California labor lawsuits are more common than you might think. If your employer tries to tell you that the particular facts of your unique situation do not merit a lawsuit, do not listen to them. Only a qualified employment lawyer Los Angeles will be able to examine the facts of your case and to determine whether it will be viable in a court of law. Here are a few examples of recently handled labor lawsuits in the state of California. One of them might be similar to your situation.
Maternity Leave Discrimination
A 2012 labor lawsuit filed in the state of California involved a woman who filed a claim, through the EEOC, was against a securities company once she was denied the ability to return to work after taking maternity leave. Prior to taking maternity leave, the plaintiff had been employed with the company for just a little over a year. However, when she tried to return, she was allegedly told that her position was no longer available. Reportedly, she was told that she would be contacted if another position were to become available, but was never contacted, despite the fact that men were hired for the position of security guards immediately after she tried to return. The suit was filed under the guise of being a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in the US District Court for the Eastern District of California.
Failure to Pay Minimum Wage
A million dollar lawsuit against a farm contractor was also filed this year. The suit alleges that the farm contractor violated California state law because the contractor did not pay minimum wage to its employees and failed to compensate them for overtime. In a statement made by Julie A. Su, the current California Commissioner of Labor, Salvador Zavala Chavez dba Zavala Farms, the defendant in the suit, did not provide proper monetary compensation to more than 150 workers in approximately ten different locations between the dates of April 1, 2009 to April 1, 2012. Over the course of regular 10+ hour workdays, laborers picked acres of lettuce and grapes without proper monetary compensation.
After receiving complaints, the California Department of Industrial Relations’ Division of Labor Standards Enforcement conducted an investigation. The report issued at the end of the investigation concluded that there was sufficient evidence to support these claims, and that the defendant acted in direct violation of the labor laws in the state of California. Currently, the suit is seeking $1.26 million of compensation for the workers.
Along a similar note, a lawsuit has been filed by a number of interns against Fox Searchlight and several other studios. The suit states that the interns should have been monetarily compensated for their labor. The using of the labor of interns has long been considered Hollywood standard practice, but the suit alleges that the interns of employers that are for-profit should be compensated. The suit, which is currently seeking the status of class action, is seeking damages for unpaid overtime.
These are just a few of the cases that employment lawyers Los Angeles are currently handling in the court system. If you have been subjected to unfair business practices by your employer, please contact an employment lawyer Los Angeles today. Most lawyers are going to offer a free initial consultation to examine and discuss the merits of your case. You deserve monetary compensation for the pain, suffering, and anxiety that you’ve been put through, and the right lawyer will ensure that you receive it. You have nothing to lose, but everything to gain, by picking up the phone today.
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