California Employment Law FAQ
Employment law issues can arise out of numerous scenarios, each requiring an advanced knowledge of the rules and regulations that surround this area of the law.
Below you'll find the answers to the many common questions asked of our Sacramento employment law attorneys.
What is employment law?
Employment law is an area that covers the rights that are due to workers from their employers. Topics in employment law range from wrongful termination, workplace discrimination, wage and hour disputes, sexual harassment claims and more. In order to protect employees, employment laws are in place which give the workers an avenue for addressing issues that stem from work-related disputes.
What is wrongful termination?
If an employee is fired on grounds that violate public policy then they may have been wrongfully terminated. Employers cannot terminate a workers employment on the basis of discrimination, retaliation, fraud, or whistleblower claims.
What is workplace discrimination and is it illegal?
An employee who is fired or not offered equal career opportunities because of their race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, disability status or in retaliation for filing a formal complaint may be experiencing workplace discrimination.
Workplace discrimination IS illegal under laws enforced by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Can I file a claim for workplace discrimination?
Yes. Depending on your situation, if you believe you were discriminated against on the basis of age, disability, harassment, nation of origin, religion, gender or sexual orientation, you may have a claim.
Contact Sacramento employment law attorneys at Arnold Law Firm today for a free legal consultation.
What is a whistleblower or qui tam claim?
When an employee has knowledge or suspicion that a corporation is committing fraud, that employee can file a qui tam, or whistleblower, claim against the employer to report their actions. Whistleblowers are protected under the Fair Labor Standards Act, a federal law which shields employees from retaliation if they decide to file a claim.
Arnold Law Firm offers free consultations for anyone who believes they have a whistleblower claim.
What is sexual harassment?
Sexual harassment is legally actionable. When an employee is subjected to unwanted sexual advances of a coworker or superior they could be eligible to file a sexual harassment claim.
If the employee files a claim and is subsequently fired or otherwise punished by their employer for it, they could have further claims of wrongful termination or workplace discrimination.
Does employment law cover workplace safety?
Yes. Under the U.S. Occupation and Safety Administrations guidelines, employers may be legally responsible for harm that comes to their workers if it occurred as a result of negligent safety practices.
Do You Need Help With An Employment Dispute?
Unlawful practices against employees can happen to anyone. If you have experienced issues in the workplace that have hindered your ability to advance or that ended your employment completely, contact Arnold Law Firm to learn more about your options.
Our team of legal professionals can be reached at (916) 777-7777 and are ready to help review the details of your claim today.