• WHEN WORK CAUSES TURMOIL

    WHEN WORK CAUSES TURMOIL

    "I can’t believe this is happening to me. This job has been my life. I need this job to take care of my family..."

  • YOU NEED  JUSTICE

    YOU NEED JUSTICE

    Have you been wrongfully terminated? Not paid for your hours at work? Has your boss or co-workers made work awful for you?

  • TO GET TRANQUILITY

    TO GET TRANQUILITY

    Call employment lawyer Lou Kreuzer (805) 383-4131. Initial consultations are free.

In the 20 plus years I have spent representing employees, I’ve seen that too often the same problems happen.  If there is a problem with your work, look to see if one of the situations below describes what is happening to you.

“I can’t believe that just happened.  I used to look up to my boss.  Now he just sent me a nasty picture of himself.
 When he started to act this way, I tried to let him know this was not appropriate.  I hoped that this would go away.
 Now what can I do?  I’ve got to provide for my family. But, who would believe me?”

If something similar has happened to you, you might have a claim for sexual harassment. There are also other forms of unlawful harassment, including race, age, or disability harassment.  It is also against the law to be fired for complaining about unlawful harassment. If you believe that you may have been the victim of unlawful harassment, please give me a call.

“Another late night getting home.  And I’m not even getting paid for this time.  The company says that I only get paid for my listed working hours.  But, I work so much more.  I don’t even get to eat sometimes.”

If something similar has happened to you, you might have a claim for unpaid overtime.  Generally,if you are spending time on the employer’s behalf, you should be getting paid for it. The law also provides protections for meal and rest breaks.  If you believe that you may be owed money for unpaid overtime and/or have been denied breaks, please give me a call.

“I don’t believe it.  The company says that they are ethical and have an open door policy.  But, after I told my boss I thought the company may be breaking the law, I get written up for the first time.  And now I get fired for a bogus reason.”

If something similar has happened to you, you might have a claim for wrongful termination in violation of public policy. Generally, workers who report violations of unlawful conduct and/or refuse to participate in unlawful conduct, cannot be retaliated against.  If you believe that you may have suffered unlawful retaliation, please give me a call.

“After I told the company I needed a reasonable accommodation for my disability, things changed.  I didn’t get the same jobs that I used to.  They set me up to fail and then fired me on a pretext.”

If something similar has happened to you, you might have a claim unlawful discrimination. Generally, California law prohibits discrimination based upon a person’s race; religion; color; national origin; ancestry; physical or mental disability; medical condition; genetic information; marital status; sex; gender; gender identity; gender expression; sexual orientation; military and veteran status; age (40 or over); or pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or related medical conditions of any female employee. Unlawful discrimination can take many forms.  But, the law is designed to protect people against certain types of discrimination.  Also, workers who report violations of unlawful discrimination, cannot be retaliated against.  If you believe that you may have suffered unlawful retaliation, please give me a call.

“After I moved up to manager, I thought things would change. Even though the company says that I am exempt from overtime, I still spend the majority of my time doing the same work I did when I was hourly.  Except now I don’t get paid for all the hours I’m working.”

If something similar has happened to you, you may have been misclassified as exempt and be owed money for overtime and missed breaks. The law presumes that most employees are not exempt and it is up to the employer to prove otherwise.  If you believe that you may have been misclassified as exempt, please give me a call.

“The company says that I am an independent contractor. But, they treat me like an employee. They tell me when and how to do my job and control my work. I don’t get how they can treat me like this and not pay overtime. I also don’t think it is fair that I’m incurring all these expenses on the company’s behalf.”

If something similar has happened to you, you may have been misclassified as an independent contractor.  The law presumes that most persons who perform work for another are employees and not independent contractors.  Thus, they are entitled to wage and hour protections like payment of overtime and reimbursement of expenses and it is up to the employer to prove otherwise. If you believe that you may have been misclassified as an independent contractor, please give me a call.