Los Angeles Employment Attorneys
Los Angeles Employment Attorneys – Los Angeles Employment Law
Nathan M. Smith & Associates is dedicated to providing their clients with exceptional legal representation for their Los Angeles employment-related legal issues. Nathan M. Smith & Associates possess the knowledge, experience, and determination to aggressively pursue financial compensation to redress the wrongs you suffered as an employee in California. The Los Angeles employment lawyers at Nathan M. Smith & Associates understand the pain and suffering, humiliation, and financial burden employment discrimination, sexual harassment, wage and hour claim violations, and wrongful termination of employees. We fight for your rights and vigorously pursue justice on your behalf.
Types Of Cases We Handle
Nathan M. Smith & Associates handles various employment-related claims in Los Angeles. Those claims include discrimination, sexual harassment wage and hour claims and wrongful termination. We thrive on delivering justice for Los Angeles employees who suffered at the hands of their employers. We represent our clients before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) as well as California state agencies.
California and federal law both prohibit making an employment decision for any discriminatory reason. Employers are therefore may not hire, fire, promote, demote, or make any other employment related decision based on the employee’s or applicant’s:
- Nation of origin,
- Marital status,
- Gender and gender identity,
- Sexual preferences,
- Age if over 40,
- Health or genetic history, or
- Any other non-performance based reason.
Claims alleging discrimination in the workplace can be filed with the EEOC and the California Department of Employment and Fair Housing. The process was designed to reach a quick and efficient resolution of disputes. However, the parties may file a complaint in court if they cannot resolve their differences.
Every employee has the right to be free from sexual harassment in the workplace. Sexual harassment may be a quid pro quo or a hostile work environment. A hostile work environment occurs when an employee is subject to a persistent amount of inappropriate sexual discussion, innuendo, scorn, or ridicule. Additionally, a hostile work environment exists when an employee is victimized by other employees who engage in the uninvited flirtatious behavior, unwelcome touches, and rebuffed advances.
Wage and Hour Violation Claims
California law and federal law establish minimum wages and overtime rules. California’s wage and overtime rules are stricter than the federal counterpart, with a few exceptions. California employers must pay the wages their employees earn and cannot take deductions to reduce the minimum wage. Also, California employers must pay overtime at a rate of either one and a half times or two times the hourly wage depending on the number of hours an employee worked and when the employee worked the overtime hours.
In California, employees are at-will employees. Being an at-will employee means you are subject to the whims of your employer and can be let go at any time as long as law does not prohibit the reason. Therefore, employees cannot be let go for discriminatory reasons. Furthermore, whistleblowers receive protection under the law and cannot be fired because they reported their company was in violation of a law, regulation, or rule.
For More Information
Call Nathan M. Smith & Associates today to schedule a consultation with Attorney Nathan Smith. He will explain your rights and options and devise a strategy to obtain just compensation for your Los Angeles employment law issue.