When to Hire An Experienced San Francisco Employment Lawyer

by | Mar 9, 2018 | Law

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Were you wrongfully terminated from your job? Does your employer owe you overtime, wages, or commissions? You may need the assistance of a San Francisco employment lawyer to help you get what you deserve. It can be difficult for a single person to stand up against a manager or corporation. These professionals can give you advice on what you need to do and represent you in court.

Helping You When You Need It

An experienced San Francisco employment lawyer can represent you in litigation and negotiations with your employer for many different issues, including violation of hour laws, harassment, illegal termination, and discrimination. They should also know severance packages, whether to file a lawsuit, and how to document employer issues.

Common Claims

An employment lawyer should have experience with the following situations?

  • Sexual harassment by a co-worker, supervisor or third party in the workplace
  • Whistleblower retaliation for reporting illegal or fraudulent activity
  • Wrongful termination for filing claims or reporting abuse
  • Employment discrimination based on age, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, HIV/AIDS, pregnancy, or disability
  • FMLA/California Family Rights Act violations
  • Hour and wage claims including misclassification or unpaid overtime
  • Severance negotiations
  • Fair Employment and Housing Act violations
  • Restrictive covenants and non-compete contracts

At-Will Employment

California is classified as an at-will employment state. This means that barring a contract, the employer may fire you for no reason. However, you cannot be fired for a cause that is discriminatory. An excellent lawyer will have extensive knowledge of the FEHA statute, Civil Rights Act, and Americans with Disabilities Act, along with other protections related to employment.

Harassment & Discrimination Claims

You may think that the only time you may file a lawsuit for discrimination or harassment is if you have been fired for that reason. This is not the truth. Discrimination can be seen in small actions, including demotion, creation of a hostile work environment, and unequal treatment. If the employer is doing these things for a discriminatory reason, they may be subject to liability. This is even more possible if the harassment is coming from a supervisor. In most cases, a lawsuit must be filed within a year following the conduct, but your attorney can provide you with more information about the specifics of your situation.

For the People

Bracamontes & Vlasak offers representation to employees who are experiencing problems at their place of employment. To learn more and receive a free consultation, you can reach us at 800-392-1427 or www.BVLawSF.com.