The laws of California and various federal statutes guarantee certain protections for all American workers. Unfortunately, not all employers adhere to these laws. Many workers in Costa Mesa and throughout the US will experience significant workplace disputes that cause emotional distress and jeopardize their livelihoods. If you believe your employer has mistreated you in any way that violates state or federal law, or if you have experienced a hostile work environment due to your protected personal qualities such as race, sex, or religion, it’s vital to consult a Costa Mesa employment lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your options for legal recourse.
The Law Offices of Corbett H. Williams has extensive experience handling a wide range of employment disputes on behalf of clients throughout the Costa Mesa, CA area. We stay updated on the latest changes to federal and state labor laws to provide every client with comprehensive and meticulous legal representation. If you believe your recent experiences in your workplace constitute grounds for legal action, we can help.
You might think that you can resolve your employment dispute on your own, but many workers throughout the US feel trapped by their circumstances, enduring unreasonable working conditions for the sake of making ends meet. No matter what type of work you do or what sort of facility you work in, you have the right to a safe working environment free from discrimination and harassment. Working with an experienced Costa Mesa employment lawyer is the best way to address any situation that you believe violates these rights.
A Costa Mesa employment lawyer can clarify the legal implications of your recent employment dispute, helping you to determine if you have grounds for a claim to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and subsequent civil action against your employer. We can provide ongoing support and guidance as your case unfolds, ultimately helping you reach a much more satisfying result than you would be able to reach trying to file a claim on your own.
Types of Employment Disputes We Handle
The Law Offices of Corbett H. Williams can represent you in a wide range of potential employment disputes. Throughout the years of our firm’s operation, we have successfully represented Costa Mesa, CA employees in many types of employment cases, including:
- Wage disputes. If you believe an employer has violated state or federal law regarding your compensation, we can help you hold them accountable and recover the missing income they owe. Whether you are being paid less than the minimum wage or your employer is failing to provide the benefits promised in a contract, your rights and income are worth protecting with high-powered legal representation.
- Sexual harassment. It is illegal for anyone to harass a coworker or subordinate in the workplace on the basis of their sex or sexual orientation. If you believe recent experiences in your workplace constitute sexual harassment, we can help you determine your best options for legal recourse.
- Workplace discrimination. It is illegal for any employer to discriminate on the basis of protected personal qualities, such as race, religion, sex, or medical status. If you believe you have experienced any form of discrimination from an employer, we can help you address the situation effectively.
- Wrongful termination. While employers generally have a wide range of options for justifying the firing of employees under California’s “at-will” employment statute, employers may not fire employees for illegal reasons. If you believe your recent termination was based on any illegal reason, such as racial or sexual discrimination, we can help.
These are just a few examples of the types of employment disputes our team can help you resolve in Costa Mesa, CA. Depending on the nature of your employment dispute, the legal process of holding your employer accountable may need to begin with a claim to the EEOC.
In most situations, it is not possible to sue an employer directly for mistreatment in the workplace. Instead, employees with claims against their employers must first file claims with the EEOC. The EEOC is required to investigate claims of sexual harassment and workplace discrimination in the US. If the EEOC determines that your claim is valid, they will issue a Notice of Right to Sue, which allows you to proceed with a civil lawsuit against your employer.
Approaching a civil action against an employer is much easier when you have the support of the EEOC. However, navigating the claim process is more difficult than many initially expect. The Law Offices of Corbett H. Williams can assist you in filing your claim and guide you through each stage of the EEOC’s investigation until you obtain your Notice of Right to Sue.
It’s normal to have lots of questions about your situation if you have recently experienced an employment dispute. An employment dispute is uncertain and stressful. The Law Offices of Corbett H. Williams want to provide you with useful guidance and tips to help you begin the recovery process. The following are some of the most common questions we hear from prospective clients regarding their employment disputes.
Q: What Does a Good Costa Mesa Employment Lawyer Look for in a Claim?
A: An experienced Costa Mesa employment attorney should carefully examine the details of a prospective client’s claim to determine whether their experience qualifies for legal action. Most employment disputes pertain to very specific federal and state laws.
Q: What Workers’ Rights Are Most Often Violated in California?
A: The most commonly filed employment disputes in California are compensation and overtime disputes. California’s state minimum wage is much higher than the federal minimum wage, and not all employers properly adhere to state overtime laws and other statutes regarding employees’ compensation.
Q: Can I Sue My Employer for Making Me Do Something Illegal?
A: If your employer asks you to do something illegal, you have the right to refuse without fear of losing your job. If the employer fires you for refusing to do something illegal, you would have solid grounds for a wrongful termination claim. Furthermore, if you report an employer for illegal activity, you enter a special legally protected status as a whistleblower. If you agree to your employer’s illegal request, you would be knowingly participating in the commission of a crime and could personally face criminal prosecution.
Ultimately, any employment dispute can escalate into a complex legal battle, and you need legal counsel you can trust in this difficult situation. If you need assistance interpreting state or federal labor laws to determine whether your recent experiences at work qualify as grounds for legal action against an employer, the team at the Law Offices of Corbett H. Williams is ready to assist you. Contact us today to schedule a free case evaluation with our team.
If you believe you have a legitimate claim of workplace retaliation, Corbett H. Williams is fully prepared to fight for any compensation you rightfully deserve. Cases dealing with unfair workplace actions may seem daunting, but Corbett has had experience with both sides of these issues and knows how to handle these types of cases. Don’t hesitate to call the office at 877-304-7066 to schedule a free case analysis.