Employment Litigation Attorney in Santa Clarita
Defending Businesses & Corporations Against Lawsuits
The Santa Clarita employment lawyers at Poole Shaffery have represented small companies, large corporations and governmental agencies with difficult employment issues. The litigation process can be extremely time-consuming, on top of substantial financial risks. Cases can be invasive, with witness interviews and if records and entire computer systems are subject to subpoenas. Our seasoned trial lawyers have defended California businesses and governmental bodies against the various claims for violations of labor laws and torts.
In addition to the area of employment law, they also represent cases in:
Understanding Employment Litigation
Prospective employees and employees have certain rights protected by state and federal laws. Any violation of those rights can result in legal claims against employers. The alleged victim has the right to file a claim against the alleged offender. Litigation cases can involve single employees or large numbers of employees in class action lawsuits. Employers who do not follow the rules and regulations required by state and federal agencies such as the Equal Opportunity Commission or Department of Fair Employment and Housing or the Department of Industrial Relations risk claims against them for various issues.
If you have a claim against you or you were served with a lawsuit, you need legal advice from a proven Santa Clarita employment attorney. The lawyers work closely with clients in an attempt to resolve problems through settlement when possible or at the trial level when needed. The use of employment contracts, modification of employment contracts, or correct termination of contracts can help protect employers against expensive litigation in the future.
Types of Employment Claims and Lawsuits
Following are common employee litigation legal claims:
- Wage & Hour - Failure to pay overtime, minimum wage, tips, or time "off the clock"; failure to give breaks and lunch periods; misclassification of employer and independent contractor; and collective bargaining agreement violations
- Wrongful Termination - Allegations for termination as retaliation filing a workers' compensation claim, requesting a protected leave, or for whistleblower activities
- Discrimination - Unfair treatment in the workplace on the basis of age, gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion, national orientation or other violations of protected rights provided by the state or federal governments
- Harassment - Allegations of sexual harassment, religious harassment, sexual preference harassment, hostile workplace environment
Other problems can arise for employers that involve layoffs and plant closings, employment contract claims, or workplace safety. Most employers provide workers' compensation insurance to cover the costs of injuries to employees. Some employers carry insurance to protect them against discrimination and other types of tort actions.
The type of lawsuit and the potential exposure for the employer can determine the correct actions to take whether to push for early settlement to take the case to trial. Having a legal team for support throughout the litigation process can make a difference in the outcome of the case. The firm usually provides two attorneys and one paralegal to each case to ensure the best possible professional legal help.
Call Poole Shaffery for top level representation in employment law litigation.