California Employment Lawyers

  • Disabilities
    Workers who suffer from physical or mental disabilities are protected from employment discrimination by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
 
  • Discrimination
    Age, sex, religion, pregnancy, race, nationality, and other identifying categories are protected by the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1991 and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967.
 
  • Wage Disputes
    The Fair Labor Standards Act requires employers pay their workers a fair wage for all labor performed and overtime pay for any labor exceeding 40 hours in one workweek.
 

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The Areas We Serve
 
We serve the entire Greater Southern California Community.
We serve Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego Counties.
Our office is centrally located in Anaheim, California.
California Workplace Discrimination Lawyers

 

Employees have the right to work hard and earn a living to provide for their families without fear of discrimination. Civil rights acts passed in 1964 and 1991 make it illegal for employers in California and around the country to discriminate while hiring, promoting, or conducting business. But despite these laws, workplace discrimination still occurs.
 
If you’ve been discriminated against at work, you may be eligible to receive compensation for wrongful termination, lack of career advancement, and psychological suffering. The California workplace discrimination lawyers at Jerry Underwood & Associates are dedicated to standing up to companies that break the law by discriminating against employees and job seekers.
 
 
Types of Workplace Discrimination
There are many types of discrimination that employees may face in the workplace, such as:
  • Gender Discrimination
Employees may receive unfair treatment because of their gender. However, state and federal law make it illegal for employers to discriminate against potential or current employees because of their gender for things like promotions, pay, job training, or other privileges of employment.
  • Racial Discrimination
Some employees may find it difficult to get jobs or promotions because of their race, while others may receive unfair treatment from coworkers or managers. Race and skin color are protected employment categories, and employers who discriminate based on these factors may be in violation of the law.
  • Religious Discrimination
Forcing employees to work on religious holidays, not providing reasonable accommodations for religious practices, and forbidding employees from wearing traditional religious clothing all may be forms of religious discrimination. Like gender and race, religion is a protected category in the workplace.

 

Wrongful Termination Attorneys in California
 

 

California is first and foremost an "At-Will" state, meaning, you can be terminated from your job for no reason or any reason the employer seems acceptable. 

However, there are exceptions to this rule in California, and you might have a "Wrongful Termination" case if your employer terminated your position while breaking one of these rules. 
 

 

California Pregnancy Discrimination Lawyers
How Much Do You Cost?
 
We take all cases on a Contingency-Fee Basis. This means, if we don't win for you, there's no fees to pay.

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How long will my case take to resolve?
 
 
Every case is unique. Some settle quickly while others go to trial and take an extended amount of time and attention to win. Either way, we will stay in touch with you throughout your case to make sure you are well informed of what is expected and how long it will take.
Do I have to come to your office? I live too far away from Anaheim...
 
Not really! We would be glad to meet you anywhere in the area to go over the details of hiring a lawyer to represent your case, and we can send any papers for you to sign via email. Let us know if you need help and we will do the best we can to accomodate your situation.
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Jerry D Underwood Law Offices

You work hard in your profession. And in return for your hard work and dedication, you should receive a fair wage, a comfortable work environment, and a chance to succeed. But some employers take advantage of workers like you through discrimination, sexual harassment, or unpaid wages.

Employment Cases We Handle

Employment Attorney Jerry Underwood

(714) 555-1212

Main Office:
5241 E Santa Ana Canyon Rd # 135, Anaheim, CA 92807

Call Us Now If You Are Being Discriminated: 714-555-1212

Specific Exemptions to the "At-Will" rule include:

  • Violations of existing employment contracts
  • Fraud or misrepresentation
  • Firing after inducement
  • "Implied contracts"
  • Retaliatory discharge, including whistleblower claims
  • Violations of public policy, including sexual harassment and pregnancy discrimination 
Call Us Now If You Have Been Wrongfully Terminated: 714-555-1212

It is illegal for an employer to discriminate against a woman based on pregnancy. There are state and federal laws that protect women against this form of discrimination in all aspects of employment, including interviewing, hiring, discharge and promoting.

Pregnancy Discrimination Explained

Pregnancy discrimination can be based on actual pregnancy, childbirth or medical conditions related to the pregnancy. It is illegal for an employer to discriminate against an employee based on any of these factors, or to ask if a female employee is or intends to become pregnant. An employer must make reasonable accommodations for a pregnant employee.

For example, if the employee is working a job that causes bodily strain or stress, she can request to be moved to another position. The failure to accommodate a pregnancy is an act of discrimination. After childbirth, an employer must grant the employee medical leave for a reasonable amount of time.

Under the California Family Rights Act, a woman has up to 12 weeks of leave following childbirth. Additionally, an employee can get up to four months of leave if she is disabled by her pregnancy or a pregnancy-related medical condition. This is required under the California Pregnancy Disability Leave Law (PDLL).

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Southern California Sexual Harassment Lawyers
Sexual harassment often creates an uncomfortable or hostile work environment for employees or job applicants. It may occur through jokes, bullying or aggressive behavior, inappropriate touching, or promise of monetary or career-based rewards in exchange for sexual favors. Although employees are protected from sexual harassment by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, some face retaliation from their employers for reporting sexual harassment.
Call Us Now If You Are Being Sexually Harassed: 714-555-1212
Call Us: 714-555-1212

5241 E Santa Ana Canyon Rd # 135 

Anaheim, CA 92807

Hours: Open Monday Through Friday
8am to 5pm