Employment Attorneys in Los Angeles
Fighting for the Rights of Workers in Southern California
If you have been mistreated or discriminated against by your employer, Chaleff Rehwald is here to help. For nearly four decades, the employment attorneys at Chaleff Rehwald have established a winning record representing people from all walks of life in Southern California. We are ready to aggressively represent you to recover just compensation for lost wages, unpaid overtime, harassment and discrimination, whistleblowing, and all other violations of California and federal employment law.
Members of our team have earned recognitions such as the Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® Rating and inclusion in the California Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠ list.
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If your employer has discriminated against or mistreated you in any way — such as by having harassed, wrongfully terminated, retaliated against, improperly paid or withheld wages from you — at work, contact the employment lawyers in the San Fernando Valley and Greater Southern California Area at Chaleff Rehwald for immediate expert assistance. A member from our team will discuss your options during a comprehensive and free case evaluation. Swift action will be taken on your behalf.
Information About Employment Law Cases
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In California, employment is presumed to be “at will,” meaning that an employer can generally fire an employee with or without cause. There are, however, exceptions to this rule. If the termination was in violation of a contract, in retaliation for reporting certain types of illegal activity, or if the firing was motived by a protected characteristic, such as age, gender, orientation, religion, disability or any other protected class — you may have grounds to sue for wrongful termination.
If your employer has discriminated against you, harassed you, wrongfully terminated you, improperly paid or withheld wages from you, retaliated against you, or mistreated you at work, contact the employment lawyers in the San Fernando Valley and Greater Southern California Area at Chaleff Rehwald for immediate assistance. A member from our team will discuss your options during a comprehensive and free case evaluation. Swift action will be taken on your behalf.
If your employer is refusing to pay for overtime work that you performed, is not providing you a work-free meal break period, is not paying you for all of the hours you work, or is otherwise denying you wages that you deserve, then contact the employment lawyers in the San Fernando Valley and Greater Southern California Area at Chaleff Rehwald immediately for assistance. A member from our team will discuss your options during a comprehensive and free case evaluation. Swift action will be taken on your behalf to recover your lost wages.
Types of Discrimination
Under the Fair Employment and Housing Act, there are several different protected traits that may serve as the basis for a claim of workplace discrimination. An employer cannot legally discriminate against an employee on the basis of age, race, gender, orientation, marital status, national origin, or any other protected personal characteristics.
Anyone can become a victim of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment includes a wide range of unwelcome sexual conduct, such as sexual advances; requests or demands for sexual favors in exchange for promotion or continued employment; touching or fondling; and the use of lewd or inappropriate language in the workplace. Sexual harassment becomes illegal when the harasser is asked to stop and continues to engage in harassment anyway.
If you are being sexually harassed, the first step is to report the harassment to a supervisor or your Human Resources Department. If the harassment continues, we can help you pursue a claim and recover any lost wages, benefits, or compensation that you may be entitled to as a result of this illegal activity.
If you have evidence of fraud, criminal activity, or a violation of employment law in the workplace, you have a right and a duty to speak out. Don’t let concerns over retaliation prevent you from taking action. We can help you file a whistleblower claim in order to expose the situation and to secure compensation for the wrongs you may have suffered.
Before signing any type of severance agreement, it is in your best interest to seek legal counsel to determine your rights. The lawyers at Chaleff Rehwald can determine whether the agreement is fair and favorable to you. While severance agreements are not required in California, many employers may offer them to avoid future legal action or disruption to their business. We can help you negotiate a severance agreement to ensure that your rights are protected and that you obtain maximum benefits and compensation.
If you have already signed a severance agreement, but you feel it is unfair, it may still be possible to file a claim for damages. Many release agreements drafted by employers contain illegal terms and may be set-aside on those grounds. If you have signed a release agreement, contact the lawyers at Chaleff Rehwald to see if the agreement is enforceable. .
Hostile Work Environment
Under California law, all employees have a right to a safe workplace free from harassment and discrimination. If you have been subjected to continuous harassment, discrimination, or retaliatory behavior by a supervisor, co-worker, or customer who is preventing you from doing your job, then this may constitute a “hostile work environment” in violation of California law, and we may be able to help you take legal action.
Under the California Labor Code, most employment in California is considered to be “at will” unless an employment contract specifies the duration of employment. At-will employment means that either you or your employer can terminate the relationship without a reason; however, there are some restrictions on the conditions under which your employer can fire you. For example, you cannot be terminated for reporting workplace harassment or illegal activity, refusing to engage in unlawful activity, or for choosing to join a labor union. Similarly, you cannot be fired if your termination was motivated by any type of discrimination, such as discrimination based on your age, gender, race, religion, or disability.
Most employees in California are eligible to receive overtime pay when they work more than 8 hours in a single day or 40 hours in any 7-day period, with a few exceptions for professional, executive, and administrative employees.
Overtime is calculated as “time and a half,” or 1.5 times the worker’s normal hourly rate (1.5 × normal hourly rate). If, for example, you normally earn $15 per hour and work a 50-hour workweek, then your overtime pay rate would be $22.50 per hour (1.5 × $15 = $22.50) for all hours you work over 40 hours. You would be entitled to $225 in overtime per week ($22.50 × 10). That would be $825 per week, rather than $750 ($15 × 50). If you are not getting overtime pay, your employer may be breaking the law!
Non-exempt employees who work more than 12 hours in any single day or more than 8 hours on the seventh consecutive day of a single week are entitled to receive “double time,” or double their hourly rate. If you are not getting overtime pay, your employer may be breaking the law!
Salaried employees may be entitled to overtime pay provided their employment status is not “exempt”. Even if your employer has classified you as an “exempt” employee, you may be entitled to overtime if more than 50% of your time is spent on non-exempt duties. Our attorneys can review your case and determine if this situation applies to you.
There is strength in numbers. Often, an individual has grounds to sue for a valid employment law claim but cannot because the monetary value of the claim is insufficient to justify the cost of a lawsuit. In such cases, it can be effective to band together with co-workers against the same employer or corporation through a “class action” representing all the members of the group. The class action can generate sufficient compensation to cover the costs of litigation. Most importantly, by bringing the pressure of multiple legal claims together as a “class action,” the overall claim is more powerful.
Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and Other Protected Leaves of Absence
Under the terms of the FMLA and the California Family Rights Act, (“CFRA”) you may have the right to take a 12-week job protected leave due to your serious medical condition or that of a close family member. In addition, other statutory provisions of the Fair Employment and Housing Act require employers to provide finite leaves of absence as a reasonable accommodation. The laws governing disability and other protected leaves are complicated. Many employers do not fully understand the laws protecting disabled and injured workers and regularly make mistakes. The lawyers at Chaleff Rehwald have successfully represented employees who have been terminated during or upon returning from protected leaves of absence.
In addition to protected leaves of absence, the law creates an affirmative duty for employers to provide reasonable accommodations to employees who suffer from a qualifying disability. Reasonable accommodations may include making existing facilities accessible for disabled employees, transferring disabled employees, providing aids for employees, job restructuring, part-time or modified schedules, permitting employees to work from home, or reassignment to a vacant position.
In addition, both employers and disabled employees have an obligation to engage in a good faith interactive process that is aimed at finding an effective accommodation for the disabled employee that allows him or her to perform the essential functions of the position. If you believe you are entitled to a reasonable accommodation, contact the lawyers at Chaleff Rehwald to determine your legal rights.
Why You Should Hire Chaleff Rehwald
If you try to negotiate a settlement with your employer without legal representation, you may be pressured into accepting an agreement that does not serve your best interests or provide you with the compensation you deserve.
If your employer has discriminated against or mistreated you in any way, including in the form of harassment, wrongful termination, improperly paid or withheld wages, or retaliation, then contact the employment lawyers in the San Fernando Valley and Greater Southern California Area at Chaleff Rehwald for immediate assistance. A member from our team will discuss your options during a comprehensive and free case evaluation. Swift action will be taken on your behalf.