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Age Harassment and Discrimination

The law protects people over the age of 40, and makes many types of negative treatment of that person because of their age unlawful. Age discrimination and harassment can occur when an employer states that a person is “too old” or “too slow” for job, or a company wants “fresh blood.”

Age Harassment

Age Harassment, like other forms of Harassment [link to Workplace Harassment], generally occurs when an employer creates or knowingly allows the existence of a hostile, offensive, abusive, or intimidating work environment to exist which negatively affects an employee’s ability to perform their work. Read More

Civil Rights

Everyone deserves to be treated fairly and equally both in and outside the workplace. As part of our commitment to equal treatment and equal rights, our offices also take cases involving discrimination outside of the workplace. Whether it is a case of a business discriminating against patrons based on their race, sexual orientation, or disability, or an attack motivated by the victim’s protected characteristics, our offices can help the victims of discrimination to obtain protective orders, injunctive relief, and compensation for their injuries.

Our offices represent the victims of:

  • Hate Attacks/Crimes
  • Discrimination by Businesses Read More

Disability Discrimination

Disability Discrimination

Disability in California encompasses a broader spectrum of medical conditions than we traditionally think of when we think of disabilities. Under California law, a disability includes any medical condition that impairs a major life activity, including the ability of an employee to work. Disabilities take many forms from physical impairments to psychiatric conditions.

Reasonable Accommodation

Under California law, an employer that becomes aware of a disability has a duty to provide a “reasonable accommodation” to the employee if the disability impacts the employee’s ability to do their job. An employee who has a disability that impacts their ability to do their job may contact their supervisor or employer’s human Read More

Employment Discrimination

Employment Discrimination

We handle all aspects of Employment Discrimination under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). California’s anti-discrimination laws were generally written to provide greater protection from discrimination than Federal law, and as a result, our office uses those laws to help protect workers and obtain compensation for legal violations committed by employers against their employees.

What is Employment Discrimination?

Employment Discrimination takes a variety of forms, but generally involves an employee being subjected to negative treatment in the workplace because of their membership in a protected class. Read More

Employment Harassment

We handle all aspects of Employment Harassment under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). California’s anti-harassment laws were generally written to provide greater protection from harassment than Federal law, and as a result, our office uses those laws to help protect workers and obtain compensation for legal violations committed by employers against their employees.

What is Employment Harassment?

Employment discrimination takes a variety of forms, but generally falls into two broad categories:

  • Quid pro quo harassment: when a supervisor demands sexual favors or attention as a condition of employment.
  • Hostile work environment harassment: when an employer creates or knowingly allows the existence of a hostile, offensive, abusive, or intimidating work environment to exist which negatively Read More

National Origin Harassment and Discrimination

A person’s National Origin deals primarily with a person’s country of origin or the country of origin of their ancestors, including their parents. Our firm’s attorneys have worked extensively to defend the rights of minorities. Our firm’s founder, Rob Hennig, was a board member for the Southern California chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, and all of our associates have worked extensively representing the interests of minorities in both a nonprofit and professional setting.

National Origin Harassment or Discrimination can occur whether a person is actually from another country, or whether they are simply believed to be a member of such a group. National Origin Harassment also includes harassment because of a person’s accent or linguistic difficulties. Read More

Public Entity Employees

Our firm represents public entity employees in a variety of workplace disputes and situations. Litigation against Public Entity employers present a variety of unique challenges and procedural prerequisites to bringing legal action. We represent Public Entity Employees in a variety of claims, other than union disputes, with a focus on:

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Qui Tam

Both Federal and California state law provide allow individuals with first-hand knowledge of fraud or corruption in government contracts or purchasing activities to file an action on behalf of the government to recover public funds obtained through fraud or corruption. People who file these Qui Tam actions, generally under the False Claims Act, may be entitled to receive a portion of any money recovered through the Qui Tam action.

We believe in an honest, clean, and effective government, not one that is taken advantage of by corrupt employees and greedy contractors. Our attorneys are experienced in Qui Tam actions, and can assist you in assessing any information you may have, as well as in pursuing your claims to resolution. Read More

>Race and Ethnicity Harassment and Discrimination

A person’s Race or Ethnicity is a characteristic that they can neither choose nor change. Our firm’s attorneys have worked extensively to defend the rights of Racial and Ethnic minorities. Our firm’s founder, Rob Hennig, was a board member for the Southern California chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, and all of our associates have worked extensively representing the interests of racial and ethnic minorities in both a nonprofit and professional setting.

Race is a combination of a person’s ancestry, skin color, and physical characteristics. Racial harassment and discrimination can be experienced by a person of any racial group who is treated differently and unfavorably because of their characteristics. Read More

Religious Harassment and Discrimination

A person’s religion is one of the most fundamental aspects of their identity. Occasionally, a person’s religious beliefs will require that they have certain work accommodations, such as time for prayer, time off for religious services, or time off for religious holidays. The law protects a person’s religious beliefs and practices from undue or unwarranted interference by their employer.

Religious Harassment

Religious Harassment, like other forms of Harassment [link to Workplace Harassment], generally occurs when an employer creates or knowingly allows the existence of a hostile, offensive, abusive, or intimidating work environment to exist which negatively affects an employee’s ability to perform their work. Read More

Retaliation

Under California law, unlawful Retaliation includes such things as an employee being subjected to negative treatment in the workplace because they engaged in a “protected activity.” Retaliatory treatment ranges from disciplinary action, negative performance reviews, denial of training, denial of promotions, denial of raises, and termination.

What is Retaliation?
Under California law, Retaliation is unlawful if it is based on a variety of protected activities, including:

  • Reporting illegal conduct
  • Refusing to engage in illegal conduct Read More

Sexual Orientation Harassment and Discrimination

The rights of the LGBT community are of special importance to our firm. Our firm’s founder, Rob Hennig regularly volunteers at the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center and was the founding co-chair of the Board of Directors of what is now Equality California. Mr. Hennig is also a past member of the Board of Directors and past President of the LGBT chapter of the ACLU of Southern California.

Sexual Orientation Harassment or Discrimination can occur whether a person is actually heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, or because of their gender identity, Read More

Sex and Gender Harassment and Discrimination

A person’s Sex or Gender is simply a person’s gender identity (man, woman, or transgender) or biological sex (male, female, transgender, or intersex). The attorneys in our firm have handled dozens of cases involving Sex and Gender Harassment and Discrimination.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual Harassment can take a variety of forms, but generally falls into two broad categories:

  • Quid pro quo harassment: when a supervisor demands sexual favors or attention as a condition of employment.
  • Hostile work environment harassment: when an employer creates or knowingly allows the existence of a hostile, offensive, abusive, or intimidating work environment to exist which negatively affects an employee’s ability to perform their work. Read More

Wage and Hour

California has numerous laws regulating the terms and conditions of employment, including how and for what types of tasks employees should be paid. Our firm represents clients who have been paid improperly under California’s Wage and Hour laws in both an individual capacity and on a class-wide basis.

We represent employees for claims involving:

  • Unpaid Overtime
  • Failure to Provide Meal and Rest Breaks
  • Breach of Employment Contracts
  • Misclassification of Employees as Exempt Read More

Whistleblower Retaliation

Whistleblower Retaliation is a special subset of retaliation claims where an employer subjects an employee to negative treatment in the workplace for the employee’s reporting of illegal activity being committed by the employer. Like other types of Retaliation, the treatment can range from disciplinary action, negative performance reviews, denial of training, denial of promotions, denial of raises, and termination.

What is Whistleblower Retaliation?

Under California law, Whistleblower Retaliation includes a range of reporting activity, such as:

  • Reporting violations of health and safety regulations or codes
  • Reporting falsification of financial documents
  • Reporting fraud Read More

Wrongful Termination

An employee is Wrongfully Terminated when they are fired from their employment for reasons that are illegal or in violation of fundamental public policy. There are a wide variety of reasons that an employee may be terminated which are unlawful, including because of:

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