Employment Law Attorneys San Mateo

Employment Law Attorneys San Mateo

Employment Law Attorneys San Mateo

There are expansive employment laws in place at both the state and federal levels that are designed to protect employees on the job. Employers wield considerable power when it comes to their employees, and these laws are designed to help restore balance. Employees who have questions or concerns regarding their treatment at work shouldn’t wait to reach out for the skilled legal guidance of an experienced employment law attorney in San Mateo.

Employment Law Focuses on Discrimination

Employment law focuses on discrimination in the workplace. There are several primary categories of discrimination that make up the bulk of these important claims. 

Disability Discrimination

It is against the law to discriminate against an employee based on a disability, which includes all the following forms of discrimination:

  • Discrimination that is based on a medical condition
  • Discrimination that is based on a genetic condition
  • Discrimination that is based on a physical disability
  • Discrimination that is based on a mental disability

If the employee can perform their job’s essential functions – with the help of reasonable accommodations – they can’t be discriminated against in relation to their work. 

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment at work is a form of discrimination that is addressed by both the State of California and the federal government. Sexual harassment can take a range of forms, and while it can be difficult to prove, it can also be exceptionally damaging. Sexual harassment can be classified as either quid pro quo harassment, which means something for something, or as hostile work environment sexual harassment.

Examples of quid pro quo sexual harassment include the following:

  • An employer who withholds a raise or promotion when an employee rebuffs their advances
  • An employer who threatens an employee with an unfavorable review if they fail to perform a sexual favor

Examples of a hostile work environment that qualifies as sexual harassment include:

  • Requests for sexual favors
  • Overly flirtatious behaviors that are unwelcome
  • Suggestively brushing up against someone else when it’s not welcome
  • Displaying sexually charged photos, posters, or calendars 

Pregnancy Discrimination

Employees are also afforded legal protections in relation to pregnancy, to medical conditions that are related to pregnancy, and to giving birth. California laws include specific breastfeeding accommodations as well as reasonable accommodations related to the health and comfort of employees who are currently pregnant or have recently given birth. Some of the more common pregnancy accommodations include:

  • More frequent rest breaks
  • More frequent bathroom breaks
  • Relief from weight-bearing tasks
  • Accommodations regarding morning sickness, gestational diabetes, and other pregnancy-related health concerns

An Experienced Employment Law Attorney in San Mateo Can Help

The distinguished employment law attorneys at Minnis & Smallets in San Mateo passionately advocate for employee rights and have earned an imposing reputation for leaving no stone unturned in their focused pursuit of rightful compensation. Employees have important rights that are well worth protecting. To learn more about how we can help, please don’t wait to contact us today.  


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