Affordable Employment Law Attorney in Vacaville
When an employer allows actions or behavior in the workplace that discriminate against a protected class of employees, they may be held accountable for their actions using legal means.
There are many laws on the books that protect employees from a hostile and harassing workplace, and when these laws are violated, an employee can seek legal remedies and compensation to protect their rights and allow them to remain focused on doing their job in a positive workplace.
State and federal laws prohibit employers from basing employment decisions on sex, gender, age, race, disability, sexual orientation and other factors, violations do, however, occur with regularity.
At The Cartwright Law Firm, we work with our clients to hold Vacaville area employers accountable for their illegal actions. 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. An employer with 15 or more employees is governed by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This prohibits an employer 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. When an overly ambitious affirmative action program is in place,
Title VII can also protect from reverse discrimination against male or Caucasian employees or applicants as well. Employees or applicants who are over 40 years of age are protected under employment 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. Any unwelcome sexual advance or conduct of a sexual nature that interferes with the performance of a person’s job can be considered sexual harassment. The Cartwright Law Firm has taken on many of these types of 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. In all cases, employers may be liable for compensatory damages and punitive damages.
Wrongful Termination. At The Cartwright Law Firm, we have seen many cases of employees who have been laid off or fired for an unlawful reason, opening the door for them to file a wrongful termination claim against their former employer. Wrongful termination is considered an illegal act if a person was fired in violation of anti-discrimination laws, as a form of sexual harassment, in retaliation for filing a whistleblower complaint against an employer, 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 Vacaville, San Francisco, Discovery Bay, Santa Rosa and San Mateo. 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.