Employment law protects workers from employers engaging in certain unfair activities. Workers, however, often need help navigating the law. Fortunately, the San Mateo employment law attorney at the Law Offices of Ali Yousefi can help you find the justice you deserve. Ali Yousefi is an employment law lawyer who has handled many cases involving illegal employer activities. Our typical client has been fired for an illegal reason; has been discriminated against because of their race, gender,
We do everything we can to ensure you get generous compensation. We understand how difficult it can be to deal with an employer who treats you poorly but whose pay helps provide for your family. We make sure to regain the dignity your employer took from you by fighting for your rights. Our primary focus will always be getting the best results while ensuring you are well taken care of. If you’ve been searching for “a labor and employment law attorney near me,” consider the services of Ali Yousefi. He is an award-winning employment law attorney in San Mateo dedicated to defending the rights of workers. Contact us today by calling or scheduling online.
Employment Law FAQs
What Are the Five Major Kinds of Employment Laws?
Below is a summary of five overarching categories of these employment laws.
Workplace anti-discrimination laws protect people from being mistreated because they belong to a particular group or “protected class.” Under federal and state law, protected classes include:
- Sexual orientation,
- Gender identity,
- Genetic information,
- National origin,
- Marital status, and
- Military or veteran status.
An employer cannot take adverse work action against an employee on the basis of belonging to one of these categories.
The law also prohibits an employer from retaliating against an employee for reporting discriminatory behavior. If you need more information on discrimination laws, contact our San Mateo employment law lawyer at the Law Offices of Ali Yousefi.
Workplace Safety Laws
The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 established workplace safety standards, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) enforces these standards.
OSHA requires that all workplaces be free from recognized hazards. It also requires that most employers provide employees with personal protective equipment and records containing any potential exposure to contaminants. It also sets specific safety standards for different industries.
All employers must pay their employees a minimum wage for every hour worked. In California, the minimum wage is $15.50 per hour. Employers must also pay most employees one and a half times their regular pay rate for every hour worked over 40 in a week. Some employees are exempt from this requirement, normally because they’re professionals or have a higher salary.
Employers cannot retaliate against a worker for complaining about the employer not following the law. For example, if a worker files a complaint against the employer for not paying overtime, the employer cannot fire or demote the employee.
There are many types of leave laws. Generally, certain qualifying employers must provide employees with job-protected leave for the following reasons:
- Dealing with their own serious illness,
- Tending to a family member with a serious illness,
- Bonding with a new child, and
- Having to take care of things related to a family member’s military deployment.
The Family and Medical Leave Act provides 12 weeks of unpaid job-protected leave. California law, however, provides paid leave for eight weeks for these reasons. Under these laws, workers are also protected from discrimination or retaliation for taking leave.
Labor Organizing Laws
Additionally, employees are entitled to collectively fight for their rights and form unions to bargain with employers. They can strike, picket, and engage in other protected activities. An employer cannot discriminate against or retaliate against employees for engaging in these activities.
What Is an Example of Unfair Treatment at Work?
Let’s say that Geneva is pregnant. Her boss tells her she must take time off because a good mother would not work during her pregnancy. Her boss then reduces her hours, although Geneva says she needs to work until her due date. These actions may be considered pregnancy discrimination.
Do I Need an Employment Law Attorney?
Although you’re not required to hire a lawyer, your case will benefit from a skilled employment lawyer who knows the state and federal laws. The Law Offices of Ali Yousefi can help if you’re in Northern California.
Our typical client has been fired for an illegal reason, has been discriminated against because of their race or gender or religion or sexual orientation, has been sexually harassed or retaliated against, hasn’t been paid overtime or their fair wage, or is facing a workplace injury. We’re here to help you through this difficult time.
Our job is to do everything we can to ensure you get generous compensation. We understand how difficult it can be to deal with an employer who treats you wrong but helps provide for your family. We make sure to regain the dignity your employer took from you. Our primary focus will always be, getting the best results for you while ensuring you are well taken care of. contact us today at 650-409-9701 or contact us online to schedule a one-on-one consultation with our attorney Ali Yousefi.