Sacramento Employment Law Attorneys Protect Workers from Wrongful Employment Practices
California labor law firm provides advice and advocacy to employees statewide
At Mastagni Holstedt, APC, our experienced Sacramento employment law attorneys have helped many California employees file administrative claims and lawsuits against employers who have wrongfully terminated them or harassed or discriminated against them, including private sector employees and unionized public safety officers, peace officers, firefighters and other public employees.
The labor law attorneys of Mastagni Holstedt, APC have decades of experience representing public and private sector employees throughout California, including peace officers and firefighters, in a wide array of state and federal employment law and employment discrimination claims. Our lawyers handle state and federal court litigation, including trials, appeals, mediations, arbitrations, and settlements.
We Help Employees Who Have Been Wrongfully Terminated, Harassed, or Mistreated
California’s protections for workers are found in the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and federal protections are found in a number of different laws, including:
Federal and California laws prohibit employment practices that discriminate against or harass employees based on protected categories, such as:
- Age (over 40)
- National origin
- Marital status
- Sex (including pregnancy and related medical conditions)
- Sexual orientation
- Gender identity
Employers are prohibited from discriminating against employees on the basis of these and other specified “protected categories,” including when making decisions about:
- Raising wages or salaries
- Assigning work
- Providing benefits
Employers Must Prevent Harassment, Discrimination, and Retaliation
Our employment attorneys have thorough knowledge of employment laws, and offer their expertise to anyone in need of assistance. Employers may not harass or permit other employees to harass on the basis of sex or any of the specified protected categories in FEHA or the various federal laws, nor may employers, including supervisors and managers, retaliate against employees who complain of harassment or discrimination. In fact, employers have an affirmative obligation to prevent harassment and discrimination in the workplace and investigate any complaints.
State and federal law also prohibit retaliation against employees who assist in any harassment or discrimination investigations and any civil suits related to an investigation, as well as retaliation against employees who report any illegal activities of the employer to a government agency (also known as whistleblowers) or file claims. For more information regarding these issues, consult with a Sacramento employment attorney.
A California Employment Law Attorney Can Help Your Lawsuit
Employees who have been illegally discriminated against or harassed or whose employment has been illegally terminated have a number of different legal options, including filing a state or federal administrative claim or filing a state or federal civil lawsuit. Employees who bring a claim may be entitled to back pay, reinstatement, and money damages, as well as attorneys’ fees. It is important to act quickly in contacting an employment law firm, however, because the time for bringing a claim is limited by law.
In addition, employees who are not being paid the minimum wage for all hours worked, or for overtime, or employees who are not allowed to take meal and rest breaks may also have a claim for damages under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and the California Labor Code. For more information, please see our wage and hour law page.
Contact our experienced employment law firm serving Northern and Southern California
With offices in Sacramento, Rancho Cucamonga, Pleasanton, Redwood City and Stockton, Mastagni Holstedt, APC represents clients throughout California in employment law cases. Contact us today, online or by phone at 877-212-6907, for a free consultation to discuss your case and find out how we can help you.