When to Speak with an Employment Lawyer
No one wants to be known as the person who complains at work or who rocks the boat. We want to work hard, do our best, make money, and get promotions along the way. Unfortunately, there are employers and people in the workplace who engage in unlawful activities, such as discrimination, harassment, retaliation, breach of contract, and wage and overtime violations. In my experience as an employment law attorney in California, I have seen a full spectrum of employer misconduct and few things surprise me anymore. If you feel that your employer has violated your rights, your first call should be to an attorney. Consider the following:
- Employment law in California is some of the most employee-protective in the entire country. You have some legal rights and protections that no one else in the country has. Yet, many employees in California are unaware of their legal rights, which employers take full advantage of.
- Employment law is complex. Employment lawyers must be familiar with the nuanced differences between federal and state laws. Further, there are constant changes in the law based on new legislation and case law.
- There is a very real power balance between you and your employer. Employers have the money and power. You are at a natural disadvantage because you are depending on the thing that your employer (or prospective employer) has likely deprived you of: wages or employment. A lawyer can help you balance the odds.
- Employers hate the risk of lawsuits, and therefore take employees with attorneys seriously. Although they often have the money and attorneys to take a case to trial, they would still rather avoid the costs of litigation, the risk of losing, and the bad publicity that comes with a loss.