Practice Areas

OUR EMPLOYMENT LAW PRACTICE AREAS

Matern Law Group, PC attorneys have helped many employees whose rights have been violated. Our extensive employment law practice covers:

Employment

  • Missed meal and rest breaks
  • Unpaid overtime
  • Unpaid wages

Wrongful Termination

Matern Law Group, PC’s wrongful termination attorneys have helped many employees whose rights have been violated. We have handled many cases involving employees who have been wrongfully terminated by their employers or who were forced to quit based on their intolerable working conditions.

In California, employment is considered to be “at will”, in the absence of an employment contract stating otherwise. This means that an employer or employee may terminate an employment relationship at any time, with or without cause.  In effect, employees can be fired or terminated for almost any reason, or no reason at all if they are “at will” employees.

There are, however, a number of important exceptions to this general rule. Under California law, an employee may have a legal claim for wrongful termination against his or her employer if he or she was fired:

  •  for discriminatory reasons;
  •  in retaliation for exercising employee rights; or
  •  in violation of an employment contract.

To find out more about what legally constitutes wrongful termination, click Wrongful Termination. If you think you have been wrongfully terminated, please Contact Us.

Discrimination

Workplace discrimination

We have handled many cases involving employees who have been discriminated against by their employers.

In California, both Federal and State laws protect employees in California from employment discrimination. Workplace discrimination means the employer treats one person or group differently from others who are not in the same group, but who are similarly situated.  Specific groups, protected by the law, are known as “protected classes”. The law prohibits employment discrimination based on:

  • age (ages 40 and above)
  • race
  • color
  • national origin (includes language use restrictions)
  • ancestry
  • gender, gender identity, and gender expression
  • sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and/or related medical conditions)
  • disability (physical and mental, including HIV and AIDS)
  • medical condition (genetic characteristics, cancer or a record of history of cancer)
  • sexual orientation
  • genetic information
  • marital status
  • religion (includes religious dress and grooming practices)

Discrimination, for the purposes of employment law, covers any workplace action such as hiring, firing, demoting, and promoting, based on a prejudice of some kind, that results in the unfair treatment of employees.

If you feel you have been discriminated against in the workplace, please Contact Us.

Workplace Harassment

Matern Law Group, PC’s harassment attorneys have helped many employees whose rights have been violated. We have handled many cases involving employees who have been harassed in the workplace.

California law prohibits harassment in the workplace. Specifically, this covers:

  • sexual harassment
  • gender harassment
  • harassment based on pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and/or related medical conditions
  • harassment based on all other characteristics listed under Workplace Discrimination.

To find out more about what legally constitutes workplace harassment, click Workplace Harassment. If you feel you have been harassed in the workplace, please Contact Us.