California law provides broad protections for employees facing discrimination on the basis of their race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability/medical condition, marital status, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age and pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions. Since discrimination can take many forms, these laws apply to many stages of the employment process, including decisions regarding hiring, promotion, compensation and termination. Mozaffari Law’s broad experience in identifying and prosecuting unlawful discrimination in the workplace has led to significant success for our clients. To learn more about discrimination, read the FAQ. If you believe you are being subjected to unlawful discrimination, contact Mozaffari Law at (323) 696-0702 or Info@mozaffarilaw.com for a confidential consultation.
Sexual harassment is illegal in California. The law protects employees from actions including, but not limited to, unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of sexual nature. However, sexual harassment is not always so obvious, and it frequently takes the work of a skilled advocate to bring such conduct to light. Moreover, although sexual harassment often involves a heterosexual employee/supervisor making unwelcome sexual advances toward a heterosexual employee of the opposite gender, Mozaffari Law has developed specific experience handling same-sex sexual harassment and sexual harassment against LGBT employees.
Mozaffari Law has substantial experience in identifying the more subtle cases involving sexual harassment, in addition to our success in achieving results for clients with more “classic” cases. To read more about types of sexual harassment, review the FAQ. If you believe you are being subjected to unlawful sexual harassment, contact Mozaffari Law at (323) 696-0702 or Info@mozaffarilaw.com for a confidential consultation.
Other Types of Harassment
Since sexual harassment is perhaps the most well-known form of harassment in the workplace, other forms of harassment in the workplace are often ignored. Many employees are not aware that California law protects them against many other forms of harassment, or are not familiar with the broad reach of the state’s anti-harassment laws. California employees are protected against offensive and unwelcome conduct based on their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy or childbirth status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, marital status, age, physical or mental disability/medical condition, etc. When this treatment interferes with an employee’s work or creates a hostile working environment, it may be actionable. Indeed, we have handled numerous significant cases involving harassment based on, among other things, age, disability, race and national origin.
To read more about types of harassment, review the FAQ. If you believe you are being subjected to unlawful harassment, contact Mozaffari Law at (323) 696-0702 or Info@mozaffarilaw.com for a confidential consultation.
In addition to protecting employees against discrimination and harassment, California law provides protection to employees who exercise their rights in the workplace. Such actions include, but are certainly not limited to, taking a leave of absence, or complaining about and reporting conduct by the employer that the employee reasonably believes to be unlawful, such as discrimination and harassment. If you feel you are being treated unfairly or targeted because of a protected action you took in the workplace, you can read more about retaliation in the FAQ and/or contact Mozaffari Law at (323) 696-0702 or Info@mozaffarilaw.com for a confidential consultation.
While retaliation claims cover many actions taken by employers in the workplace, employees who report and/or protest conditions or practices by the employer which the employees reasonable believe to be unlawful and/or unsafe may be entitled to certain special protections. When an employees is fired, demoted, or otherwise disciplined for reporting health and safety violations or other illegal activities in the workplace, they may have a whistleblower retaliation claim. If you feel you are being treated unfairly or targeted because of a protected action you took in the workplace, you can read more about retaliation in the FAQ and/or contact Mozaffari Law at (323) 696-0702 or Info@mozaffarilaw.com for a confidential consultation
Employees are told time and time again that their employment is “at-will,” meaning that they can be fired at any time, for any reason. Importantly, however, the “at-will” rule permits an employer to terminate an employee’s employment only when that termination is not for an illegal reason, such as discrimination or retaliation. Although it is not uncommon for employers to point to alternative “justifications” for terminating an employee in order to disguise their true illegal motive, Mozaffari Law’s extensive experience in developing wrongful termination cases and uncovering evidence to prove employers’ true motives has been instrumental in achieving justice for our clients time and time again. In this complex area, careful litigation planning and thorough discovery has been key to our success. If you feel you may have been terminated wrongfully, read more about wrongful termination in the FAQ and/or contact Mozaffari Law at (323) 696-0702 or Info@mozaffarilaw.com for a confidential consultation.
Wage & Hour
One of the most complex areas of California employment law involves wage and hour laws – claims based unfair and illegal wage and hour practices such as unpaid overtime, unpaid hours of work, missed rest and meal breaks and other violations. While some employees are classified as “exempt” from these wage and hour laws, many are not, and an advocate with this specialized experience can assist you in evaluating and calculating what you may be owed. If you feel that you are not being properly compensated for your work, you can read more about California wage and hour law in the FAQ and/or contact Mozaffari Law at (323) 696-0702 or Info@mozaffarilaw.com for a confidential consultation.