Employment Law Attorney in Orange County, CA
Diefer Law Group is an experienced team of attorneys ready to provide the comprehensive and compassionate legal counsel you need when facing any legal dispute involving an Orange County employer. We develop client-focused legal strategies by taking time to get to know each client, listening to their story, and helping them understand the legal mechanisms most likely to come into play in their proceedings. When you choose our firm to represent your case, you will have instant access to a dedicated legal advocate ready to answer your questions and address any of your concerns as they arise throughout your case.
Why You Need Legal Counsel for Your Employment Case in Orange County
Technically, there is no law requiring you to hire legal counsel to bring a claim against your employer. However, depending on the nature of your suit, you will likely need to go through the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) before you can begin your civil claim against your employer. The EEOC is the government agency tasked with overseeing the employment laws of the United States, and if your case involves any type of workplace discrimination or harassment, you will need to file an EEOC complaint before proceeding with direct legal action against your employer.
Legal representation is not only important for navigating the procedural requirements of your case, but also for ensuring you uncover every available channel of recovery in your claim. Many people who experience adverse mistreatment from their employers are aware of their rights in terms of seeking accountability for their employers’ actions, but they significantly underestimate the scope of compensation that might be available to them if they win their cases.
Experienced Employment Law Counsel in Orange County, CA
The team at the Diefer Law Group has years of professional experience handling all manner of employment law cases, and we can help you discern the best course of action for addressing your experience. We have assisted many Orange County workers with a wide range of employment cases, ensuring accountability for the employers that have mistreated them and securing compensation for their damages. We can put this experience to work for you no matter what your employment case entails:
- Disability. All employers are forbidden from discriminating on the basis of disability. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) sets clear rules for employers regarding their handling of employee disabilities, including making reasonable accommodations when necessary for a disabled employee to perform their job duties.
- Discrimination. Any form of workplace discrimination on the basis of personal qualities is illegal in the United States. If you believe you have faced illegal discrimination in your workplace due to your race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, sex, or sexual orientation, you likely have grounds to file an EEOC complaint against your employer.
- Ethics investigations. An ethics investigation can uncover unlawful and discriminatory practices in your workplace. Our firm has extensive experience handling these investigations and can apply our experience to your case.
- Employee benefits. Some employers attempt to take advantage of employees by refusing or failing to remit benefits owed to those employees. If you encounter any such issue with an employer and believe you are owed benefits, we can help you recover your losses.
- Family and Medical Leave Act. The FMLA enables American workers to take unpaid leave from work to address medical issues, either their own or those of close family members. Employers have various responsibilities they must uphold under FMLA, including job security for the employee on leave. If your employer has violated the FMLA, we can help you hold them accountable.
- Hostile work environment. A hostile work environment is any environment in which an employee is unable to do their job effectively due to harassment and mistreatment. A hostile work environment may arise from the actions of coworkers and/or a supervisor, and our team can help resolve any such issue through an EEOC complaint and further legal action if necessary.
- Meal/rest periods. State law enforces strict rules for employee meal and rest breaks. If you were denied legal breaks, your employer must compensate you for each missed break.
- Overtime/unpaid wages. Employers are legally obligated to pay their employees for all time worked, and the state enforces some of the strictest overtime rules in the country. If you were not paid correctly or were denied overtime pay, we can help you recover unpaid wages and unpaid overtime.
- Employer retaliation. Employers may not retaliate against any employee for a legally protected action taken in good faith, such as filing for workers’ compensation, demanding fair pay for time worked, or testifying as a whistleblower. If you experienced any form of employer retaliation in Orange County, we could determine your most viable options for legal recourse.
- Sexual harassment. Every employee has the right to a workplace free of sexual harassment of all kinds. If you experienced any kind of sexual harassment at work, we could help file an EEOC complaint and recover compensation for your damages.
- Severance agreements. Employers must meet certain requirements when it comes to remittance of final paychecks and honoring contractual severance agreements when an employee leaves an organization. If you believe an employer has violated a severance agreement or has not paid your final check on time, we can help ensure accountability.
- Whistleblower claims. Filing a whistleblower report in good faith can potentially shine a light on corporate malfeasance, environmental harm, and unjust workplace cultures. If you file a whistleblower report, you have the right to legal protection from any reprisals from your employer. Our firm can help assert your rights as a whistleblower.
- Wrongful termination. Employers have broad flexibility to fire employees under the at-will employment law, but they cannot fire employees for illegal reasons. If you believe your recent firing was unlawful, it can form the basis for a wrongful termination claim against your employer.
Attorneys Who Know California Employment Law
At Diefer Law Group, P.C., we have spent decades focusing exclusively on employment law. As former employment defense attorneys, we bring a unique understanding of the other side into every case. From out-of-court negotiations to complex litigation, the cases we have handled span the spectrum of California employment law issues. Our goal in every employment case we accept is to guide our client to the swiftest positive outcome possible. However, we have the skills and resources to handle protracted litigation if necessary for your recovery. Many employment cases escalate to involve multiple claimants and prolonged histories of adverse treatment of employees.
If your employer has violated your rights in any way, there is a very good possibility they have done the same to others. Your successful case can ensure accountability for these actions but also hopefully prevent others from facing the same ordeals in the future.
Understanding At-Will Employment in California
One of the most commonly cited obstacles facing employees who must pursue legal recourse against their employers is the state’s at-will employment law. Under this law, any working relationship continues at the will of both the employee and the employer. Either party may end the working relationship at any time, with or without prior notice. Many interpret this law to mean that an employer can fire an employee whenever they like for any reason or no reason at all. However, the at-will employment law does not allow an employer to fire an employee for an illegal reason, such as discrimination of any kind or retaliation against a legally protected action.
FAQs About Orange County, CA Employment Laws
As knowing the facts can make such a marked difference in your ability to successfully assert your rights, you need to be sure that the information you receive comes from a reliable source. In order to help you begin your legal journey on the right foot, our Orange County employment lawyers have chosen to answer some of the most frequently asked questions we hear about employment law and employee rights.
Is It Worth Filing an Employment Suit in Orange County?
A successful claim against an employer who has broken state or federal employment laws can not only yield compensation for lost pay and benefits, but also ensure accountability for this illegal action. If you have any reason to believe your employment rights have been violated in any way, it is absolutely worth speaking with an Orange County employment attorney about your options for legal recourse.
How Much Compensation Can I Recover for an Employment Suit?
What Are the Penalties My Employer Could Face?
Your employer may be faced with a very heavy financial penalty depending on the scope of their mistreatment of you and other employees in your organization. They will not only be required to repay any financial damages you suffered along with compensatory damages for your experience but will also likely face a large fine, depending on the nature of their actions. Therefore, when you choose Diefer Law Group to represent your case in Orange County, we will carefully explain the various potential outcomes your case may have, including both your recovery and the penalties your employer could face.
How Much Does It Cost to Hire an Orange County Employment Attorney?
Diefer Law Group understands the stress and financial strain your situation has likely caused, and we have no intention of adding to an already difficult situation with expensive hourly legal fees. Our firm will only take a fee if we win compensation on your behalf, and this contingency fee will be a percentage of your final case award. Therefore, there is no financial risk to hiring Diefer Law Group to represent your case.
How Long Will My Case Take to Conclude?
When an employer in Orange County is confronted with a solid case from an employee and they know they have violated state or federal employment laws, they will typically seek to settle the matter as quickly and as quietly as possible. Our team will provide you with a detailed estimate of what you can expect in terms of how long your impending legal proceedings are likely to last.
HOW DO I VOICE A COMPLAINT ABOUT MY EMPLOYER?
CAN EMPLOYERS FIRE OR DEMOTE ME WHEN I TAKE LEAVE?
WHAT ARE PROTECTED CLASSES?
- Race, color and national origin
- Age (40 and over)
- Sex, sexual orientation and gender expression
- Familial or marital status
- Disability status
WHAT IS EMPLOYER RETALIATION?
HOW MUCH IS MY CLAIM WORTH?
AM I ENTITLED TO OVERTIME?
- The executive exemption: Any employee who spends over half their work time managing businesses or departments of a business
- Emotional damagesThe administrative exemption: Any employee who spends over half their work time assisting an exempt individual in “servicing” a business in matters of significance
- The professional exemption: Any employee who has certain licenses to practice a profession or who works in a “learned or artistic” profession
- The computer software professional exemption: Any employees who work in highly theoretical aspects of computer software, making over $41 an hour
- The outside salesperson exemption: Any employee who works away from the workplace making sales/filling orders.
WHAT ARE THE PROTECTIONS FOR THE PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY HANDICAPPED?
- Fringe benefits
- And more
WHAT IS SEXUAL HARASSMENT?
DO I REALLY NEED AN Orange County Employment Law ATTORNEY?
Although there is no legal requirement for you to have representation when asserting your workplace rights, there is simply far too much that can go wrong to not work with experienced attorneys. From convoluted legal concepts and laws to the overwhelming potential for employers to aggressively contest claims, these types of cases can quickly become too much for employees with no legal backgrounds to handle. Additionally, working with an attorney can ensure that you fully understand your rights and legal options and that you have bold advocates by your side to help you as you pursue the resolution you require.
If you have any additional questions, or if you wish to personally discuss your case with a member of our legal team, please contact a Southern California employment lawyer from Diefer Law Group today.
Ethics investigations can arise when employees file whistleblower claims or otherwise raise concerns about discrimination, harassment or unlawful activity in the workplace. Our legal team guides clients through the process, ensuring that their rights and confidentiality are protected.
California law establishes strict guidelines regarding the obligations of employers to provide adequate meal and rest periods. When employers fail to meet these standards, they may be subject to penalties and employees may be eligible to receive compensation.
Sexual harassment is a serious, hot-button issue in the workplace and can take many forms, all of which boil down to unwanted sexualized conduct. Whether it is verbal or physical, sexual harassment should never be tolerated. Work with a firm that strives to protect your rights and confidentiality during this difficult process.
Employees have the right to speak out against their employers for claims of discrimination, misconduct or unlawful acts. Our team of Southern California employment attorneys helps you understand the various whistleblower laws and works zealously to protect your rights and confidentiality if you blow the whistle at work.
Discuss Your Case In A Free Case Evaluation
No matter how challenging the issue or how powerful the opposition may be, at Diefer Law Group, P.C., we fight for you. We treat you as we would want to be treated ourselves. We draw from our careers as former employment defense attorneys to provide you with insight to strengthen your case. We assign two fully qualified Southern California employment attorneys to every case. This way, you can be confident to receive attentive, bold and compassionate legal guides.
Find out about your rights and how our firm can be of assistance in a free case evaluation.
Consultations are absolutely free and can be conducted over the phone or in person. We often choose to use contingency fees, meaning that if there is no positive recovery in your case, you owe us nothing. Trust in a firm that truly cares about your rights. If you are ready to speak with a trustworthy Orange County employment attorney, contact Diefer Law Group today and schedule your consultation with our team.
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