Employees in California have certain rights that are protected by federal and state law. Employers are prohibited from discriminating against or harassing an individual based on his or her race, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, religion or veteran status.
Employment law also encompasses claims of harassment, wrongful termination, wage and hour violations. Retaliation, breach of contract, constructive discharge, interference with economic advantage are also issues of employment law.
Separation agreements are sometimes presented to an employee upon termination in exchange for a benefit to the employee, usually financial. The agreement is a means to exonerate an employer from any wrongdoing and to provide the employee additional money to transition out of the job. The agreements should be carefully reviewed before signing because important rights may be signed away.
Workers’ compensation is a no-fault insurance system intended to provide injured employees with medical treatment and to partially replace wages if injured on the job. Employers are required to provide specific information, documents and benefits when an employee is injured. If you have been injured on the job, denied benefits or have questions regarding a potential claim, a consultation will be of benefit to you.