Types of Employment Law Matters
Our Attorneys Can Help 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 Stewart and Musell 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 and 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 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.
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.
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 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.
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 employment law 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.