Long Beach Employment Lawyers
Ricardo Lopez Law is an employment law firm dedicated to helping individuals obtain justice for wrongdoings in the workplace. We exclusively represent plaintiffs who have suffered wrongful termination, discrimination, retaliation, sexual and workplace harassment, and/or wage and hour violations.
For example, we represent employees who have been discriminated against because of their race, gender, age, or other protected status. Employees with disabilities or religious beliefs rely on us for assistance in securing reasonable accommodations that allow them to keep their jobs. Employees who have been sexually assaulted or harassed in the workplace, or who have been discriminated against because of their sexual orientation or gender identity have received assistance from us. We also represent employees who have been subjected to retaliation as a result of speaking out against workplace discrimination or other misconduct, or as a result of engaging in whistleblower activities.
Moreover, the attorneys at Ricardo Lopez Law have extensive experience representing employees in a wide range of wage and hour claims against their employer, including unpaid overtime and rest and meal break violations
It is our belief that every individual deserves to be treated with respect and dignity in the workplace—no matter the job. Unfortunately, all too often, individuals are taken advantage of by their employers and suffer significant harm, including loss of employment. Contrary to what corporations may lead one to believe, individuals not only have a voice, but also have a right to seek justice for unlawful conduct in the workplace. We are committed to protecting the rights of California-based employees who have been wronged by their employer. We strive for excellence to ensure that individuals receive the best possible representation in and outside the court.
What Does It Mean To Be an Employment Lawyer?
In the field of labor law, an employment lawyer, often referred to as a workplace attorney, is an advocate for anyone involved in legal disputes, infractions, or claims.
An employment lawyer’s expertise in workplace legislation helps shape the treatment of workers and promote fairness in employment policies. Additionally, workplace attorneys can assist in the resolution of conflicts between coworkers or between employees and their employers.
When it comes to defending your rights and interests as well as your future in the industry, engaging an employment lawyer is advantageous.
Are There Any Specific Types of Claims That Workplace Attorneys Handle?
Workplace attorneys address a wide range of cases. Sexual harassment, age discrimination and wrongful termination are all typical concerns in employment law.
The following are some of the most prevalent cases handled by employment attorneys:
- Discrimination (race, age, disability, sex/gender, etc.)
- Disputes regarding unpaid wages
- Constructive and Wrongful Termination
- Whistleblower retaliation
- Employment contracts and agreements
- Sexual Harassment
In the event that you have concerns about a potential claim arising from your job, an experienced workplace lawyer can provide guidance.
How Do Employment Attorneys Benefit Employers?
It is not uncommon for employers to handle routine situations without the assistance of an attorney. However, in the following situations, employers should consult with an employment lawyer:
1. An employee’s dismissal is the subject of a legal challenge
Employment attorneys can assist employers to avoid a lawsuit if they fear the individual they want to dismiss for misbehavior or poor performance will file a complaint against them. When an employee is covered by a contract or is about to become vested in stock or a retirement plan, employers frequently consult with labor lawyers before deciding on whether or not to fire them.
2. Working with protected classes
An employer may desire to fire a member of a protected class, such as a pregnant woman, a disabled person, or a member of a minority race or religion for reasons such as misconduct. An employment lawyer would be of great service in these types of cases.
3. Harassment or discrimination claims
Oftentimes, employment lawyers will become involved when an employer suspects reprisal against an employee for speaking out about harassment or discrimination in the workplace. If this involves high-level employees’, their severance payouts are examined by employment attorneys. Other cases involving regular staff are also handled and legal advice is given.
4. Layoffs and retirement planning
Employee layoffs or retirement plan adjustments often have a significant impact on many individuals. If a business is ready to take this step it is imperative that they consult with their employment lawyer before making this choice. A competent lawyer should be consulted to avoid legal issues as a result of this choice, by working out the best plan for everyone.
5. Classifying roles
Employers enlist the help of employment attorneys in order to avoid fines, back pay, overtime compensation, and legal penalties by helping to accurately classify roles. Employers rely on employment lawyers to assist them to determine which roles are exempt from some laws and which aren’t. For example, employment attorneys can help distinguish between independent contractors and employees in the workplace.
Employee handbooks, rules, and procedures are generally written by attorneys to ensure compliance with all applicable employment laws. Legal counsel can also help to make sure that employees are paid correctly and have access to the benefits they are entitled to.
7. Handling employee complaints
An employment lawyer will handle any complaints made by an employee with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or another state agency. Employee lawsuits and appeals are also handled by employment attorneys.