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Riverside Employment Attorney

Have you been wronged by your employer? Please call Theory Law at (310) 500-0206 to speak with a Riverside employment attorney.

Persistent issues in the workplace can have a major impact on your day-to-day life, even after you clock out. Workplace issues can weigh heavily and negatively impact your emotional health outside of work. If you’re facing harassment, discrimination, or some other legally actionable workplace problem, a Riverside employment lawyer from Theory Law APC can offer help in the form of skilled legal guidance and representation.

The dedicated team of employment attorneys and support staff at Theory Law APC is committed to protecting your rights and advocating for your interests. We will work diligently on your behalf throughout all phases of legal proceedings, even in the most complex and sensitive employment law matters. Beginning the process of acquiring highly effective legal help in Riverside, CA, is as simple as filling out our online form or contacting our main Los Angeles offices to set up a consultation.

Harassment, discrimination, and other workplace violations are more than just annoyances or roadblocks in your career path; they are illegal actions that threaten your livelihood and your ability to support your family. For favorable outcomes, this serious threat must be met with equally serious legal representation. Many employers have robust and well-funded legal departments of their own, so having the right legal support when facing these matters can be absolutely crucial to achieving good results.

Riverside Employment Lawyer

The Theory Law APC Team

Theory Law APC has a track record of success in complicated employment law scenarios. We can provide you with the assistance needed to navigate any legal challenges you may encounter at your California workplace. Our team understands the intricacies of California and federal employment law, and we’re here to help you achieve justice and fair treatment at work.

Whether you’re dealing with minimum wage violations, timeclock and hour disputes, sexual harassment, racial discrimination, wrongful termination, or some other issue, the skilled employment law group at Theory Law APC can serve as your trusted partner in resolving and moving past issues at work, while keeping your rights and your career path protected.

Putting California Employment Law Into Real-World Context

It’s crucial to understand what legally actionable employee mistreatment looks like in practice. These distinctions are key because some folks who mistakenly believe they just have “a tough job” are, in reality, the victims of daily workplace violations. Alternately, some workers who experience harassment at work and believe they have a strong case against their employer might, in fact, be better served by a civil suit against the specific individual conducting the harassment. 

Your attorney in Riverside, CA can help you understand the merits (and potential weaknesses) of your specific claim, but we offer the below examples so you can understand what some legally actionable workplace violations might look like in the real world:

  • Unpaid Overtime – A retail store closes at 9:00 P.M., and all scheduled shifts likewise end at 9:00 P.M. Closing shift workers at the store are only paid until the end of their shift but are required to stay until the facility has been properly cleaned and closed. This means employees are often working until 9:30 or later.

    If an employer consistently requires (or “asks”) you to work beyond your scheduled hours without providing overtime pay as required by California law, you can take legal action to recover your rightful wages.

  • Minimum Wage Violations – An employer in the agricultural industry offers “under the table” cash pay of $10 an hour for temporary labor positions that get filled informally through word of mouth. This amount is far below the state minimum and maybe even further below the city’s minimum wage if it’s higher than the state wage.

    Unfortunately for the employer, the nature of the employment does not really matter, and all workers in California are guaranteed pay of at least the state minimum wage. In fact, in this scenario, the employer would probably be in violation of multiple other laws rather than protecting themselves through the informal nature of these hires.

  • Workplace Harassment – We all have the right to do our jobs free from illegal harassment by our employers or their agents. For example, a black male office worker who is singled out and experiences persistent verbal abuse about their job performance (despite their work being of equally high quality compared to that of white male colleagues) may have grounds for a harassment or discrimination claim.

  • Retaliation – You can also take legal action if you exercise your protected workplace rights and an employer responds by escalating the situation or trying to get rid of you. Consider a worker with a physical disability that reduces their mobility and who has a desk on the other side of the building from the employee restroom. The employee asks for reasonable accommodations in the form of an exception to an employer’s restroom policy, as it takes them longer than average to get to and from the facilities.

    Instead of receiving this accommodation, the employee is suddenly terminated without just cause. Depending on the available evidence, the disabled worker may have a valid claim for retaliation or wrongful termination.

  • Discriminatory Hiring Practices – Some Californians fail to realize that their workplace rights actually begin before they have ever been hired. An older but highly qualified worker who has been consistently denied employment opportunities (or promotions within their current organization) based on their age may have a legally sound claim.

  • Hostile Work Environment – Be assured that major California employers and their flashy corporate lawyers are well-versed in employment law, which means they will go to great lengths to cover their tracks when taking illegal actions against employees.

    Imagine an ambitious middle manager who observes inefficiencies or procedural issues within their organization and has a habit of making corrective suggestions to their superiors. Instead of responding to these communications constructively, their employer begins adding busy work that is not in the employee’s original job description and changing them to a less desirable shift in an effort to get them to quit voluntarily.

    Forcing an employee to quit by creating a hostile work environment can help the employer avoid a wrongful termination claim. However, if the employee has done a good job of documenting this saga of a work environment turning hostile, they may still have grounds to file a claim.

  • Wrongful Termination – We have already touched on the concept of wrongful termination in some of the above items, but it can take many forms in practice. Bad faith employers may go to great lengths to conceal or obscure the true intentions behind a firing.

    For example, a corporate accountant who loses their job after refusing to help their employer conceal a shady “off the books” business transaction may be able to prove wrongful discrimination, as you cannot be fired or otherwise retaliated against for refusing to participate in illegal activities on behalf of your employer.

What a California Employment Attorney Can Do for You

When a worker faces flagrant, blatant violations of employment law at their workplace, they may believe they can file a claim and handle the impending legal process on their own. With a lot of research and hard work, this may even be true for certain cases. Unfortunately, it’s not always that simple.

While we would all like to believe that our legal system treats every individual fairly and equally, regardless of whether they’re a billion-dollar CEO or a night shift janitor, this is not always how things work in practice. Workers who head into court without appropriate legal representation can risk putting themselves at a severe (and unnecessary) disadvantage from the very first step.

Remember: your employer (or former employer) is likely to have high-end legal counsel and may even have a dedicated in-house legal team that is highly adept when it comes to covering up their particular pattern of illegal activity. In these high-stakes scenarios, your strongest move is to have powerful legal counsel of your own in the form of a dedicated Riverside employment lawyer from Theory Law APC.

You do not need to face the daunting prospect of pursuing a harassment claim or discrimination lawsuit on your own. Flexible billing options, or even contingency fee plans, are available in many such cases, making world-class legal help accessible to working Californians even when they are out of work and already stretched beyond their financial means.

Before you decide to open a claim against your employer without dedicated legal assistance, it’s important to understand the legal tools you are missing out on (and the subsequent legal advantage you may be handing your employer) by doing so. Here are some of the powerful benefits you unlock by working with a Southern California employment attorney from Theory Law APC:

  • Powerful, personalized legal guidance that is tailored to your unique situation and your individual goals.
  • Dynamic legal strategies that evolve to meet the challenges of complex, fast-moving employment law cases.
  • Fierce advocacy for your rights and interests throughout all hearings, negotiations, and other interactions with your employer or their representatives.
  • Assistance in filing the correct documentation, motions, and administrative complaints with the appropriate state and federal agencies, such as the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), or the local court system.
  • A thorough independent investigation of the situation, including gathering all relevant evidence and testimony, to build a powerful legal strategy that supports your case.
  • Highly effective representation in alternative dispute resolution settings, such as mediation, arbitration, and negotiations–as well as in traditional litigation scenarios. Diverse skill sets ensure your voice is heard and your concerns are fully addressed, both inside the courtroom and beyond.


Q: How Much Do Employment Lawyers Charge in California?

A: Just like other types of legal representation, the cost of hiring your own employment law attorney in Southern California is going to vary based on a combination of factors, such as:

  • The nature of your case and its overall complexity
  • Current market conditions for legal services in your city
  • Your attorney’s fee structure and billing policies
  • The quality and reputation of your chosen attorney

Be sure to use the initial consultation process as a way to get a feel for the financial implications of working with a potential attorney.

Q: What Is the Employee Protection Law in California?

A: Working people in California enjoy a range of state and federal protections in the workplace. The State of California has some of the most robust employee protection laws in the nation, designed to safeguard workers’ rights as they do the crucial work that forms the backbone of our state’s vibrant economy. These laws and regulations cover various aspects of employment, including, but not limited to, wages, hours, discrimination, harassment, employer retaliation, and whistleblower scenarios.

Q: What Rights Do Workers Have In California?

A: In California, workers have many rights in the employee-employer relationship. Some of the most important include:

  1. The right to receive a minimum wage of at least $16 for each hour worked–or even higher in some Southern California jurisdictions, depending on local laws.
  2. The right to overtime pay for any shifts worked in excess of 8 hours, any weekly workload in excess of 40 hours, or any schedule with more than six consecutive days of work.
  3. The right to do your job without facing discrimination and harassment.

Q: What Is Your Boss Not Allowed to Do?

A: The full answer to this question would be too expansive to address here in a way that is both specific and comprehensive. Your boss is not allowed to engage in discriminatory workplace practices, harass you or other employees, retaliate against you for exercising your rights, or violate any established state or federal regulations related to your employment. If you believe your employer has acted unlawfully or violated your rights, please contact Theory Law APC at your earliest convenience.

Theory Law APC - Riverside, California’s Premiere Employment Law Firm

If you need help addressing illegal actions taken against you by an employer or former employer, the employment team at Theory Law APC is available to help. No matter how large your employer is or how complex your scenario may be, Theory Law APC has powerful legal solutions in our toolkit.

When you’re ready to fight back against abusive employment practices, we’ve got your back. Our team offers compassionate, confidential, and pressure-free consultations to those searching for an employment attorney. Together, we can hold California employers accountable for their mistreatment of employees and can often do so in the form of a substantial settlement for the workers who have been wronged.

How Can Theory Law Help You?

If you need help regarding a legal matter and would like to discuss it with an attorney, please call (310) 500-0206 or complete and submit the e-mail form below, and the attorney will contact you.

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