The California Labor Code and Fair Employment and Housing Act governs the relationships between employees, employers, and independent contractors. Employment law disputes in California encompass a broad array of matters from the interviewing stages to the termination of employment.

What Is “At-Will” Employment?

In California, employers may enter into “at-will” contracts with employees, enabling employers to fire employees for any reason or none at all so long as the reason is not illegal.

How Does California Regulate Employment Contracts?

Like the majority of states, California regulates the minimum age that employees can begin to work with a work permit; wages and hours such as whether an employer must pay an employee overtime; as well as working conditions, including prohibitions on retaliation and discrimination and duties to accommodate an employee’s disability.

How Does California Employment Law Protect against Discrimination and Harassment?

Under Government Code Section 12900 et. seq., employers must protect employees from harassment or discrimination. This applies to the following categories:

  • Age (40 and over)
  • Religious Creed
  • Denial of Family and Medical Care Leave
  • Disability
  • National Origin
  • Race
  • Gender

How Much Compensation Am I Entitled To?

Since the majority of California employment lawyers do business on a contingency basis, the attorney shares a 40% percentage of the overall recovery with the client. In a typical employment case in California, amounts can vary from as low as $40,000 in settlements to as high as $2.5 million trial verdicts in cases involving discrimination and harassment. In class-action cases, verdicts have been reported as high as $61 million in an unusual case that involved massive violations of the FEHA.

Should I Contact a California Employment Attorney?

Since employees in California must first exhaust all of their administrative remedies, it is advisable for employees to consult with a qualified legal profession experienced in California employment law. An experienced California employment contract attorney can assess the best legal strategies to employ while taking into account the relative monetary worth of each asserted claim.