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Labor and Employment litigation / Counseling

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

In addition to traditional labor work, I have extensive experience in all aspects of employment litigation, including trial work, in cases arising under 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, the WARN Act and other federal and state laws regulating the workplace. I also have extensive experience defending clients against breach of contract claims, wrongful discharge claims, and the ever-growing list of employment tort claims.

Wrongful termination

In California, all employment relationships are “at will.” This means that either an employer or an employee can terminate the relationship at any time with or without cause. There is, however, an important exception: an employer is not allowed to fire an employee if the firing is illegally motivated. Examples of illegal motivations include discrimination based on race, age, sexual orientation and religion. Furthermore, an employer may not fire you as retaliation for complaining about harassment, refusing to enter an unsafe workplace, whistle-blowing, or other reasons. If you think your employer is positioning itself to fire you for an illegal reason, it’s important for you to attempt to work with your employer to solve the problem and to document these attempts. Being in this type of situation can be extremely frustrating and stressful. A lawyer who understands the issues and can help you work toward a resolution is invaluable, so please call me.

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