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Wrongful Termination

Employers are prohibited from terminating any employees, including at-will employees based on protected categories, including but not limited to age, gender, sexuality, nationality, religion or disability.

It is often said that at-will employees can be fired, “…for any reason or no reason at all,” but that is not exactly correct.  At-will employees cannot be fired for any reason.  You cannot be fired because you belong to one of the above listed protected groups.  If your employer has done so, you may have a claim for wrongful termination.

Sexual Harassment

If you’re being sexually harassed at work, do not suffer in silence.  Sexual Harassment is illegal.  Retaliation against you for making a sexual harassment claim, regardless of outcome, is also illegal.

Sexual harassment is unwanted workplace behavior of a sexual nature.  The harasser can be the victim’s supervisor, a supervisor in another area, a co-worker, or someone who is not an employee of the employer, such as a client or customer.

Discrimination

An employer cannot treat you differently in any manner because of race, sex, age,  religion, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, color, national origin, mental disability, physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, military or veteran status.  It is also unlawful for an employer to retaliate against you for making a claim of discrimination regardless of the outcome of that claim.

Discrimination in the workplace can be in the form of wrongful termination, unequal pay, or different treatment of any kind made by an employer, supervisor or manager.

Whistleblower

What is the act of whistleblowing? What are the risks and benefits?  If you are or decide to become a whistleblower, will you be protected?

Whistleblowing means to report misconduct or illegal activities of a fellow employee, a higher up or an entire company or government agency. A whistleblower is someone who speaks up when he or she sees something that is ethically or legally wrong happening at their workplace.  Dozens of state and federal Whistleblower Protection statutes protect individuals who speak up to put an end to illegal corporate actions do not suffer from unjust retaliation.  Learn more about the many ways Whistleblowers can be protected.

Wage Gap

The “Wage Gap” is statistical evidence of systemic pay discrimination against women. Federal and state statutes, including the California Fair Pay Act, prohibit employers from paying differently for the same the work to employees of opposite sex, different race or different ethnicity. Of the 100 million Americans currently living in poverty, 70 million of them are women and the children depending on them.  The prevalence of the Wage Gap effects the upward mobility of women and the health of the next generation. Racial and ethnic minorities also experience wage discrimination and are due the same protections under the law.

Wage & Hour Class Actions

Wage and Hour class actions are lawsuits brought by groups of employees when an employer has systemically underpaid in violation of state and federal law.  These cases often arise when employees have been misclassified as independent contractors, misclassified as exempt, denied meal and rest breaks, failed to pay minimum wage, failed to pay overtime wages, or asked employees to work off the clock.  If you have been paid incorrectly, you are entitled to protection under the law as an individual or as a group.

Wrongful Termination

Employers are prohibited from terminating any employees, including at-will employees based on protected categories, including but not limited to age, gender, sexuality, nationality, religion or disability.

It is often said that at-will employees can be fired, “…for any reason or no reason at all,” but that is not exactly correct.  At-will employees cannot be fired for any reason.  You cannot be fired because you belong to one of the above listed protected groups.  If your employer has done so, you may have a claim for wrongful termination.

Sexual Harassment

If you’re being sexually harassed at work, do not suffer in silence.  Sexual Harassment is illegal.  Retaliation against you for making a sexual harassment claim, regardless of outcome, is also illegal.

Sexual harassment is unwanted workplace behavior of a sexual nature.  The harasser can be the victim’s supervisor, a supervisor in another area, a co-worker, or someone who is not an employee of the employer, such as a client or customer.

Discrimination

An employer cannot treat you differently in any manner because of race, sex, age,  religion, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, color, national origin, mental disability, physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, military or veteran status.  It is also unlawful for an employer to retaliate against you for making a claim of discrimination regardless of the outcome of that claim.

Discrimination in the workplace can be in the form of wrongful termination, unequal pay, or different treatment of any kind made by an employer, supervisor or manager.

Whistleblower

What is the act of whistleblowing? What are the risks and benefits?  If you are or decide to become a whistleblower, will you be protected?

Whistleblowing means to report misconduct or illegal activities of a fellow employee, a higher up or an entire company or government agency. A whistleblower is someone who speaks up when he or she sees something that is ethically or legally wrong happening at their workplace.  Dozens of state and federal Whistleblower Protection statutes protect individuals who speak up to put an end to illegal corporate actions do not suffer from unjust retaliation.  Learn more about the many ways Whistleblowers can be protected.

Wage Gap

The “Wage Gap” is statistical evidence of systemic pay discrimination against women. Federal and state statutes, including the California Fair Pay Act, prohibit employers from paying differently for the same the work to employees of opposite sex, different race or different ethnicity. Of the 100 million Americans currently living in poverty, 70 million of them are women and the children depending on them.  The prevalence of the Wage Gap effects the upward mobility of women and the health of the next generation. Racial and ethnic minorities also experience wage discrimination and are due the same protections under the law.

Wage & Hour Class Actions

Wage and Hour class actions are lawsuits brought by groups of employees when an employer has systemically underpaid in violation of state and federal law.  These cases often arise when employees have been misclassified as independent contractors, misclassified as exempt, denied meal and rest breaks, failed to pay minimum wage, failed to pay overtime wages, or asked employees to work off the clock.  If you have been paid incorrectly, you are entitled to protection under the law as an individual or as a group.

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Sarah is a top-notch lawyer and was a tremendous resource for me and the management team. I could always count on Sarah for prompt and informed responses to all of our questions—Sarah typically responded to our requests same day, and her advice was always spot on from both the legal and practical perspectives. Sarah also performed efficiently and on budget, and was generous with firm resources helpful to us in navigating various labor issues nationwide. Because of her efficiency, expertise, responsiveness, and understanding of our business concerns, Sarah was my go-to for all labor law issues. I have and will continue to wholeheartedly recommend Sarah to colleagues and friends.

Corporate Counsel

Sarah did a great job representing me in my termination case. I doubt the outcome for me could’ve happened with a different attorney (and I interviewed several attorneys prior to going with Sarah). She is thorough, transparent, and professionally objective. She expertly navigated the in-house counsel team and was a constant advocate for my case. Her honesty and empathy made the difficult decisions easier to work through and was responsive when I needed to review or better understand case matters. I highly recommend!

Employee – Super Results

Sarah has been a valuable asset for us. She has gracefully managed complex employment litigation matters and constantly provided proactive, strategic counsel while we navigated an aggressive growth curve in the California market. Sarah’s deep knowledge of CA employment law and keen business sense truly set her apart, and I look forward to working with her for years to come.

Chief Operating Officer

After a surprise layoff, Sarah Nichols secured three times the severance package that I would have obtained on my own. She communicated with me every step of the way and her pricing is fair and transparent. I highly, highly recommend Sarah Nichols.

Director of Production

Sarah has been a tremendous asset to us. An expert in Employment Law, Sarah is always courteous, thorough, detailed, efficient and proactive in helping us with our questions and concerns. I would highly recommend her to any organization looking for expert legal counsel in the complex and ever-changing field of employment law.

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