Los Angeles Employment Law Attorney

Rankin Law Firm is a premier employment law practice representing workers throughout Los Angeles. From discrimination and harassment to unfair wage and hour practices and wrongful termination, we are the experienced choice in employment law. 

Well-versed in the applicable employment laws, rules, and regulations, our legal team has a proven history of resolving workplace disputes in Los Angeles through arbitration, mediation, and litigation. Though we prefer to reach negotiated settlements to employment and labor disputes, we prepare each case file to gain an advantage at the bargaining table. When negotiations break down, we are fully prepared to litigate. 

Trust our experienced employment lawyers to protect your rights in and out of the courtroom. Above all, we will always work in your best interests and provide you with powerful representation and dependable service. Contact our office today so we can start working on your Los Angeles employment law claim. 

Know Your Employment Rights in Los Angeles

Employees in Los Angeles and throughout California have a number of legal rights, although protecting and enforcing these rights can be challenging. Let’s face it, taking legal action against an employer is daunting when your livelihood and reputation are hanging in the balance. The Rankin Law Firm is here to help.

When you consult with us, we will take the time to hear your concerns and address them with trustworthy advice and counsel. We will guide you every step of the way and make sure you are treated fairly. Our experienced Los Angeles employment lawyers are highly experienced in handling all types of employment law claims, including:

Employment Discrimination 

Applicable anti-discrimination laws prohibit employers from discriminating against employees and job applicants on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, and other characteristics. In short, employers cannot make employment decisions — hiring, firing, promoting, compensating — based on a protected characteristic. 

Ultimately, employment discrimination claims in Los Angeles are complicated and require proving that you were treated unfairly based on your protected status. For this reason, it is essential to have an experienced employment lawyer on your side. 

Sexual Harassment

All employees in Los Angeles have a right to a work environment free from sexual harassment, regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Harassment can occur in a number of ways. For example, a supervisor demanding sexual favors of an employee in return for a job benefit (e.g. raise, promotion) is referred to as quid pro quo harassment. Also, harassment can also arise when anyone is subjected to unwanted conduct, comments, or displays of a sexual nature in the workplace. 

While an offhand comment or an isolated incident may not constitute harassment, a pattern of misconduct may give rise to an illegal hostile work environment. Regardless of the circumstances, the best way to protect your rights is to consult with an experienced Los Angeles sexual harassment attorney

Wage and Hour Claims 

All workers in Los Angeles must be paid the minimum wage, and most employees are entitled to paid sick leave. Also, employees 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. 

In addition, there are applicable minimum salary thresholds for exempt employees, while minimum wage requirements also impact commissioned, inside salespeople. Unfortunately, employers often engage in wage and hour violations by:

  • Failing to pay the minimum wage
  • Miscalculating rates of pay
  • Misclassifying employees.

At The Rankin Law Firm, we have a proven history of achieving successful outcomes in Los Angeles wage and hour claims.

Wrongful Termination/Retaliation

Most employees in Los Angeles work “at-will,”  which means that either party can terminate the employment relationship at any time, for any reason, or no reason at all. Of course, employers have power over employees who depend on a paycheck and often terminate workers for unlawful or discriminatory reasons. 

Proving wrongful termination can be difficult because employers often disguise their illegal or discriminatory motives, which is why it is crucial to have an experienced Los Angeles wrongful termination lawyer in your corner. 

Why Choose The Rankin Law Firm for Your Los Angeles Employment Law Claim

Although employees in Los Angeles have legal protections under local, state, and federal employment laws, disputes with employers are commonplace. When employment-related disputes rise to the level of litigation, it takes an experienced employment lawyer to achieve a positive outcome.

When you come to The Rankin Law Firm, we will leverage our negotiating skills to help you achieve positive results through the alternative dispute resolution process (e.g. mediation, arbitration). If litigation becomes necessary, our trial-ready approach will stand you in good stead in state and federal court.

Our employment lawyers are equally comfortable in administrative proceedings before federal and state agencies or at trial. Regardless of the forum — mediation, arbitration or litigation — we will work to help you recover damages for the harm you have suffered. Above all, we will always work in your best interests and fight to protect your employment rights.

Contact Our Experienced Los Angeles Employment Lawyers

If you are involved in a dispute with your employer, don’t go it alone. Turn to The Rankin Law Firm instead. We will provide you with powerful representation when you need it most and work to protect your right to earn a living. Contact us today for a consultation.