Our California Employment Lawyers at Mara Law Firm have been representing workers for well over a decade. We specialize in representing two, general categories of workers: California workers suffering from wage theft or other abuses of California’s labor laws, and civilian workers who worked overseas under a U.S. Defense Contract and suffered an injury. Both areas flow from intricate and complex bodies of laws that demand specialized expertise from the lawyer you choose to represent you. Do not hesitate to contact an employment law attorney near you who has the expertise you need to win your case.
You are here for a reason. Either your rights to fair wages and working conditions have been violated or you have been injured overseas while working under a U.S. Defense Contract. You are here because you are losing money, whether that be from your employer’s unlawful practices or because of injury. You’re thinking about your rights and if you need to take legal action, or maybe you’ve already begun the process and are looking for the best employment law lawyer to represent you.
You can be sure the lawyers on the other side representing your employer or the insurance company are going to have all the expertise to try and keep you from getting your just due. The laws impacting California workers and defense base contractors are just too complex to entrust your case with lawyers who do not specialize in them every day. The only way to win, the only way to beat back the aggressive lawyers on the other side, is to fight back with lawyers of your own who have the skill, experience, and tenacity to win your case.
Our California employment law attorneys at Mara Law Firm have decades of combined and, most importantly, focused experience needed to guide you and your case to victory. From the initial intake to the end of your case, you will have unparalleled access to your lawyers, who will prepare you every step of the way. You do not need a lawyer who takes any and every case that comes by, and you won’t have that at Mara Law Firm. We are very selective in the cases we decide to take on. We are this way to ensure every client receives the best, which is exactly what you are looking for and need.
You do not have to pay anything to retain our firm to represent you. Unlike the lawyers who represent employers and insurance companies, we are not paid by the hour. We only get paid if we obtain relief for you. Most firms will tell you to contact them for a “free consultation.” Our entire representation of you – including the initial consultation – is “free” until and unless we obtain relief for you. There is no reason to linger in doubt about your rights and future. Contact our firm and begin the fight for your wages, health, and welfare the right way.
Employment law refers to the law that is for the protection of workers. It includes their right to work in an environment that is free from harassment and discrimination. Employment law also sets forth minimum standards for wages, hours, and working conditions employers cannot violate. We have the most complex and protective employment laws in California applicable to workers. More than any other state, California protects your rights to minimum wage, overtime wages, meal breaks, rest breaks, timely paychecks, and vacation pay, to name a few. California has these strong laws for the protection of workers because it’s all too often the standard procedure for companies to ignore the wage and working condition rights of employees in pursuit of maximizing their profits.
This complex, protective web of California worker rights laws does you no good, though, if you do not have a lawyer or law firm with an intense dedication to representing California workers for wage and hour violations. The law is just too complex for the casual lawyer who occasionally represents California workers. The lawyers at Mara Law Firm have the unmatched dedication, passion, and talent to win your California wage loss case. Contact our office immediately and start the journey to restoring what your employer took from you.
Other than the emotional pain and suffering that you went through both before and after your employment, there are other damages you may be able to collect. These would fall mainly under the categories of compensatory damages and punitive damages.
These two types of damages could be awarded to an employee if their employer has purposely discriminated against them based on race, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), religion, disability, or genetic information.
Especially malicious acts towards an employee could get them awarded punitive damages. Some examples of this would be if they majorly humiliated the worker, caused him or her supreme emotional/mental stress, purposefully didn’t try to stop other employees from harassing the worker, or if the employer intentionally and continuously performed discriminatory acts against the worker, knowing that it was against the law.
Compensatory damages are what would be awarded for other things that resulted from the incident, such as the employee’s medical bills, pain, suffering, and/or emotional trauma.
Our California Employment Law Attorneys specialize in representing California workers in class actions or other representative actions. A class action is a powerful tool that allows the wage and hour rights of masses of employees to be fought for in a single lawsuit. If your employer is violating your legal rights, such as not paying you for all your work time, not providing you meal and rest breaks, or even refusing family leave, you are probably not alone. They are likely violating your co-workers in the same way. California class actions and representative actions allow all these claims to be brought in a single lawsuit against the employer.
We have loaded our website with content to help inform you at this early stage of fighting for what you’ve lost at the hands of your employer. Please take advantage of all this information through the following links, and contact our office near your area to speak to one of our dedicated California worker lawyers.
This is one of the most popular questions (if not the most popular question) that our clients ask us. Many of them think that since they ended up quitting their job instead of getting fired that this will negatively affect their attempt to make a claim against their employer. But this is not true, even though your employer may try to make you think it is.
The important thing to remember is that, whether you voluntarily walked off the job or were terminated, you are still well within your rights to make a claim if you feel that your employer has wronged you. For example, our California employment lawyers regularly help clients such as yourself with filing claims for everything from unpaid wages to overtime pay to many other kinds of unreimbursed expenses. We also handle discrimination and harassment claims after employees quit their jobs.
You should also know that there are situations where an employee has no choice but to quit, such as if working conditions are too unbearable for them to stay on the clock. This is what is defined as a constructive discharge, where the environment in the person’s workplace is so unbearable that any reasonable person would quit.
We’ll use our experience as your California employment lawyers to discover the details of your case and get you the compensation you deserve if you had no other choice but to leave.
Many times, an employee’s worker’s compensation may run out, and they may need more benefits to get them by. This is where they would apply for their Social Security Disability benefits, and our experienced California employment law attorneys have the job of seeing that you get them in the event that you need them.
Well, ultimately, that’s up to you! We’ve had clients who decide to take their case all the way to trial, and we’ve had folks who were happy with accepting a settlement from their employer. Sometimes, the employer is just as happy settling out of court, being that in many cases, they may be the ones who are responsible for paying the legal fees of the victim employee.
The State of California’s Department of Industrial Relations points out how employees are well within their rights to file a claim for wages when their employer doesn’t pay them what they are owed.
The longer you are out of work, the more wages your employer will likely have to pay you. This is one reason why so many of them opt to simply pay their employee an agreed-upon settlement, but it takes the help of a seasoned California employment law attorney to see if they are actually paying you what you deserve and are not trying to short-change you with a seemingly attractive lump sum.
The statute of limitations on filing your California employment claim depends on the kind of claim it is. Depending on the way your employer had previously wronged you, the time that you have to file a claim against them will be shorter or longer.
For example, let’s say your employer spread lies about you all around the workplace, ruining your reputation and causing you extreme stress along the way. If you were to file a defamation of character suit against them, California law says that you have one year to take legal action. If the employer was to wrongfully terminate you in this state, you have two years to file a claim against them.
One of the most frequent types of cases we see involves an employer who didn’t pay the wages they owed to a worker, as well as cases where there were issues with things such as meal breaks and/or unpaid overtime. With these, an employee would have up to three years to start litigation.
Contact us today at Mara Law Firm, and we’ll take you step-by-step through the entire litigation process and give you the peace of mind you need and deserve.
Other than simply having all the right resources to take on your employer with fierce litigation, your attorney should have extensive experience handling employment law cases. Specifically, in California, an attorney should have handled cases involving the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and the California Labor Code.
The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing points out that this Act applies to (1) employment agencies, (2) various labor organizations, and (3) both public and private employers across The Golden State. This is the agency that is charged with enforcing FEHA, and the Act itself is basically the law that says that employees are protected from harassment and discrimination from their employer.
If your employer has wronged you, it will always be in your best interest to choose legal representation that is experienced in specifically what you are going through. Our dedicated California employment law attorneys make employment law our main priority and have seen countless cases just like yours that are directly related to FEHA and state labor laws.
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At the Mara Law Firm, we understand how difficult it can be for employees to fight back against their employers who violate California employment laws. Here are some frequently asked questions.
How much should I be paid for my overtime hours?
In California, an employer must pay employees at or above the California minimum wage for all hours worked. This time that you must be paid for in California includes all hours your employer requires or permits you to work or subjects you to their control. Workers subject to the employers control have to be compensated even if they are not performing any work. Please visit our Employment Law page for more information.
When am I supposed to be paid overtime wages?
California requires employers to pay overtime to non-exempt employees as follows:
One and one-half times the employee’s regular rate of pay for all hours worked in excess of forty hours in a workweek or eight hours up to including twelve hours in any workday, and for eight hours worked on the seventh consecutive day of work in a workweek; and
Two times the employee’s regular rate of pay for all hours worked in excess of twelve hours in any workday and for all hours worked in excess of eight on the seventh consecutive day of work in a workweek.
Please see our Overtime page for more information and/or contact our office.
What does a workday and a workweek count as under the California Labor Code?
A workday is any consecutive 24-hour period beginning at the same time each calendar day. The normal workday in California is from 12:00am to 12:00pm. However, employers can set different workdays as long as they do not change around the workdays for the purposes of dodging the state’s overtime requirements.
A workweek refers to any seven consecutive days, starting with the same calendar day each week; that is, a workweek is a fixed and regularly recurring period of 168 hours, seven consecutive 24-hour periods.
What if my paycheck is late?
Your employer has to pay your wages on time. If your paycheck is late, you could be owed monetary relief in the form of penalties against your employer.
Am I owed more money if my employer does not pay all my wages at termination?
Yes. If you leave your company, depending on when you gave notice, you are owed all your wages – which includes vacation wages, wages for all hours worked, and wages for missed meal and rest period premiums – on either your last day or no later than three days after your last day. If you are not paid on time at termination, your employer must pay you what are called “waiting time penalties.” For untimely wage payment at the time of termination, you are owed your daily wage for every day your final pay is late, up to thirty days’ worth of wages.
How to find the best California employment lawyer?
The main goal of the best employment lawyer is to ensure that your legal rights as an employee in California are protected and your employer treats you fairly. Do not hesitate to contact an employment law lawyer at Mara Law Firm who will go above and beyond to win your case.
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