Employment Attorneys in Orange County, CA
Every year, thousands of employees in Orange County and across Southern California are victimized by their employers. Withheld pay, illegal payroll deductions, employment discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful termination, and job misclassification are rampant in California.
Our Orange County employment law firm helps employees recover the pay, benefits, and other remedies to which they are entitled. We assist employees and, in appropriate cases, we pursue broad remedies through class action litigation.
According to the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), more than 66,000 California employees filed a complaint of employment discrimination in 2015. Filing an administrative complaint is usually required before a discrimination lawsuit can be commenced, even if the employee chooses to bypass the DFEH investigation process.
Our employment attorneys in Orange County, CA represent California employees who have been treated unfairly in their workplace because of their:
- Race or Color
- National Origin or Ancestry
- Gender Identity
- Marital Status
- Medical Condition
- Military Status
Our representation includes filing state or federal lawsuits. We only collect a fee if we win your case.
Unfair or unequal treatment that affects pay or other conditions of employment violates the law if it is motivated by discrimination. Examples of unfair treatment include:
- Failure to hire
- Demotion or failure to promote
- Reduction in pay or benefits
Transfer to a less desirable position, shift, or location
If you are uncertain whether unfair treatment in your workplace rises to the level of discrimination, contact a Cooper Law Firm employment attorney in Orange County, CA for a free consultation. You should do so immediately since the deadline for initiating a discrimination complaint is very short.
Harassment of employees violates laws against discrimination when it is based on race, sex, or membership in one of the other categories protected by employment discrimination laws. Harassment is recognized as a form of discrimination when it is carried out by business owners or supervisors, or if it is so pervasive that it creates a hostile work environment.
Sexual harassment might consist of unwelcome sexual advances, conditioning employment or benefits on providing sexual favors, inappropriate touching, or the frequent repetition of sexual jokes or innuendos. Racial harassment usually consists of a pattern of racial slurs, insults, or unfavorable treatment by other workers that makes the workplace intolerable.
Taking any action to punish an employee for making a discrimination complaint, for testifying on behalf of a discrimination victim, or for investigating the possibility of discrimination violates state and federal law. An employee is entitled to a remedy for retaliation even if the underlying discrimination complaint is decided in the employer’s favor.
The Cooper Law Firm represents employment discrimination or retaliation victims who have been treated unfairly because of their membership in one of the protected classes listed above. Call The Cooper Law Firm employment lawyers in Orange County to learn how we can help you fight against workplace discrimination.
An employer cannot fire an employee for any of the following reasons:
· Acting as a “whistleblower” if the reporting of misconduct is protected by law.
- Refusing to violate a law.
- Making a wage claim.
- Engaging in protected union activity.
- Exercising the right to take family or medical leave.
Other terminations may be unlawful if they violate public policy or an employment contract. If you are not sure whether your termination was wrongful, contact The Cooper Law Firm for a free consultation.
The Cooper Law Firm Orange County employment lawyers represent employees who have not been paid the wages they earned. In addition to helping employees recover withheld wages and salary deductions, we represent employees who have been denied overtime, who have not been paid minimum wage, who were denied meal and rest breaks, and who were not reimbursed for expenses they paid on behalf of an employer.
Minimum Wage and Overtime
Almost all employees in California are entitled to payment of a minimum wage. Employers must also pay overtime compensation to nonexempt employees for all hours they work in excess of 8 hours per day or 40 hours per week. Employees who work 7 consecutive days are also entitled to overtime.
Some employers improperly classify employees as “exempt” to avoid paying overtime. New regulations limit the kinds of jobs that can legitimately be classified as exempt. If you think your employer is cheating you out of overtime by improperly classifying you as an exempt employee, ask The Cooper Law Firm whether your employer’s actions are legal. You may be entitled to recover back pay for the overtime hours you worked.
Unpaid Wages and Unreimbursed Expenses
If your employer withheld your pay or did not pay your wages when payment was due, you may be entitled to remedies in addition to your unpaid wages. Unpaid wage claims can be made for:
- Requiring an employee to work “off the clock.”
- Making illegal or unauthorized deductions from pay.
· Failing to provide a final paycheck after employment ends.
- Failing to pay earned commissions.
· Failing to pay for on-call or travel time when the law requires payment to be made.
- False record keeping.
You are also entitled to be reimbursed for expenses that you paid on your employer’s behalf. Contact The Cooper Law Firm if you believe you were denied wages or expense reimbursements.
Meal and Rest Breaks
Full-time hourly employees are entitled to be paid for rest breaks. They are also entitled to one or more unpaid meal breaks. Employers that force a nonexempt employee to work (or to remain at a job site) during required meal or rest breaks may owe the employee “premium pay.” The Cooper Law Firm helps employees recover compensation when their right to meal and rest breaks has been violated.
If you think your employer has (or might have) failed to pay the wages you earned or has computed your pay in a way that violates federal or state wage and hour laws, contact The Cooper Law Firm. Our OC employment attorneys will give you a free evaluation of your case and will advise you of the potential administrative and court claims you can make to recover your lost pay.
Misclassification as Independent Contractors
Businesses often attempt to evade wage and hour laws, and to save the expense of making social security, unemployment compensation, and workers compensation insurance payments, by classifying an employee as an independent contractor. A number of federal and state laws protect the right of employees to be paid as employees, not as independent contractors.
If you created your own business, set your own hours, and work for several different clients, you are probably an independent contractor. If not, you may be entitled to the rights, benefits, and compensation of an employee. If you have been misclassified as an independent contractor, you can pursue back pay and other substantial remedies.
Mistreated? Obtain a Free Case Evaluation
The employment lawyers in Orange County at The Cooper Law Firm represent California workers who have been improperly classified as independent contractors. Make an appointment with The Cooper Law Firm if you believe your job was misclassified.
Call (844) 724-9200 to receive a free case evaluation from an attorney at The Cooper Law Firm. We’ve helped recover more than $200,000,000 and have a Superb 10/10 AVVO attorney rating.