Both state and federal employment laws may work together to provide legal protection, regulate employer and employee matters, and also set standards. Throughout the years, the employment attorneys at Kingsley & Kingsley have provided effective representation for clients with employment issues in California, including the greater Los Angeles area.
Federal and California Employment Laws
We can help you understand your rights under federal and California laws. Employment and labor laws set the legal parameters for employment contracts, torts, equal employment opportunities, wages and hours, health and safety, and employee benefits, along with union organization and collective bargaining. You need someone to stand up for you against the abusive practices of your employer. Whether it is sexual harassment, wage denials, not receiving your break/rest periods or more, Kingsley & Kingsley are experienced in all types of claims.
Employment and labor are extremely broad legal fields and a host of federal laws regulates the workplace, which includes the following:
- Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act
- Taft Hartley Act
- Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act
- Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
- Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)
- Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
- Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
In places with union organizations, state laws typically defer to federal laws. However, state and local laws usually take precedence in setting a minimum wage for workers, defining overtime pay, and wage and hours,. State laws typically provide more rigid requirements than minimum safety standards set by federal laws. Both state and federal laws protect employees against discrimination, each within their own regulatory bodies—under federal law, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and under California law, the Fair Employment and Housing Commission (FEHC). Kingsley & Kingsley can help you deal with unfair employment and workplace issues.
Employment Lawyers Throughout California
Employers in both small and large cities, including Los Angeles, sometimes violate employment laws through various means, including wrongful termination, unfair or discriminatory employment practices, sexual harassment, failure to pay the minimum wage, or intentional employee misclassification. Generally, the first step an employee must take is to report the violation to the appropriate state or federal regulatory authority, such as the EEOC,
FEHC, or a labor union representative. A labor lawyer at our firm can represent you in administrative hearings before the EEOC or FEHC, in mediation or arbitration hearings, or through litigation, as necessary.
Experienced Employment Attorney Guidance in California
Reach out to our Los Angeles employment attorneys at Kingsley & Kingsley today to schedule a free consultation. An employment lawyer can be an effective means for dealing with unfair workplace matters.