If you have experienced discrimination or harassment in the workplace, or if you've endured a hostile work environment in Riverside, you may have the right to file an employment lawsuit seeking justice and fair compensation. In such cases, it is highly likely that an employer violated a federal or state law that is in place to protect the rights of workers. California has strong laws to protect employees and to help ensure that employers are not taking advantage of or exploiting the workforce.
At Kingsley and Kingsley, our experienced Riverside employment lawyers are committed to fighting for the rights of workers who have been exploited or mistreated by their employers. When you retain the services of our employment law firm, you will find that your case receives the time and attention it needs and deserves. We will work diligently to ensure that you receive just compensation for your losses and that your employer or former employer is held accountable for their illegal actions.
When Do You Need An Employment Lawyer?
If you have a dispute with your employer that stems from a violation of labor laws or other statutes, you may need an experienced Riverside employment lawyer on your side to protect your legal rights. Here are a few situations in which you may need the counsel and guidance of our employment attorneys:
Wrongful termination: If you believe that you have been illegally fired, laid off or otherwise terminated from your job, you may need our services. The experienced Riverside wrongful termination lawyers at Kingsley and Kingsley handle cases where employees have been terminated due to illegal reasons such as discrimination, harassment, retaliation or a hostile work environment.
Discrimination: It is illegal to discriminate against employees based on protected characteristics such as race, skin color, nationality, ethnicity, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender/gender identity, disability and so on. Discriminating against a job applicant or an employee is against state and federal law. If your employer has discriminated against you, our Riverside employment attorneys can help you pursue your legal rights.
Sexual harassment: It is against the law to harass an employee because of their sex or gender. Sexual harassment in the workplace could include anything from unwelcome sexual advances or requests for sexual favors to inappropriate touching. If you have been sexually assaulted in the workplace, it is important that you report the incident to law enforcement in addition to contacting a sexual harassment attorney.
Retaliation: Retaliation in the workplace occurs when an employer takes adverse action against an employee to engaging in actions that are protected under the law. For example, if your employer retaliates against you for filing a discrimination claim or for reporting an illicit activity your employer has engaged in, our workplace retaliation lawyers can help you understand your rights and options.
Unpaid wages: There are many circumstances under which employees are not properly paid wages that are due to them. In some cases, employers may not pay the appropriate minimum wage. Sometimes, employees don't receive pay for overtime hours worked or end up not receiving their final paycheck after they have quit their job or have been terminated. If you believe your employer has shortchanged your wages or has failed to pay wages that are due, our wage and hour attorneys can help you.
How Can Our Employment Lawyers Help You?
Our goal as employment lawyers is to help you secure justice and fair compensation in your workplace dispute. Here are some ways in which our Riverside employment lawyers can help you:
Understanding the law: Employment law can be a complex and challenging to understand. Our experienced Riverside employment attorneys can help you get a clear understanding of how the law applies to your situation. Since there are state and federal laws governing employers and employees in Riverside, we can help you understand which laws apply to your case. Our lawyers can provide you with the guidance and the clarity you need to make the right decision.
Knowledge of the process: Our employment lawyers also know about how the process of filing a claim or lawsuit will unfold. There are statutes of limitations or deadlines that must be observed while filing these lawsuits. We will help you meticulously compile all the necessary documents and submit them on time. Working with our knowledgeable lawyers will give you the confidence and peace of mind you need during these trying times.
Setting you up for success: Having an experienced Riverside employment lawyer on your side can also help ensure that you have the best possible shot at winning your case. Employers have lawyers or even legal teams at their beck and call. You need a lawyer on your side who is fighting hard to protect your rights and is looking out for your best interests. Your employer may not even take your claim or lawsuit seriously if you don't have quality legal representation.
Protecting Your Rights
If you are facing a work environment that is hostile, discriminatory or retaliatory, there are a number of steps you can take in order to protect your employee rights. First, it's important to stay calm and collected. Don't say or communicate anything to your employer that can portray you in a poor light or that can be used against you in court. It is best to remain calm and go about collecting as much information as possible to help your case. If you are continuing to face discriminatory or harassing treatment, it is crucial that you report the incidents promptly to a supervisor or to human resources. Submit your complaints in written form and keep copies of all documents. Keep a record of all emails and internal memos that concern your case. It might also be a good idea to keep this record in your home or personal computer so you have access to it. It would help to get contact information for others who may have witnessed the incidents as well so your statements can be corroborated.
Riverside Employment Lawyers Can Help
Our team of employment lawyers at Kingsley and Kingsley have been fighting for the rights of workers in California for nearly four decades. We have helped recover hundreds of millions of dollars for employees who have had to experience injustice and wrongdoing. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means we don't charge you any fees unless we recover compensation for you. Call us at (818) 990-8300 to schedule a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.