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Labor and Employment Litigation and Counseling

The Joel H. Siegal labor and employment practice counsels management clients in every area of labor and employment law.

I bring to every case deep experience defending management clients against claims like wrongful discharge, breach of contract, and employment tort claims. Building on years of experience serving clients in all branches of employment litigation, I have fought for traditional labor litigation claims in cases under important federal and state laws regulating the workplace, like Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Civil Rights Act of 1991, the Equal Pay Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and the WARN Act.

Independent Contractor

If you are providing services to an employer under a contract, you are protected under the Fair Employment and Housing Act of California in the same way employees are. That is, it’s illegal for the employer to discriminate against you based on race, age, sexual orientation and other protected classes. An employer is also barred from harassing its independent contractors and, of course, from breaching the contract. If you believe your employer has treated you unfairly with regard to your pay or your hours, or you have been harassed or discriminated against as an independent contractor, you may have a claim. I hope you’ll call me. I can help.

All Wage Claims

Requirements related to wages and hours are covered under both federal and state laws. In fact, California’s wage and hour laws are some of the strongest in the country. Examples of situations that would prompt a wage claim include not being paid minimum wage, not being paid in a timely manner, not being provided with meal and rest breaks, being required to work off the clock, having money owed to the employer deducted from a paycheck, and not being paid for all hours worked plus unused and unpaid vacation hours upon termination of employment. If you believe your employer has treated you unfairly with regard to your pay or your hours, please call me. I’ll help you determine if you have a case against your employer.

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