are entitled to overtime pay if they have worked more than 40 hours in a workweek. In California, overtime pay is one and a half times an employee’s normal hourly pay. A labor attorney can help you determine if you are a non-exempt employee who is entitled to overtime.
Sexual harassment in the workplace is prohibited by both state and federal laws. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission defines harassment as requests for sexual favors, unwelcome sexual advances, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature. However, harassment does not always have to be sexual in nature, and it can include offensive remarks about a person’s sex.
If you believe that you are a victim of sexual harassment in the workplace, reach out to a labor attorney as soon as possible. A labor attorney can help you meet important filing deadlines and follow proper filing procedures.
How Can the Bibiyan Law Group Help You?
At the Bibiyan Law Group, our attorneys have extensive knowledge and experience in the field of labor law. We are here to help anyone who has been taken advantage of by their employer. We handle all types of labor disputes, including unpaid wage claims, discrimination claims, harassment claims, wrongful termination matters, and class action lawsuits.
So, if your rights as an employee have been violated by your employer, we hope that you reach out to us so that we can help you get the justice and compensation that you deserve. We offer free consultations to all of our clients, and you can contact us online or by phone at 310-438-5555.