Your job impacts every aspect of your life: financial security, family stability, future planning, as well as your self-esteem and sense of well-being. When a job becomes unbearable because of bullying, sexual harassment, retaliation, or discrimination, federal and California state law protects you, providing a variety of legal avenues to pursue your workers’ rights and reclaim any financial losses, including lost wages and future earnings.
If you believe your rights have been violated, seek immediate counsel from skilled and experienced workers’ rights attorneys. At Arns Davis Law, our labor and employment attorneys are here to listen to your story, evaluate your claim(s), and identify all your viable options. There are strict time limits and procedures required to preserve all of your options so it is important to take immediate action.
Standing Up for Employees
Along with the federal government, California protects workers from discrimination and harassment in the workplace. If you are the victim of employment or labor violations, you may have legal remedies that will compensate you for these illegal practices and even restore you to your prior position. Examples of labor violations include:
- Harassment: Unwarranted disciplinary actions, discriminatory retention and promotion processes, and even name-calling and bullying in the workplace.
- Wrongful termination: Some terminations are illegal, depending on whether the employer was acting in a biased or discriminatory manner.
- Discrimination: Hiring, retention, promotion, and termination decisions in the workplace are all restrained by anti-discrimination laws preventing decisions based on race, pregnancy, age, disability, national origin, religion, and other classifications.
- Sexual harassment: Everyone should be free from sexually explicit language, unwanted advances, unconsented touching or other violence, and any demands for sexual favors in the workplace.
- Termination for filing a workers’ compensation claim: It is illegal for an employer to retaliate against an employee for seeking any workers’ compensation benefits
- Retaliation: Employers are constrained from punishing workers from exercising their rights in the workplace, reporting illegality as a whistleblower, or engaging in labor organizing.
- Family and Medical Leave Act: California employers are required to provide leave for workers eligible under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
What Laws Protect Employees?
Workers are protected from workplace harassment and discrimination through federal, state, and local laws. On the federal level, workers are entitled to rights and protections under the National Labor Relations Act, Civil Rights Act of 1964, Americans with Disabilities Act, and Family Medical Leave Act, among others. California has its own employee-protection laws, which are interpreted by California courts, often providing more employee protection.
You have the right to minimum wage and overtime, rest and meal breaks, safe and healthy jobs, non-discriminatory and non-retaliatory workplace, and benefits if you are injured or become unemployed.
In addition to wage and hour laws, California protects workers through pregnancy and paid family leave laws along with anti-discrimination laws that include an array of protected classes—race, religion, gender, sex, pregnancy, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, and ethnicity.
And some municipalities, like San Francisco, have Human Rights Commissions that also enforce workers’ rights.
How Can We Help You?
At Arns Davis Law, we treat every client with dignity and respect. Corporate employers with in-house counsel and teams of lawyers ready to defend their actions are formidable opponents. Hiring an experienced workers’ rights attorney means being guided through the complexities, and distress, that often accompany a hostile workplace or termination.We will gather the unique facts of your case, research the applicable law, and develop a legal strategy that meets your needs and goals. We will keep you informed as your case progresses, advising you on an anticipated timeline, depositions, court appearances, and of course, judicial rulings. We will present you with all offers of settlement and advise you on their propriety.
At Arns Davis Law, we will pursue your claim, determining with your input how best to proceed, whether it is negotiating a settlement, filing a lawsuit, going to trial, or submitting the claim to alternative dispute resolution. We will prepare you for your participation in the case prior to sworn testimony whether in deposition, during alternative dispute resolution, or at trial. We will be by your side all the way to final disposition.
Being the victim of workplace harassment or discrimination requires that you surround yourself with people who will advocate for your best interests. That advocacy needs to be supported by a thorough knowledge of the law, experience with negotiation and litigation, and genuine people skills. Add to the mix a devotion to ethical principles and passion. That’s what we offer to you at Arns Davis Law. Our attorneys will listen, ask the right questions, and use their legal knowledge and experience to forge a strategy to hold defendants accountable.
Call Arns Davis Law or contact us online to schedule a meeting with one of our lawyers.
Pending Cases and Recent Results
Here are some of the pending civil rights cases we are pursuing and recent results we
have achieved for our clients
- $4,600,000 settlement on behalf of Instacart shoppers for claims of independent contractor misclassification
- $3,150,000 class action settlement on behalf of nursing home employees for missed meal breaks and owed wages
- $1,000,000 class action settlement on behalf of misclassified managers of a fast food restaurant chain due owed overtime wages
- Ongoing discrimination case on behalf of a construction worker who experienced racial discrimination in the workplace