Ladera Ranch is home to many individuals employed in professional, management, technology, and business occupations. While the city’s workforce is well-educated, employment-related disputes are not uncommon. That’s where The Rankin Law Firm comes in.
Our employment law practice is dedicated to holding employers accountable for violating the rights of employees in Ladera Ranch and throughout California. We have a proven history of achieving positive outcomes for our clients involved in employment and labor disputes through negotiation and litigation.
From sexual harassment and employment discrimination to retaliation and wrongful termination, we have the skills and experience to protect your rights. Contact our office today to speak with our experienced California employment lawyer.
Sexual Harassment Lawyer Serving Ladera Ranch, California
Sexual harassment is considered an unlawful form of sex-based discrimination under federal, state, and local law; it can impact anyone regardless of their sex, sexual orientation, or identity. While employers can be held liable for sexual harassment by supervisors and coworkers, employers may also be responsible for harassment in the workplace by third parties, such as customers, clients, and vendors.
Generally, there are two forms of workplace harassment. One is referred to as quid pro quo harassment which happens when a supervisor or another person in a position of authority makes unwelcome sexual advances or demands. Another form of harassment occurs when offensive comments or conduct by anyone in the workplace — supervisor, coworker, third party — are severe or pervasive enough to create a hostile work environment.
Regardless of the offender’s position or status, all employers in Ladera Ranch have a duty to provide their employees with a work environment free from sexual harassment. Nonetheless, victims are often reluctant to come forward out of fear of losing their jobs. You should know that your employer cannot fire you or retaliate in other ways (e.g. demotion, discipline) for complaining about harassment.
At The Rankin Law Firm, we are committed to combatting sexual harassment in all its forms and helping employers and employees establish positive work environments. Whether you have experienced harassment in your workplace or your business is facing a sexual harassment claim, you need the informed representation we provide.
Ladera Ranch Employment Discrimination Lawyer
Federal and state laws prohibit employers from making employment decisions based on race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, and other protected characteristics. These laws include:
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII)
- Americans with Disability Act (ADA)
- Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
- Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA)
- Genetic Information Non-discrimination Act (GINA)
- California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA)
Despite the available legal protections, employment discrimination continues to occur in a variety of work settings in Ladera Ranch. Whether you have been laid off because of your age or denied a job opportunity because of your race or any other protected characteristic, our employment discrimination attorneys can help to protect your rights.
We have extensive experience handling employment discrimination claims in administrative proceedings as well as state and federal court. While we work to resolve employment-related disputes through negotiation, mediation, or arbitration, we are always prepared to litigate to achieve the best possible outcome.
California is an “at-will” employment state, which means that both employers and employees in Ladera Ranch can terminate the employment relationship at any time without cause or reason. Employees cannot terminate workers for unlawful or discriminatory reasons, however. This means that you cannot be fired because of a legally protected characteristic, or for exercising a legal right, such as complaining about discrimination or harassment or reporting unlawful conduct by your employer (whistleblowing).
Given that employers have an unfair advantage over employees, proving wrongful termination or employment retaliation is challenging. At The Rankin Law Firm, we have the skills and experience to level the playing field. If you have been treated unfairly and terminated illegally, we will work to protect your right to earn a living and your reputation.
Why Choose The Rankin Law Firm
If you believe your employment rights have been violated, we will help you explore all your legal options. We know that taking legal action against an employer is never easy and will stand by you every step of the way. Regardless of the forum — mediation, arbitration, or litigation — we will work to help you achieve the best possible outcome.
Conveniently located in Ladera Ranch, our firm has a proven history of successfully resolving employment-related disputes throughout California. Above all, we are committed to protecting the rights of workers and helping employers understand their legal obligations. Contact our office today for a consultation.