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The Haeggquist and Eck Firm is a premiere employment law firm representing Los Angeles employees who are victimized by employment discrimination and unpaid wages. We help employees fight against discrimination, sexual or racial harassment, misclassification as exempt employees or independent contractors, and the denial of overtime, meal breaks, rest benefits, and other benefits that are mandated by California or federal law.
Employment in Los Angeles
From the Hollywood sign to Griffith Observatory, from Lakers games at the Staples Center to the beach at Santa Monica Pier, Los Angeles has some of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. Tourism sparks employment in a variety of industries, from hotels and restaurants to car rental agencies and retail stores.
Los Angeles County is also home to the movie and television industry. Tourists flock to the iconic Chinese Theater and the Walk of Fame. They tour Universal Studios or they attend a taping of their favorite television show at Warner Bros. People outside the industry might be surprised to learn that California employment laws often include special provisions that exempt certain members of the film industry, who must often work long hours without rest breaks and might eat at irregular intervals.
Los Angeles Employment Law Attorneys
Tourism and media are only part of the Los Angeles employment picture. More than 200,000 Los Angeles residents are employed in business or finance. A similar number of employees work in the construction industry, while more than half a million are involved in manufacturing. The aerospace industry has long been a backbone of Los Angeles employment. With the nation’s largest port, the transportation industry is also a leading contributor of jobs in Los Angeles County.
Almost one million management level employees work in California. Some are highly paid but others are not. In Los Angeles, retail managers work for luxury retailers on Rodeo Drive and for large department stores like Neiman Marcus. Food service managers are employed by institutions like UCLA and for gourmet food stores like Bristol Farms. But most Los Angeles employers are not household names.
Other managerial and administrative workers work for construction companies, marketing firms, hospitals and clinics, real estate companies, and a host of other businesses. Many managers are classified as exempt, meaning they are paid a salary and are not entitled to overtime. Unfortunately, many are misclassified and are never paid the overtime to which they are entitled.
Unpaid Overtime and Other Wage Payment Violations
The Haeggquist and Eck Firm helps employees recover unpaid wages from their employers. We also represent employees who were denied employment benefits that federal or California law require employers to provide. Examples of wage claims include:
- Failing to pay minimum wage
- Failing to pay wages for every hour worked
- Requiring employees to work “off the clock”
- Failing to pay commissions after they have been earned
- Failing to pay overtime
- Misclassifying a salaried employee as “exempt” from certain wage laws
- Misclassifying a commissioned sales employee as “exempt” who does not meet exemption requirements
- Misclassifying an employee as an independent contractor to avoid compliance with minimum wage, overtime, and other wage laws
- Failing to provide meal breaks in accordance with California break laws.
- Requiring employees to work or to remain on the premises during unpaid meal breaks
- Failing to provide paid rest breaks as required by California law
- Making illegal deductions from employee’s wages
- Failing to pay final wages at the time of termination
- Failing to pay earned commissions after termination as soon as they can be computed
- Failing to pay for on-call, standby, and travel time as the law requires
- Failing to keep wage payment records or falsifying those records
- Retaliating against an employee for making a wage claim
In many cases, a violation of a wage laws will affect not just our client, but many other employees of the same employer. In those cases, we may suggest that the claim proceed as a class action. If our client becomes the class representative, that client may be entitled to a greater share of the overall recovery while having the satisfaction of bringing justice to fellow employees who have been denied their earned wages.
Employment Discrimination and Harassment
Employment discrimination means treating an employee unfavorably because the employee belongs to a class of people who are protected by law. In California, those protected classes include:
- Race and color
- National origin and ancestry
- Gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation
- Age (over 40)
- Marital status
- Citizenship (when an employee holds a green card)
- Military service history
- Medical condition and genetic information
Employment discrimination occurs when adverse decisions are based on any of those factors. Adverse decisions can include:
- Failing to hire
- Terminating employment
- Unequal pay
- Docking or reducing pay or failing to give a raise
- Demoting or failing to promote the employee
- Failing to assign job responsibilities that will prevent or slow advancement
- Giving unfair performance evaluations that will affect pay or retention
Harassment is another form of employment discrimination. Racial or sexual harassment, as well as harassment based on membership in any other protected class, can include:
- Creating a hostile work environment that substantially impairs the employee’s ability to work
- Requiring the employee to tolerate an owner’s or manager’s insults that are based on race, sex, accent, or other trait that is protected by law
- Physically or sexually abusing an employee
- Requiring an employee to provide sexual favors in exchange for continued employment, a raise, or a promotion
- Terminating, demoting, or reducing the pay of an employee who rejected the sexual advances of an owner or manager
Retaliation also violates employment discrimination laws. Any act that punishes an employee for asserting the right to be free from discrimination or harassment is unlawful retaliation. The same law protects employees who assist discrimination and harassment victims by helping them file or investigate claims, or by testifying on their behalf in official proceedings.
Los Angeles Employment Attorneys
Victims of discrimination, harassment, and wage law violations turn to The Haeggquist and Eck Firm for assistance. We help victims recover appropriate remedies, including reinstatement, unpaid wages, and other compensation provided by law. If you believe you were the victim of an improper employment practice in California, contact the California employment attorneys at The Haeggquist and Eck Firm to obtain an evaluation of your case.