The Rankin Law Firm

The Rankin Law Firm is dedicated to protecting employees throughout California from discrimination, harassment, unfair wage and hour practices, and wrongful termination. We have in-depth knowledge of the applicable federal, state, and local employment laws and a proven history of resolving workplace disputes through arbitration, mediation, and litigation.

If you believe your employment rights have been violated, we will take the time to understand your circumstances and explore all of your options. While employment-related disputes can often be resolved through negotiated settlements, we are fully prepared to go to trial when necessary. When you consult with us, you can rest assured that we will always put your best interests first. Please contact our office today to speak with an experienced employment law attorney.

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The Experienced Choice in California Employment Law

Although employees in California  have powerful legal protections, enforcing your rights can be challenging. This is where The Rankin Law Firm comes in. We understand your concerns about taking legal action against your employer and will guide you every step of the way. Our legal team has extensive experience handling a wide range of employment law claims, including:

Employment Discrimination

Local, state and federal laws prohibit employers from discriminating against employees and prospective employees based on race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, and other characteristics.

This means that employers cannot make employment decisions — hiring, firing, promoting, compensating — based on a protected characteristic. As an example, it is unlawful for an employer to fire an employee for taking medical leave for a known physical or mental disability.

Whether you were not hired because of your age, unfairly disciplined based on a disability, or  denied opportunities for advancement because you’re a working mom, trust The Rankin Law Firm to fight for your rights.

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Wage & Hour Claims

All workers in California, with limited exceptions, must be paid the minimum wage, which is scheduled to be raised to $15 per hour by 2023; a number of cities and counties have enacted minimum wage laws that exceed state requirements.

In addition, all employees are entitled to paid sick leave, and those designated as “nonexempt” must be paid overtime at a rate of time-and-one-half their regular pay rate for more than 8 hours per day or 40 hours per week. Finally, minimum salary thresholds are in place for exempt employees, while minimum wage requirements also impact commissioned, inside salespeople.

Despite these requirements, employers often engage in wage theft by failing to pay the minimum wage, miscalculating rates of pay, and misclassifying employees. At The Rankin Law Firm, we know how to hold employers accountable and can help you recover damages through a wage and hour claim.

Wrongful Termination/Retaliation

California is an “at-will” state for purposes of employment, which means that workers can be terminated at any time, for any reason or no reason at all. Employers are prohibited from terminating employees for illegal or discriminatory reasons, however, or when there is a written or implied contract between the parties. Finally, it is illegal for employers to retaliate against employees who complain about discrimination, harassment, or illegal conduct by taking an adverse employment action.

Sexual Harassment

All employees in California have a right to a work environment free from sexual harassment, which is considered an unlawful form of discrimination under state and federal law. Harassment may involve demands for sexual favors by a supervisor in exchange for a promotion (“quid pro quo” harassment) or unwanted conduct, comments, or visual displays of a sexual nature by anyone in the workplace, including supervisors, coworkers, vendors, clients or customers (“hostile work environment”).

While the #MeToo movement has raised public awareness of workplace harassment, many victims are afraid to come forward out of fear of retaliation. If you have been subjected to sexual harassment on the job, it takes an experienced employment lawyer to fight for your rights.

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How The Rankin Law Firm Can Help

Whether you have been subjected to discrimination or harassment, wrongfully terminated or retaliated against for complaining about wages, we know how to fight back. We regularly represent clients in claims before the Department of Fair Housing and Employment, the California Labor Department, the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and state and federal courts.

Our legal team has a well-earned reputation as dedicated advocates who provide each client with trustworthy advice and dependable service. We have the skills and experience to protect your rights, your livelihood, and your reputation, inside and outside of the courtroom.

Fighting for the Rights of Injured Workers in California

If you have been injured on the job, your first concern is receiving the medical treatment you need. But how will you overcome your loss of income and mounting medical expenses? Although you are entitled to benefits under the state’s workers’ compensation program, obtaining these vital resources can be complicated. That’s the time to contact The Rankin Law Firm. We know the ins and outs of California’s workers’ compensation system and will make sure you receive these much needed benefits.

California Personal Injury Attorney

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident that was caused by the negligent, reckless, or intentional conduct of another party, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. Because injury claims typically involve negotiating with an insurance company, it is wise to work with an experienced personal injury lawyer. At The Rankin Law Firm, we know how to level the playing field against insurers and will fight to help you obtain the maximum compensation you deserve.

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Contact Our Experienced California Employment Lawyer

Call our office 949.373.0788 Ladera Ranch, CA

If you are involved in an employment-related dispute, you need the informed representation The Rankin Law Firm provides. We know that employers have an unfair advantage over employees who rely on their jobs to provide for themselves and their families. Above all, we believe that you have a right to be both treated and compensated fairly. When you become our client, you will have peace of mind knowing that an experienced employment lawyer is on your side. Please reach out to our office today to set up a consultation.

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