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Los Angeles Employment Law Attorney

Fighting to Protect Employees’ Rights

You deserve to be treated with respect and given fair wages for the work you do. Unfortunately, many employers try to take advantage of their workers. If you believe that your employer has failed to pay you for hours you worked, violated your right to meal or rest breaks, retaliated against you, or otherwise treated you unfairly, reach out to KJT Law Group today. Our knowledgeable Los Angeles employment law attorneys are ready to fight to ensure you are paid what you deserve.

KJT Law Group attorneys focus on wrongful termination and wage and hour cases. We also handle whistleblower and retaliation cases, workplace discrimination and mistreatment, and discrimination cases related to disability, pregnancy, gender, national origin, and race, as well as other protected classes.

We offer free initial consultations to help empower you to choose the best legal path. As a client-centered firm, we truly care about you and helping you keep the compensation you deserve.

Workers

Employment Law Cases We Handle

At KJT Law Group, we never represent employers or other defendants in employment law cases. Instead, we dedicate 100% of our employment law practice to helping employees, independent contractors, and other California workers fight for the justice and fair compensation they are owed.

Wage and Hour Issues

Some employers fail to pay what employees deserve or refuse to give them their lawfully required breaks. If any of these happened to you, you may have a valid wage and hour case:

  • Failure to pay the minimum wage, either the state minimum wage or the city minimum wage: California’s minimum wage is $16 an hour, as of May 2024. The minimum wage for fast food workers just increased to $20 an hour. Los Angeles’ current minimum wage is $16.78 an hour but will be increasing to $17.28 on July 1, 2024. Employers must pay the minimum wage in Los Angeles, even if the state minimum wage is lower.
  • Failure to pay for time worked during meal or rest breaks or refusal to let employees take meal and rest breaks: California law requires that most employees receive a 30-minute unpaid meal break when working for more than five hours, two 30-minute unpaid meal breaks when working more than 12 hours, and a paid 10-minute rest period every four hours. 
  • Failure to pay overtime: Unless an employee meets certain exemption criteria, they must be paid overtime.
  • Misclassifying you as an independent contractor: Employers sometimes misclassify salaried workers as independent contractors to save money.
  • Not tipping you out: Employers who participate in tip pooling must equitably divide tips among staff.

Wrongful Termination

If you were fired for any of the following reasons, you may have a case for wrongful termination:
  • Discrimination: It is illegal for an employer to fire an employee based on their sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, national origin, marital status, pregnancy, membership in a political group, age, AIDS/HIV status, genetic makeup, religion, disability, or membership in another protected class.
  • Whistleblowing: Employers cannot fire an employee for reporting them or a coworker’s illegal activity.
  • Reporting harassment: Employers cannot fire an employee for reporting harassment.
  • Filing a workers’ compensation claim: It is against the law for an employer to fire an employee for filing a workers’ compensation claim.
  • Filing a wage and hour claim: It is illegal for an employer to fire an employee for filing a wage and hour claim.
We also help with discrimination, harassment, and other employment law issues.
Schedule a complimentary case evaluation with our team today; call (818) 507-8525 or contact us online to get started.

Why Choose Our Employment Law Attorneys?

When you choose KJT Law Group, you will have a team you can rely on throughout the entire legal process. We do not refer cases; we try them. While we strive to reduce our clients’ stress by achieving swift, favorable settlements, we also recognize that this is not always possible. When necessary, we are fully prepared to represent you at trial.
We also limit the number of cases we accept in order to provide each and every one of our clients with highly attentive and personalized representation. We prioritize communication, transparency, and results.
We provide legal services in English, Spanish, and Armenian. Request a free consultation today by calling us at (818) 507-8525 or by submitting an online contact form.

Read What Clients Have to Say About Us

“I couldn’t be happier with the KJT law firm. Both Caspar and Vache were exceptional and professional. I have no doubt that they fought hard in my behalf. And I really can’t thank them enough… I always felt as if I was a priority. My case was settled quickly. And I would, without a doubt, highly recommend them.” -Emily G.
“Professional, pleasant, and true advocacy all the way. They really helped me and supported my claim. I highly recommend to everyone.” -Rosalilia M.
“These guys know their stuff. I was at a dead end with a complex legal matter until I had a consultation with this firm. My case settled for more than I ever expected! I would definitely recommend their services!!!” -Aren B.

What You Can Recover from an Employment Law Claim

What you may be eligible to recover depends on the specifics of your claim and the type of claim you are filing. Common damages in employment law claims include:

Compensatory Damages

Compensatory damages cover your financial losses and mental anguish. They could include:

  • Both back pay (any wages you lost) and front pay (wages you may lose in the future)
  • Medical bills
  • Job search costs
  • Lost benefits
  • Attorney’s fees and fees associated with taking legal action
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional harm

Injunctive relief is what is awarded as a deterrent for your employer’s actions. An example of injunctive relief includes getting you rehired.

What Our Employment Law Firm Can Do for You

We know you might not know where to turn if you feel as though you were wrongfully terminated or underpaid. Our team is here to help. We can:

  • Determine whether you have a valid case
  • Educate you on labor laws and how they might affect your case
  • Gather evidence on your behalf
  • Build a case against your employer
  • Handle all communication with your employer
  • Represent you in mediation or other alternative dispute resolution

We will advocate for you, fighting to ensure that you get every dollar you are owed.

Results We've Recovered for Previous Clients Facing Employment Law Issues

Our team has recovered millions for those facing issues in their current or former workplaces. Here are a few results we’ve obtained:

  • $6.9 million for employees of a nationwide department store for unpaid wages, overtime pay, meal breaks, and rest breaks
  • $1.8 million for a class action settlement for meal, rest, and overtime claims
  • $1.4 million for a class action settlement for meal, rest, and overtime claims
  • $1 million for a class action settlement for off-the-clock work
  • $650,000 for security guards who were not allowed to take proper breaks
  • $200,000 for a sales representative who was harassed and wrongfully terminated
  • $170,000 for an employee who was wrongfully terminated for exercising his legally protected rights

Your Rights as an Employee in the State of California

Whether you are an employee, an independent contractor, or self-employed, you have certain rights. Workers in California are protected by numerous state and federal laws, all of which are meant to ensure workers are treated justly and fairly.

Some of your most basic rights as an employee in the state of California include:

  • The right to be paid fair wages for the work you perform
  • The right to a work environment that is free of discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment
  • The right to reasonable privacy in the workplace
  • The right to a workplace that is reasonably safe and free of dangerous conditions or hazards
  • The right to not be retaliated against by an employer for asserting any right, including the right to file a complaint or whistleblower claim

It is also important to note that those who simply apply for employment are also guaranteed certain rights under state and federal laws. Most notably, potential employers cannot discriminate against candidates based on any protected class, such as:

This by no means is meant to be an in-depth discussion of all of your rights as a worker in the state of California. Rather, this represents just some of your many fundamental rights in the workforce. If you believe that any of your rights, whether those listed here or others, have been violated by an employer, potential employer, hiring manager, or another party, reach out to our Los Angeles employment attorneys at KJT Law Group today. We are happy to sit down with you to discuss your situation and advise you regarding your specific legal options.

Schedule a complimentary case evaluation with our team today; call or fill out our contact form to get started.

Call Today for Help from Our Los Angeles Employment Law Attorneys

If your employer violated your rights by illegally firing you or failing to pay you what you deserve, you can hold them liable. We can help.

Call KJT Law Group today for a free consultation: (818) 507-8525.

We provide legal services in English, Spanish, and Armenian. Request a free consultation today by calling us at (818) 507-8525 or by submitting an online contact form.

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