San Mateo Labor and Employment Lawyers

San Mateo Labor and Employment Lawyers

San Mateo Labor and Employment Lawyers

There are protections in place for employees in California, and they afford important rights that are worth defending. When an employer discriminates against an employee, such as in relation to their sex or a disability – or otherwise fails to uphold their legal rights – it can lead to serious losses for the employee, who may be afraid to make waves by drawing attention to the matter. 

Guiding a labor and employment claim successfully toward a favorable resolution, however, is complex, which makes working with an experienced San Mateo labor and employment lawyer from the start advantageous. 

Employment Law in California

Employment laws in California are some of the most comprehensive in the nation – and they generally exceed federal requirements. Employers who have at least five employees are required to abide by all state and federal laws, and when they fail to do so, there are legal mechanisms in place that allow employees who are harmed by their employers’ negligence to seek fair compensation for their covered losses. 

The Basics

Employers in California are required to afford all employees certain basic protections that include all the following:

  • Employers are prohibited from discriminating against employees on a range of protected classes that include sex or gender, race, mental or physical disability, national origin, pregnancy, age, or military or veteran status.
  • There are minimum requirements in place related to the minimum wage, overtime pay, mandatory meal and rest breaks, and breastfeeding breaks. 
  • There are careful pay and benefits laws in place that protect employees in relation to the pay and benefits they receive, as well as temporary disability insurance, healthcare continuation, wage deductions, and wage notice requirements. 
  • Employees in California are entitled to specific leave allowances, including bereavement leave, paid family leave, family and medical leave, paid sick leave, emergency responder leave, and domestic violence leave. 
  • Employers in California are required to provide their employees with a safe working environment, which includes having a written Injury and Illness Prevention Program in place. 
  • When employment ends, California employers must comply with all applicable requirements related to final pay, mass layoff notifications, and job references.

California employers who fail to live up to their responsibilities to their employees can cause considerable harm and can face legal consequences as a result. 

It’s Time to Consult with an Experienced San Mateo Labor and Employment Lawyer

When employers do not uphold their employees’ rights and fail to provide them with the protections to which they are entitled, it puts the affected employees in a vulnerable position. The seasoned San Mateo labor and employment lawyers at Minnis & Smallets recognize the challenges that employees who are discriminated against – or who otherwise are not treated fairly and in accordance with the law – experience and are committed to tirelessly advocating for their legal rights – in fierce pursuit of favorable claims resolutions. 

To learn more about how we can help, please do not put off reaching out and contacting us today.  


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