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Employment law is comprised of a variety of different claims. These claims may be brought against an employer by an individual employee or on behalf of a group of employees, i.e., a representative action or class action. Regardless of the classification, our firm is dedicated to protecting your rights which may include the following claims:
Wage & Hour
Wage and hour violations may include claims based on unpaid regular-time wages, unpaid overtime, unpaid double-time wages, unpaid commissions, interrupted lunch breaks, interrupted rest breaks, employee misclassification (exempt v. non-exempt), failure to pay minimum wage, failure to reimburse for work-related expenses including uniforms and equipment, and failure to pay all hours owed upon termination or layoff.
Harassment/Hostile Work Environment
Harassment claims encompass many different forms, including but not limited to race, sexual orientation, national origin, pregnancy, gender/sex, marital status, medical leave, and religion. Harassment may be verbal, physical or visual in nature, such as derogatory comments, unwanted touching, or lewd gestures.
While California is generally a "at will" state—meaning an employee may be fired for any reason or no reason at all—the law still protects an employee from an unlawful termination. A wrongful termination may occur where an employee is terminated based on his/her race, gender, sexual orientation, disability or religious status. A wrongful termination may also occur in violation of public policy, i.e., engaging in protected activity, or where there is a breach of contract.
Retaliation may occur when an employer takes an adverse action against an employee for engaging in a protected activity, which may include: filing a claim with the Labor Commissioner; taking time off work to serve on a jury or appear as a witness in court; disclosing or discussing your wages; using sick leave to attend the illness of a child, parent, spouse, domestic partner, or child of the domestic partner of the employee; engaging in the political activity of your choice; and for filing complaint about safety or health conditions or practices. Other protected activities may include making complaints or refusing to in engage in illegal activity, testifying or assisting in a legal or governmental proceeding, or asserting your constitutional rights of free speech and petition. Retaliation may occur when the employer responds by terminating, demoting, or taking some other adverse action against the employee as a result of the employee’s engagement of any of the listed protected activities.
Discrimination may occur in many forms and is often based on a protected class. Such classes include, age, sex, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, disability, medical condition, ancestry, national origin, marital status, and gender.
The Mahoney Law Group takes a special interest in assisting ‘whistleblowers,’ or those who are willing to bring a potential case against their employer(s) for engaging in fraudulent acts against the State of California and the Federal Government. Whether it is a healthcare company, pharmaceutical company or a government contractor who defrauds the State of California or the federal government, the attorneys at Mahoney Law Group, APC will vigorously investigate the your claims. As a the person coming forward with such information, it is important to know that both state and federal laws afford you protection from retaliation as a result of coming forward with such information. Your employer cannot retaliate against you for reporting any suspected fraud. The attorneys at Mahoney Law Group, APC will advise you every step of the way. You may be entitled to compensation for reporting the fraud.
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