Los Angeles Employment Law Attorney
Most of us spend majority of our waking hours at work. Employees, and the
law, expect the employers to treat every employee with respect and dignity.
Candidates are hired and promoted based on their abilities and performance.
Discrimination and harassment ought to have no place within a workplace.
Unfortunately, the reality is that not every workplace follows the law
or these basic requirements. When that is the case, when employees are
faced with unfair employment practices,
Martinian & Associates has the experience, ability and the compassion to stand up against even
the biggest employers in the court. Our job as
Los Angeles employment lawyers is to advocate on behalf of workers to ensure that they are getting the
rights they are entitled to by law. Our attorneys protect employee rights.
Safeguarding Our Clients' Employment Rights
At Martinian & Associates INC., our primary goal is to protect our
clients' employment rights. As a worker in the greater Los Angeles
area, you have the right to be free from various types of discrimination
as well as a variety of other rights such as the right to minimum wage,
the right to fair compensation and the right to medical leave. Listed
below are some of the types of cases our firm is prepared to take on:
Age discrimination can be a difficult type of discrimination to prove,
because in many cases, employers use something else to justify their treatment
of an employee, such as poor overall performance. The U.S. Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission enforces the Age Discrimination in Employment Act
(ADEA) which makes it illegal to discriminate against someone who is aged
40 or older. It is not illegal for an employer to take preference of one
of their older employees over a younger employee.
It is against the law to discriminate against an employee purely on the
basis that they identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. Recently,
the Senate approved of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) which
would forbid LGBT workplace discrimination, further defining employees'
civil rights. Currently, the law makes it illegal to discriminate against
an employee on the basis of race, color, sex, nationality, religion, age
Our Los Angeles employment attorneys fight for women experiencing pregnancy
discrimination. According to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (aka "The
Pregnancy Discrimination Act"), it is unlawful for an employer or
any other employee to discriminate against someone on the basis that they
are pregnant. Specifically, there are four protections for pregnant women
under this act: 1) Employers cannot deny employment to someone solely
on the basis that they are pregnant, 2) Employers must treat pregnant
women going on maternity leave the same way they would treat a temporarily
disabled employee. Women can work while pregnant as long as they are able
to perform their jobs without hindrance, 3) Employers must provide health
insurance that covers pregnancy, 4) It is against the law for an employer
to withhold pregnancy-related benefits from unmarried women.
At Martinian & Associates, our Los Angeles employment lawyers protect
employees against race and color discrimination. When employers, supervisors
and even coworkers treat an employee or potential hire differently solely
on the basis of their ethnicity or skin color, this is a violation of
the Civil Rights Act. Racial discrimination can also affect employees
who are married to someone of a different race or color. Racial discrimination
can take on many forms, such as firing an employee because of their race,
paying someone a lesser salary because of their race or demoting an employee
for reasons of race, as a few examples.
What is religious discrimination? It is when an employer, supervisor or
coworker treats an employee differently because of their religious affiliation
or the religious affiliation of that worker's spouse. This protects
workers from harassment, wrongful termination, unfair pay and the like
solely on the basis of what religion they identify with.
Our Los Angeles sexual harassment attorneys protect employees against
this type of harassment at the workplace. Although sexual harassment is
commonly associated as an offense against women by men, women can also
be guilty of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment can include everything
from sexual or crude joking to unwanted sexual advances. If you are being
harassed at the workplace because of your gender, or more seriously, your
workplace has become hostile or offensive due to the heavy presence of
sexual harassment, then Martinian & Associates INC. can help.
Employment law attorneys at our firm protect employees against wrongful
termination, that is, being fired or laid off for wrong reasons. What
constitutes "wrongful" termination as opposed to just termination?
If you or someone you love has been let go from their position of employment
solely or primarily on the basis of their sex, race, religion, age, etc.
then you may have a legitimate wrongful termination lawsuit against your employer.
Denial of FMLA
The FMLA stands for the Family and Medical Leave Act. According to the
United States Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division, this act provides
qualifying employees with as many as 12 workweeks of unpaid leave for
medical and/or family-related reasons. While these weeks are unpaid, the
worker who takes them will not have their job threatened for taking time
off of work. In order to qualify, you must work for a covered employer
(that employs at least 50 people) and have worked at least 1,250 hours
and at least 12 months with that employer.
Disability discrimination is unfair or unequal treatment of an employee
or potential employee because of a physical or mental disability, or a
history of disability. Employees are protected by anti-disability discrimination
laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act or the Rehabilitation Act.
Wage and Hour Law
All non-exempt employees are protected by the Fair Labor Standards Act
(FLSA) and should receive at least the minimum wage (California minimum
wage currently $8.00 per hour) and should receive overtime pay for all
hours worked over the regular 40-hour workweek (time-and-a-half). Unfortunately,
many employers do not fairly compensate their employees because they intentionally
or negligently misclassify them as exempt. Our Los Angeles employment
lawyers protect employees against wage and hour discrimination.
Contacting Our Los Angeles Employment Lawyers
If you are ready to take the next step and contact a Los Angeles employment
law attorney to protect your employment rights, contact Martinian &
Associates INC. today. Our law firm has years of experience representing
workers in claims against their employers and supervisors for things like
discrimination, wrongful termination, wage and hour violations, denial
of FMLA and much more. For a free and confidential
contact a Los Angeles employment attorney at our firm today!