Orange County, California may be home to Disneyland and numerous beaches, but working here is not a walk in the park for employees who face discrimination and harassment. Fortunately, they have access to The Rankin Law Firm, a premier employment law practice conveniently located in Ladera Ranch.
Our firm is highly experienced in handling all types of employment-related disputes and has a proven history of achieving positive outcomes in administrative and court proceedings. While we prefer to seek negotiated settlements, we are always prepared for employment litigation.
Regardless of the workplace issue confronting you, we have the knowledge and skill to protect your rights. Contact our office today to speak with an experienced Orange County employment law attorney.
Sexual Harassment Attorney Fighting for Workers in Orange County, California
Employees often confront various forms of harassment in the workplace. In some cases, sexual harassment may involve unwanted advances from a supervisor or another authority figure. This is referred to as quid pro quo harassment.
Also, workers can be subjected to offensive comments, conduct, or visual displays by anyone in the workplace (e.g. supervisor, co-worker, vendor, customer) that are severe or pervasive enough to interfere with their job performance. This form of harassment is known as a hostile work environment.
Finally, offensive comments need not be of a sexual nature to be illegal: making derogatory comments about an individual’s gender, including his or her sexual orientation or gender identity (e.g. making offensive comments about women in general) also constitutes sexual harassment.
In any event, sexual harassment is considered an unlawful form of sex discrimination under federal and state laws. At The Rankin Law Firm, we have extensive experience resolving sexual harassment claims through negotiation and litigation.
Orange County Employment Discrimination Lawyer
Employers in California are prohibited from discriminating against employees and job applicants based on race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, and other characteristics. This means that employment decisions (e.g. hiring, firing, compensating, promoting) cannot be made on the basis of a legally protected characteristic.
Proving discrimination can be complicated because employers often disguise their discriminatory motives as legitimate business decisions. If you believe you have been treated unfairly by an employer in Orange County because of your protected status, our employment discrimination attorneys will help to right this wrong.
California, like most states, is an “at-will” state for purposes of employment. This means that both employers and employees in Orange County can terminate the working relationship at any time, with or without cause. However, employers have an unfair advantage and often fire workers for discriminatory or unlawful reasons.
If you believe you have been terminated for complaining about discrimination, harassment, or illegal conduct by your employer, you may have a viable wrongful termination or employment retaliation claim. Our experienced employment lawyers will assess the merits of your claim and work to help you obtain just compensation that includes lost wages, benefits, and other damages.
Wage and Hour Claims in Orange County
Under applicable state and federal labor laws, all workers in Orange County must be paid a minimum wage. The minimum wage in California is currently $14 per hour for employers with 26 or more employees; employers with less than 26 employees must only pay the state minimum wage is $13 per hour. At the same time, several cities and counties have higher minimum wage thresholds in place.
Additionally, there are applicable minimum salary thresholds for exempt employees, 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.
Despite these and other wage requirements, it is not uncommon for employers to fail to pay the minimum wage, miscalculate rates of pay, and misclassify employees. Ultimately, the best way for workers to protect their rights is to consult with an experienced California wage and hour lawyer.
Why Choose Our Orange County Employment Law Attorneys?
Despite applicable employment laws designed to protect workers in Orange County, employment-related disputes are common. From sexual harassment to discrimination to wage disputes to wrongful termination and retaliation, The Rankin Law Firm is the informed choice in employment law. When you consult with us, we will take the time to understand your circumstances, explore your options, and help you achieve your goals.
While disputes between employers and employees can often be resolved through arbitration, our trial lawyers are well-equipped to represent your interests in state court. We know that taking legal action against your employer can be intimidating — the risk of retaliation and reputational harm is real. Trust our legal team to stand by you and fight to protect your employment rights and your reputation.
Contact Our Experienced Orange County, California Employment Law Attorneys
If you are involved in a dispute with your employer, you need the informed representation The Rankin Law Firm provides. We have the skills and experience to represent you in and out of the courtroom. Contact our Ladera Ranch office today to set up an appointment.