Southern California Employment Law Firm
At Lawyers for Justice, PC, our attorneys protect workers’ rights at companies across the Los Angeles metropolitan area and throughout Southern California. Whether you’re looking for legal advice or to participate in a class action lawsuit, our lawyers work for you. Our track record in holding accountable companies that violate California’s Labor Code and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is proof of our dedication to ensuring workers’ and consumer rights are protected. Extensive legal experience and knowledge of federal and state employment law enable our attorneys to represent clients in various legal matters and file their claims with the appropriate agencies.
Our lead attorneys have been named Super Lawyers by SuperLawyers.com, a distinction awarded to only the top lawyers in the region. We take an aggressive approach to litigation regardless of the legal matter at hand. As a result, our clients receive the strongest defense possible to compensate them for unfair employment practices of the state’s largest employers.
Types of Employment Cases We Cover
- Wage and Hour Disputes: Employees must be paid at least the federal minimum wage for as many hours as they work. If an employer doesn’t pay regularly or timely, include breaks/meals, or pay wages owed, overtime wages, or unused vacation pay after termination or voluntary departure, we hold them accountable. Employers are also obligated to cover benefits an employee is owed and the bonuses and tips they earned.
- Wrongful Terminations: In California, wrongful termination is when an employee is fired or discharged for reasons such as refusing to violate the law or act in an illegal manner, perform a statutory obligation or report, exercise a statutory right or privilege, or report a violation to supervisors or a governmental entity (whistleblowing). The state’s labor laws protect employees against being fired due to discrimination, compensation issues, or requesting paid medical or family leave.
- Sexual and Workplace Harassments: Sexual harassment, or when an employer, manager, or supervisor demands sex in return for benefits such as a raise or continued employment, is the most common form of harassment. It can also include insensitive jokes, improper photographs, and unwanted touching. Workplace harassment can take other forms such as racial slurs or denying wages or benefits due to pregnancy status. Retaliation against organizing a union or partaking in other political activities counts as harassment as well.
- Workplace Discrimination: Federal and state law prohibits employers from discriminating against workers based on race, age, gender, marital status, religious affiliation, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, and other “protected classifications”. Workplace discrimination can take many forms. Whether a discriminatory action was systematic or carried out by a single manager or supervisor, lawsuits are filed against employers and companies as a whole.
- Employer Retaliation: An employee cannot be discharged for filing a workers’ compensation claim, participating in a union, or reporting elder abuse at a nursing home, among other activities. If an employer discourages you from exercising your legal rights, or harasses, demotes, or terminates you for filing a complaint about an unfair/improper labor practice, you are protected by the law and can take legal action. At Lawyers for Justice, PC, we are here to work on your behalf to hold them accountable.
- Breaks & Time Off: While an exempt employee is not entitled to overtime compensation, nonexempt employees are. Employers are legally obligated to compensate them for missed lunches, overtime hours, and any time used to perform legitimate work duties. Following a company’s procedures for time reporting ensures all your work hours are recorded and you can claim overtime when recorded time exceeds eight hours per day, or 40 hours per week. If an employer doesn’t pay appropriately and doesn’t correct their mistakes, they are violating the law.
Dedicated to Your Worker Rights
There are other violations an employer can be held accountable for. These include unsafe work conditions and negligence that lead to workplace injuries, failure to provide proper training, and misclassifying employees to avoid paying them for overtime. The labor lawyers at Lawyers for Justice, PC, can address your issue no matter what illegal business practice your employer engages in. No company is above the law; not even the largest of corporations. Whether you’ve been wrongfully terminated, denied career advancement, or had your wages reduced due to unfair reasons, we are here to help. Workplace discrimination undermines your self-worth; during this stressful time, our attorneys will fight for your rights and protections.
Labor Law Resources & Guides
- Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
- California Labor Laws
- S. Department of Labor
- Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHS Act)
- California Workers’ Compensation Program
- California Sexual Harassment Law
Contact Lawyers for Justice Today
If you feel your employer has treated you unfairly or has broken the law, contact Lawyers for Justice, PC, and we can prove whether any labor laws were violated. Our attorneys will gather the facts, file a complaint, and take the case to trial if necessary. The law may entitle you to owed unpaid wages, compensation for a discriminatory layoff, or punitive damages. Contact us today to learn more or receive a free case evaluation.
YOUR BEST Southern California EMPLOYMENT LAW FIRM
If you haven’t been paid the wages you deserve, have been harassed at work, or have been wrongfully terminated, we provide the legal advice and representation you need. At Lawyers for Justice, PC, our team understands every detail of state and federal labor laws, including the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which covers minimum wages, overtime pay, and recordkeeping. We’ve recovered millions of dollars in damages. Our attorneys have taken on the most complex of cases including mass torts and class action lawsuits involving California’s largest employers.
Why Lawyers for Justice
The law provides employees with rights they can exercise in a wide range of circumstances. Unfortunately, not all companies abide by their legal obligations or treat all employees fairly and equally. All too often, workers are terminated, harassed, discriminated against, or have their wages reduced or career opportunities blocked for the wrong reasons. People who put all their energy into their professions rarely have the legal know-how to fight their unscrupulous employers.
That’s what Lawyers for Justice, PC, is here for. You have the right to sue your employer for any type of discrimination, whether its denial of a job, a change in the terms of your employment, or wrongful termination due to qualities known as “protected classifications” (age, race, gender, etc.) or exercising your legal duties to report illegal activities or unsafe conditions. We represent workers who have been treated unfairly and get them compensated for lost wages and the hardship brought on by their employer’s actions.
Our litigation professionals have extensive experience in representing clients in all types of employment and labor law cases. We’ve won huge class action lawsuits ranging from unfair business practices to consumer fraud. If an employer violates California’s Labor Code, Business and Professions Code, or federal employment laws, we can protect employees’ rights and entitlements, in many different industries.
Lawyers for justice attorneys
Founder of Lawyers for Justice, PC, Edwin Aiwazian established the law firm to provide workers with a voice and platform to speak up and assert their own rights. He graduated Pepperdine University School of Law in 2004. Previously, Mr. Aiwazian focused on class actions, torts, and products liability cases while employed at Girardi &Keese, and has held companies in banking, manufacturing, retail, and other industries accountable for their actions. He is a member of Lawyers for Distinction was selected as a Super Lawyer by SuperLawyers.com for 2017 – 2020.
Joanna Ghosh is a Senior Attorney at Lawyers for Justice, PC, and represents workers in class and complex wage-and-hour matters. She is a member of the California Employment Lawyers Association. Admitted to practice law in California and New York, Joanna practices in United States District Courts in California and the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court. Before joining Lawyers for Justice, PC, she was Principal Attorney at The Ghosh Law Group, APC, practicing in appellate, bankruptcy, and business litigation matters.
So What Are You Waiting For?
Injustice is no match for our team. Whether seeking legal advice on potential harassment or wage and hour violation, or are part of a class action lawsuit, you’ll have a strong team behind you. Over the years, we’ve recovered millions of dollars on behalf of California employees. Schedule your free consultation today!