“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

- Martin Luther King’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail

Elisa has tremendous litigation skills, is extremely dedicated with integrity to match. Elisa walked us through the whole (at times overwhelming) process with much patience and understanding. She answered our questions on weekends and no matter how trivial, always with our best interests at heart. This firm is definitely not intimidated by the size of the agency they are suing.

San Francisco Employment Attorney

Employment Lawyers That Defend Your Civil Rights

If you have experienced discrimination in your workplace, you may have grounds to take legal action against someone who has treated you unfairly. We know that choosing to initiate a lawsuit against an employer can feel overwhelming and scary, especially when taking legal action could put your employment at risk. When your civil rights are on the line, however, our San Francisco employment lawyers strongly believe that action must be taken. Learn more about our areas of practice in employment law and how we can be of assistance to you below.

Representing Public & Private Employees

Employment Contracts & Severance Agreements
Your employment contract or severance agreement could be worth a lot of money. If a contract is written incorrectly, however, the contract could end up restricting your success in future jobs. An effective severance agreement could protect your rights and help you obtain the maximum compensation for termination pay. Hire an experienced lawyer who is well versed in employment laws, understands your specific industry, and can draft an agreement to protect your rights and future job prospects.

Employment Discrimination
Employment discrimination can take a variety of forms. If you have been treated unfairly because of your skin color, gender, sexual orientation, race, national origin, or some other reason, you must speak with a lawyer immediately. There are laws that protect your civil rights and prohibit discrimination from occurring in the workplace.

Medical Leave & Accommodations
Under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act, employers are required to grant employees a defined amount of medical leave in a situation of illness, injury, or disability. If you need more medical leave than the allowed time, you need to speak with an attorney who can prove that you need more leave time.

Public Employees
As a public employee, you have many rights under state, federal, and local laws that are designed to protect you. At Stewart & Musell, LLP, our legal team represents both public employees and private employees. With an extensive knowledge of public employment laws, Californian employees and employees of California's public agencies can trust us to represent them in a wide range of cases.

Retaliation
Employers are not permitted to retaliate against employees who make a complaint or participate in a workplace investigation. If you have experienced some sort of workplace punishment, this may be a form of retaliation. Common examples of retaliation can include denial of a raise, denial of promotion, salary reduction, job reassignment, unnecessary discipline, or any other negative job action. From subtle to outright retaliation, you will need the help of a skilled attorney to fight for your civil rights.

Sexual Harassment
Sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other physical or verbal behavior that is sexual in nature and can be constituted as sexual harassment. If you have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace, this could be a form of employment discrimination, and it must be addressed. Do not wait to seek help if you are a victim of sexual harassment. Our lawyers can fight for your rights and seek justice for the wrongs that have been committed against you.

Wage & Hour Claims
Wage and hour claims can range from failure to pay overtime to failure to pay minimum wage. An attorney from our firm can handle a wide range of wage and hour claim cases for private and public employees. We can hold employers responsible for not paying you for your work.

Whistleblowing
You may have some reservations about stepping forward and reporting any wrongful treatment, misconduct, or illegal action by your employer or at your workplace. You may fear experiencing some sort of discrimination or abuse if you speak up. If you choose to assert your rights by coming forward - or "whistleblowing" - and reporting the mistreatment, there are laws that protect the rights of whistleblowers. We are devoted to protecting your civil rights under whistleblowing laws to make sure you are not retaliated against for coming forward and telling the truth.

Call Stewart & Musell, LLP to Start Building Your Case

At Stewart & Musell, LLP, our San Francisco employment discrimination attorneys invest the majority of our energy, time, and resources in bringing about optimal resolutions for our clients. With our experience, we can weigh the risks and benefits thoroughly, fully assess the potential downsides, create a plan of action, and prepare you for any potential scenario. We can work hard for your chance at success and we don't take shortcuts - we represent you fully every step of the way.

Contact Stewart & Musell, LLP today to put our nearly 30 years of collective legal experience to work for your civil rights in California.