Newport Beach Employment Law Attorneys
The experienced Newport Beach employment lawyers at Bisnar Chase are passionate about protecting the rights of workers and holding employers accountable.
Our skilled attorneys have won a huge range of employment lawsuits in Newport Beach, ranging from wage and hour disputes to discrimination cases. We are here to make sure employers – from large firms to smaller companies – cannot take advantage of their staff.
For immediate legal help, contact the Newport Beach employment attorneys of Bisnar Chase. We offer a free, no-obligation case review. Our experts can provide the guidance you need to decide how to take your case forward.
Your Employee Rights in California
Employees across Southern California have basic rights in the workplace. Unfortunately, we have seen plenty of cases in which their employers abuse these rights.
Workers should reasonably expect to be compensated for the hours they work – including overtime when applicable. Everyone is also legally entitled to break and lunch periods when they work a certain number of hours.
In addition, employees should be properly equipped to perform their duties, and have the right to work in an environment which is free from discrimination. If you believe your workplace rights have been violated, contact an employment lawyer in Newport Beach for help.
What Do Newport Beach Employment Lawyers Do?
When you contact Bisnar Chase, you will get a free consultation to explore the circumstances of your case, combined with expert guidance.
Once one of our Newport Beach employment lawyers takes a case on, they will work to establish evidence supporting your claim. They will then use this evidence to either:
- Negotiate a settlement, with the offending employer paying out an acceptable amount of compensation, OR;
- Take the case to court and fight for a favorable decision
We are adept at handling wage and hour violations, discrimination cases, abusive work environments, and wrongful terminations. If the evidence indicates that yours is not an isolated case, we are also skilled at handling class action lawsuits.
Our California Employment Lawsuit Victories
We are proud of the results we have achieved for our clients in various employment lawsuit cases. You can count on us to fight for the maximum amount of compensation possible for you.
Some of our recent employment lawsuit results include:
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The level of compensation a victim might receive in an employment dispute legal case will come down to the circumstances of the specific case. But our Newport Beach labor lawyers are experts when it comes to getting the best results possible.
Types of Employment Lawsuits
There is a wide variety of ways in which an employee's rights can be violated. How do you know whether you might have a case for an employment lawsuit? Read our handy guide below to learn more about the different types of workplace violations you might suffer in Newport Beach.
Wage and Hour Disputes in Newport Beach
Some of the most common employment disputes in Newport Beach involve wage and hour violations. This can include:
- Paying an employee less than the minimum wage
- A failure to pay overtime when overtime work has been done
- Paying lower than the contracted rate for overtime work
- Making illegal deductions from a worker's paycheck
Investigations have shown that a huge percentage of employees are not paid the correct amount of overtime, while others are not compensated for overtime or off-the-clock work at all. Read more about the overtime pay regulations.
Legal Break Times
Workers are entitled to breaks and meal periods. This means that employers must allow a paid 10-minute break for every four hours the employee works by law. The employee is also guaranteed a lunch break of at last 30 minutes, which must be taken before their fifth hour of working ends.
Some labor and employment law cases include workplace discrimination. This is when negative actions were taken against a worker or potential employee due to their race, age, ethnicity, disability, sex or religion.
It is against the law for these factors to be used in decisions regarding hiring, pay, and promotions, among others.
Hostile Working Environment
Any worker forced to suffer a hostile working environment may have a legal claim. This can refer to unreasonable actions taken which cause employee discomfort. A couple of common examples include sexual harassment and workplace bullying.
An employer may be culpable if they are directly responsible for this behavior, or if they knew about it and did not do anything to stop it.
This refers to any kind of dismissal which is carried out for illegitimate or illegal reasons. There may be a wrongful termination case if the firing:
- Goes against company guidelines or public policy
- Is a result of discrimination
- Is a result of employer retaliation
- Was caused by a worker refusing to comply with unreasonable or illegal demands
If any of these situations have been suffered by an employee in the workplace, they should seriously consider pursuing legal action. Moving forward with employment litigation can result in the victim receiving compensation, but it is also important to hold the offenders accountable.
Labor Laws in California
Employees in California receive a high level of protection from the state's labor laws. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) provides the basis for many employment laws, augmented by California-specific legislation.
The FLSA was created in 1938 to prevent employers from forcing their employees to work excessive hours. It established a national minimum wage and guaranteed 1.5x pay for overtime in certain jobs.
This employment act has been added to and expanded on by further laws over the years. For instance, the Portal-to-Portal Act of 1947 established that all work-related activities, performed for the employer's benefit, must be paid – regardless of when they are performed.
The following are just some of the important points of California employment law which apply to workers in Newport Beach.
- As of 2019, the minimum wage is $11 per hour for companies with 25 or fewer employees. Minimum wage is $12 for companies with 26 or more employees
- Minimum wage is scheduled to increase by $1 each year until 2023
- Overtime applies when an employee works more than 8 hours per day, or 40 hours per week
- 8/40 hour overtime rates should be 1.5x the employee's normal pay
- Employees will be entitled to 2x normal pay if they work overtime amounting to: 12+ hours in a day, or 8+ hours on 7 days in a row
- Some positions are exempt from the overtime regulations. These can include executives, admin staff, and computer software pros
- All working hours must be paid, and employers cannot force their staff to work outside of those hours without overtime
- All expenses which are necessary to a worker performing their duties must be reimbursed by the employer
- Employers are NOT required to provide paid vacation time
For more information on any of these California laws, contact a specialist Newport Beach employment law attorney. They will be able to provide more detail on the laws applicable to you, and help you decide how to proceed.
How Much Does a Newport Beach Employment Lawyer Cost?
When it comes to employment law litigation, you need a specialist employment attorney on your side. But many people are put off because they think it will be expensive to hire a lawyer. That does not have to be the case.
At Bisnar Chase we offer a 'No Win, No Fee' guarantee. Our law firm will advance all necessary costs relating to your case. If we do not win, you will not have to pay. This system ensures our services are open to everyone who needs them.
We have many years of experience representing employees who have been wronged by their employers, and believe in our ability to help win your case too.
Finding the Best Newport Beach Employment Lawyers Near You
Bisnar Chase is a top-quality law group which prides itself on providing expert help to wronged employees in Newport Beach and across Orange County. If you need an employment attorney in or around the 92660 area, we can help.
We believe that our track record speaks for itself. We have a 96% success rate and have collected more than $500 million for our clients.
Our employment lawyers represent clients who have suffered due to the illegal actions of their employers. They will do everything possible to get those victims as much compensation as possible, and hold the offending employers accountable.