San Diego Employment Lawyers
If you believe your rights as an employee have been violated, it is important to speak to an experienced employment law attorney as soon as possible. Employees have rights and both federal and state laws exist to protect them. Yet every day, employees somewhere in California are illegally discriminated against, sexually harassed, forced to work unpaid overtime or wrongfully fired. Contact our experienced San Diego County employment lawyers at Zeldes Haeggquist & Eck, LLP today.
We pursue financial compensation for clients in employment law issues, including:
Many employees do not realize the extensive federal and state laws which are put into place to protect them in the workplace. Certain workplace environments make it difficult to get work done due to heavy discrimination or even failure of an employer to pay an adequate wage.
Federal and state law protect employees from unfair wages as well as fear of retaliation from their employers upon report of improper wage practices. If you have not been paid a fair wage for any employment or have not received your total amount of compensation, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
If you have been subjected to discrimination in your job based on your sexual orientation or gender identity, or if your work environment has become seriously and persistently hostile, you may have grounds for a claim against your employer to recover compensation for the damages you have suffered as a result.
The law requires employers to pay certain benefits and payroll taxes for their employees. Unfortunately, some employers try to avoid paying required payroll taxes or providing them with required benefits and place them in a position of having to pay all of their own taxes by classifying them as “independent contractors” and giving them a 1099 tax form rather than a W-2.
Some employers try to squeeze more work out of employees without paying them properly in order to cut costs. We represent employees in class action lawsuits against employers who fail to pay overtime or pay for required meal or rest breaks as well as other wage and hour violations.
A woman’s decision to bear a child should not affect her career prospects. Any action on the part of an employer to discriminate against a woman because she is pregnant is protected by California and federal law. This protection extends to hiring and firing, disciplining or harassing, promoting or demoting, or determining compensation or benefits.
Racial discrimination can take place in a variety of ways in the workplace. It occurs when an employer treats an employee or job applicant differently from other employees based on his or her race. It may be direct or indirect and may involve harassment. Racial discrimination can occur during the hiring process, when deciding compensation, considering promotions, or assigning duties to employees.
Zelda Haeggquist & Eck is a full-service business law and litigation firm. We can help you from the beginning — advising you what business structure is best for your needs and the future growth of your business; we can help negotiate, prepare or review any contracts you need, and we can represent your interests in any business dispute, arbitration or litigation that may arise.
Religious discrimination occurs when an employer uses one’s religious beliefs as a basis for treating employees or potential employees differently from others, or for denying them employment. It can occur at any stage of employment, from the hiring process to termination, as well as during the course of employment.
Employers that take retaliatory action against employees who have reported any type of discrimination or harassment are liable to face criminal charges. This is an illegal act that applies to contract workers as well as those employed “at will.”
If you have been treated differently or detrimentally because you have reported underpayment of overtime or wages to authorities, it is important that you contact a San Diego labor lawyer first before taking any action against your employer.