Types of Employment Law Cases
FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is the federal law that sets forth minimum standards for wages and overtime pay for all employees in the United States. Adopted into law in 1938, the FLSA spells out minimum standards for how much workers must be paid, including when working overtime. The FLSA also regulates child labor, equality of pay for male and female employees, and other workplace affairs. The FLSA was applied to United States government employees in 1974. Before that, federal employees were not covered by the law. Even though this law has helped improve labor standards immensely, some employers still violate it. The Lancaster employment law attorneys at PARRIS can assist workers in Palmdale, Santa Clarita and throughout the Los Angeles area who may have been harmed by violations of federal labor laws.
Overtime refers to hours worked in excess of eight hours in a day, 40 hours in a week, or six days in a work week. Generally, any nonexempt employee who works overtime hours is legally entitled to overtime pay, which in California is set at one and one half times the regular pay rate. California employers are obligated to pay overtime to any eligible worker, even if the overtime hours were not authorized by a supervisor.
Many employees, especially those in managerial, administrative, and other similar executive positions, who are paid salaries rather than hourly wages are exempt from overtime pay. However, the fact that you are paid a salary does not necessarily mean that you are not entitled to overtime pay. Also, many employers intentionally misclassify employees to avoid paying overtime to them even though they would otherwise be entitled to the benefits. If you are unsure whether you are covered by the overtime provisions of the FLSA, you should contact our experienced employment law attorneys serving Santa Clarita, Palmdale, and the entire Antelope Valley.
EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT AND INCOME SECURITY ACT
The Employee Retirement and Income Security Act (ERISA) is the federal law that protects employees from being cheated by their employers out of retirement income and other benefits. Some employers fail to make contributions to employee retirement or benefits accounts as required by law. Many workers are totally unaware of the ERISA protections and may not understand the law or how it is enforced. If you believe that your employer is failing to make required contributions to employee retirement or benefits accounts or withholding employee benefits in violation of ERISA, our Lancaster employment law attorneys may be able to correct the problem through legal action.
UNDERSTANDING CALIFORNIA EMPLOYMENT LAW
Employment law is a vast and complex area of law and with so many laws at play, finding the exact answer to your question on your own can be difficult. Whenever you have encountered a legal dispute with your employer, it is a good idea to become fully informed of the laws pertaining to your matter so you are in the best position to resolve your dispute. Our firm has more than 25 years experience practicing in the legal field and we are not afraid to go head-to-head with a small business or a large corporation when our client’s legal rights have been violated. Our firm can address virtually any issue pertaining to employment law including the following areas:
- Medical Leave
- Sexual Harassment
- Racial Discrimination
- Disability Discrimination
- Age Discrimination
- Pregnancy Discrimination
- Sexual Orientation Discrimination
- Hostile Workplace Environment
- Wrongful Termination
- Breach of Contract
- Whistle Blowing
- Wage and Overtime Claims
LANCASTER & PALMDALE EMPLOYMENT LAWYER
Our firm has represented numerous employees throughout Lancaster, Palmdale and the greater Los Angeles area in harassment cases, wage disputes, wrongful termination and many other types of cases against their employers and has successfully won on their behalf.
If you have questions about your rights regarding an employment-law matter such as workers’ compensation, retirement and benefits, sexual harassment, hiring, firing, job discrimination, or any other aspect regarding your job, contact our office today for a free case evaluation.
CONTACT OUR LANCASTER EMPLOYMENT LAW ATTORNEYS SERVING SANTA CLARITA AND PALMDALE
At PARRIS in Lancaster, our employment law attorneys believe strongly that workers in Santa Clarita, Palmdale, and other Los Angeles County locations should be paid for the hard work they provide to their employers. Contact our office today to schedule a free consultation at which we can discuss your rights