Employment Lawyer in Los Angeles, California

California Employment Lawyer

When our clients win - we win

THE SEMPERS LAW FIRM is dedicated to protecting and enforcing employees' rights in public and private sectors in California state.

As one of the best employment law firms in California, our goal is to help employees with a wide range of employment issues, including wrongful termination, sexual harassment, retaliation, unpaid wages, pregnancy, gender, race and age discrimination, disability discrimination, and religious discrimination.

We represent only employees.

When you come to our California employment lawyer, expect honest advice and dedicated legal service.

Our California employment law firm handles only a limited number of cases to provide the highest level of legal representation and personal attention to each client.

Our clients come from all walks of life, including automobile industry employees, cable industry employees, commissioned salespeople, and disaster-recovery workers. We have also helped alarm and safety inspectors and installers, hotel employees, property management employees, restaurant and fast-food employees, retail employees, service & repair operators, temporary staffing, and others too.

We take cases in Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, San Bernardino, Santa Clara, San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, Orange County, and Northern and Southern California.

If you have been mistreated in your workplace or feel your employer has violated your rights, call us at 888-762-0297 to speak to our attorney for employee's rights.

Your consultation with our California employment lawyer will be confidential, informative, and free.

We take cases on a contingency basis only and advance all costs, which are reimbursed after a successful recovery for you.

Written by Zachary J. Sempers,
Employment lawyer,
Los Angeles, California

Last updated on June 23, 2022.

Court Approved Settlements

$2,275,000.00 - Employment class action settled against a national staffing company.

$ 700,000.00 - Employment class action settled against a national fast food restaurant chain.

$ 450,000.00 - Employment class action settled against an industrial manufacturing company.

$ 450,000.00 - Employment class action settled against a national staffing company.

$ 400,000.00 - Employment class action settled against a disaster response company.

$ 350,000.00 - Employment class action settled against a nationwide service company.

$ 300,000.00 - Employment class action settled against an international general contracting firm.

$ 225,000.00 - Employment class action settled against a statewide hotel chain.

$ 200,000.00 - Employment class action settled against a regional hotel.

$ 112,500.00 - Employment class action settled against a regional general contracting firm.

What to Know

Employment Lawyer Explains

How do I know if I am wrongfully terminated?

California is an "at-will" employment state. In general, "at-will" employment means that an employer can terminate an employee for any reason or no reason, but not for an illegal reason. For example, where an employer's termination of an employee violates a law or statute, or that termination goes against public policy. If you believe your employer terminated you because of your race, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, or military status, you should talk to an employment lawyer.

How to prove retaliation?

In California, proving retaliation frequently requires showing that a) you engaged in a protected activity, b) your employer took action against you, and c) your employer terminated your job because of these actions.

Protected activity may include – among other things, complaining about sexual harassment, racial discrimination, unsafe or illegal practices, refusing to participate in unlawful activities, or filing a complaint to recover unpaid wages.

What is a typical employment lawsuit settlement?

Each case is different. The compensation for an employment claim in California depends upon many variables. It includes the nature of your claim, the number of parties involved, and the damages. If you want to know what settlement realistically to expect in your specific case, call us and ask to speak with an employment lawyer.

Age discrimination

California's laws require the employees and workers seeking employment to be hired based on their abilities, not their age. This applies to job seekers and applicants over 40. Certain prohibited questions or practices can come up at any stage of the employment relationship as early as advertising or recruiting for the position. If you think you were discriminated against because of your age, consult with an employment lawyer right away.

Unpaid commissions in California

If you didn't get paid commissions earned or didn't get paid on time, in California, you have the right to file a lawsuit against your employer. An employment lawyer can evaluate your claim and determine the right remedy to help you get paid. Under the California employment law, once a commission has been earned, the employee has a right to be paid.

Do California employment laws protect foreign nationals?

Yes. The employment laws of California protect all workers without regard to their immigration status. If you are a foreign national working in California, an employment lawyer can help you collect your unpaid wages.

What is the average settlement for an employment lawsuit in California?

Knowing other people's settlements may not help you. Each case is different, and your claim could be very different from other people's claims. If you want to know what settlement realistically to expect in your case, you need to speak with an employment lawyer. We invite you to call us.

Can I file a claim without an employment lawyer?

Yes, but consulting an employment lawyer first is highly recommended. Employment law is constantly changing, and there are specific strict deadlines (statutes of limitations) for filing every employment dispute. An employment lawyer can help you calculate damages and determine the best course of action for your claim.

Equal pay for equal work

It is unlawful for California employers to pay different wages for the same or a substantially similar job to discriminate against an employee based on sex, race, or ethnicity. For details or to speak with an employment lawyer, call us at 888-762-0297. We don't charge for consultations.

Paternity leave

In California, it is illegal for employers to fire, demote, deny a promotion, decrease pay, or take any other adverse employment actions against an employee for taking paternity leave.

Wage and Hour Issues

Unpaid wages are a problem in Los Angeles and everywhere else in California. When your employer fails to pay all your wages or pay on time, you have the right to file a lawsuit against your employer. This includes unpaid wages, unpaid overtime, unpaid commissions, compensation for missed rest breaks & missed meal periods, unreimbursed expenses and improper deductions or giving you a check that you cannot cash. If you have worked off-the-clock, you have a right to be paid for those hours. For further information, call our office.

Misclassification as an Independent Contractor

In California, it is illegal to "willfully" misclassify employees as independent contractors. If you have been misclassified as an independent contractor, we can help you recover your unpaid wages, unpaid overtime, unpaid commissions, unreimbursed expenses, outstanding premium wages for missed rest breaks & meal periods, and wages due for hours worked off-the-clock.

Can I sue my employer for emotional distress?

Emotional distress as a result of work-related discrimination, harassment, retaliation, or a physical assault is a serious matter. We invite you to call 888-762-0297 to speak to an employment attorney to discuss your options.

Sexual Harassment

We can help clients resolve their sexual harassment claims in Los Angeles and throughout California. If you believe sexual harassment was the reason you did not get hired, caused you to be demoted or passed over for a promotion, or some other unfair result at work, call us at 888-762-0297 to discuss your case.