Best Employment Law Attorneys in San Mateo
No matter what employer you work for in the greater San Mateo area, you have certain rights that are protected by law to ensure that you are treated fairly in the workplace. Most employers will never cross the line and violate these laws, but when they do, you have legal recourse to seek compensation for any damages you may have incurred as a result.
Federal laws prohibit employers from basing employee and applicant decisions based on sex, gender, age, race, disability, sexual orientation or other such factors. Many of these laws were enacted as part of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans With Disabilities Act and other similar laws designed to create a positive work environment with a level playing field for all employees.
If you have been subjected to any form of workplace harassment or discrimination, you will need an experienced employment attorney to help you mount an effective case against your employer. At The Cartwright Law Firm, our legal team works closely with each client on an individual basis, giving them direction and guidance so that they can be compensated for any employer transgressions. Our extensive employment law experience means we can tackle the toughest cases that involve complex legal issues and strict deadlines. This includes substantial regulatory rules and guidelines that must be followed when dealing with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH).
Some of the more common employment issues we deal with include:
Employment Discrimination. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 governs employers with 15 or more employees and prohibits them from discriminating against an employee or an applicant based on race, national origin, gender, or religion. An employer cannot refuse to hire, discipline, fire, fail to promote, pay less or demote an employee based on these factors. They may also not adopt a policy that has a negative impact on a protected class such as minorities or women. Title VII also protects male or Caucasian employees or applicants against reverse discrimination as well.
If you are over 40 years of age, you are also in a protected class and fall under certain discrimination laws. At the Cartwright Law Firm, we handle cases involving disabled employees and employer actions that violate the Americans With Disabilities Act. To be in compliance, employers are responsible for providing “reasonable accommodation” for the disabled if necessary. This may mean a modified work schedule, or building a ramp for a wheelchair-bound employee or installing special devices that will help the employee in the performance of their job.
Sexual Harassment. One of the most unwelcome of all employment workplace issues, sexual harassment is defined as any unwelcome sexual advance or conduct of a sexual nature that interferes with the performance of a person’s job. The Cartwright Law Group has taken on many sexual harassment cases that can range from unwelcome jokes of a sexual nature, to inappropriate physical touching or any action or activity that creates a potentially intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment. Employers with more than 15 employees are governed by Title VII. Employers with less than 15 employees are governed by state and local laws.
Wrongful Termination. One of the most common reasons for wrongful termination is firing an employee for becoming a whistleblower, bringing the illegal activities of an employer to the attention of appropriate legal authorities. As a whistleblower, an employee is afforded protections that allow them to remain on the job.
There are several other ways an employee can be wrongfully terminated as well. Employers have committed an illegal act if a person was fired in violation of anti-discrimination laws, as a form of sexual harassment, or fired in violation of any oral or written agreements between the employee and the employer.
The Cartwright Law Firm’s goal in all employment cases is to make sure our clients’ rights are protected and that they are fairly compensated for any employer-related damages that have taken place.
We are backed by 60 years of experience and are recognized as one of Northern California’s leading employment litigation firms. We take pride in our success, but we are just as proud of how we treat our clients, protecting their rights while we work through difficult legal situations.
If you have been the victim of an illegal employment action either as an employee or as an applicant in the workplace, contact The Cartwright Law Firm for a free consultation today. We represent clients throughout the greater Bay Area with offices in San Mateo, San Francisco, Discovery Bay, Santa Rosa, and Vacaville. Our fees are charged as a percentage of any compensation awarded to our clients and you pay nothing if we fail to win your case.