When you work for an employer, you not only have expectations that you will be treated fairly as part of your agreement with them, you are also protected by many federal and state laws that guarantee certain aspects of your employment. With these laws in place, you can focus on doing your job well, free from many of the negatives that can create a long-term and sour work environment.

Despite the fact that many laws are on the books, there are times when an employer will violate one or more of these laws. Although federal laws prohibit employers from basing employment decisions based on sex, gender, age, race, disability, sexual orientation and other such factors, violations do occur with regularity. When an employer violates these laws, causing you financial, emotional or physical harm, you have the recourse to seek compensation for any damages you have incurred.

At The Cartwright Law Firm, Inc.we work with our clients to hold employers accountable for their illegal actions. Our legal team in Santa Rosa works closely with each client on an individual basis, giving them direction and guidance so that they can be compensated for any employer transgression. 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:

  1. 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. Title VII also protects male or Caucasian employees or applicants against reverse discrimination as well which usually takes place when an overly ambitious affirmative action program is in place.
  2. Employees or applicants who are over 40 years of age are protected under employment discrimination laws. At The Cartwright Law Firm, Inc. we also handle cases involving disabled employees and employer actions that violate the Americans With Disabilities Act. To be in compliance, employers are accountable 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.
  3. Sexual Harassment. Sexual harassment in the workplace is defined as any unwelcome sexual advance or conduct of a sexual nature that interferes with the performance of a person’s job. We have 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. In all cases, employers may be liable for compensatory damages and punitive damages.
  4. Wrongful Termination. 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 complaint against an employer (known as being a whistleblower), or fired in violation of any oral or written agreements between the employee and the employer.

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, Inc. for a free consultation today. We represent clients throughout the greater Bay Area with offices in Santa Rosa, San Francisco, Discovery Bay, San Mateo, 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.

Our successful case results are a reflection of the values and virtues we believe in and uphold at Cartwright Law Firm. Nothing stops us from pursuing justice on behalf of those who need it.

Robert E. Cartwright Jr.
Founder and Managing Partner

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