Meal & Rest Breaks
Kowalski Employment Law Corporation has represented clients with a wide range of claims and defenses under the California Labor Code, such as unpaid overtime, improper meal and rest break periods, inaccurate wage statements, violation of minimum wage laws, unlawful deductions, waiting time penalties, failure to maintain records, pay period violations, failure to reimburse business expenses, and more.
If you believe the California Labor Code, Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Department of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE), or another federal or state law has been violated, please contact us immediately to further discuss your employment and legal options available.
California At-Will Employee
Retaliation for Protected Activity
California recognizes the employer-employee relationship as "at-will," meaning that an employer can terminate your job with no-cause or just-cause, unless there is a contract. However, an employer cannot terminate, demote, refuse to hire an employee for an illegal reason. Instances where an employer has wrongfully terminated based on an unlawful reason are when it is based on race, religion, physical and mental disability, sex, gender, ancestry, color, national origin, medical condition, sexual orientation, marital status, age, and more.
Also, an employer has retaliated against its employee when it takes an adverse action on the covered individual because of their engagement in a protected activity. Protected activities include, but are not limited to, opposing unlawful practices and/or discrimination, participating in discrimination proceedings, requesting accommodations, taking a leave of absence to attend to family and medical needs.
Disability, Race, Age, Gender
National Origin, Religion
No employer may discriminate and/or harass their employees based on race, religion, physical and mental disability, sex, gender, ancestry, color, national origin, medical condition, sexual orientation, marital status, or age.
Kowalski Employment Law Corporation has successfully represented clients in litigation and settlement for discrimination and harassment claims.
Discrimination can occur in various ways such as hiring, demotion, termination, and compensation.
Harassment exists when offensive conduct becomes a condition of employment, and the conduct is severe or pervasive enough to create a intimidating, hostile, or abusive work environment.
FMLA & CFRA
Breach of Contract
Our law firm and attorneys have effectively represented clients with a myriad of other employment law claims and defenses, like breach of contract, vacation time, wage deductions, final paycheck, failure to pay wages, infliction of emotional distress, violation of Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and California Family Rights Act (CFRA).
Kowalski Employment Law Corporation also proudly has provided representation in class action lawsuits for wage and hour violations, and employment law claims.