California has passed comprehensive legislation to protect workers from many forms of on-the-job discrimination. Employees deserve to work in environments where they will not be subject to discrimination and harassment based on race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, genetic makeup, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, or military or veteran status.
Many employers, however, tolerate or even encourage such unlawful behavior. When this happens, employees need an experienced California employment law attorney to guide them through their various legal options for putting a stop to discriminatory acts.
As a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) with more than 14 years in the field, San Luis Obispo employment law attorney Lisa R. Sahli has attained a skilled understanding of the most effective strategies for compelling employers to comply with anti-discrimination laws. In her years of experience, she has also gained an appreciation of the severe toll that harassment, false discipline and other forms of discrimination can inflict on employees who want nothing more than to do their jobs well. It is to these individuals that she has committed her legal practice.
California Workplace Discrimination Attorney
It is an unfortunate reality that discrimination continues to plague many workplaces. Employees — many to their shock — find themselves targeted for discrimination on the basis of their age, race, gender, disability or for other reasons. The surprise that workers experience when they are disciplined or even fired for no reason other than bias leaves many confused about their legal options.
In her practice, Ms. Sahli helps employees who have experienced discrimination confront their employers in the hope that the unlawful behavior will cease. In cases where clients have been fired and wish to return to work, she can pursue reinstatement. When employers refuse to comply with anti-discrimination laws, she works with her clients to file formal complaints. While she always strives to resolve her clients' issues expediently, Ms. Sahli is prepared to go to court to secure them any compensation to which they are entitled.
Ending Sexual Harassment In The Workplace
Some employees may find themselves on the receiving end of unwelcome sexual advances or remarks from employers, supervisors or co-workers. This conduct, and other unwanted sexual attention unfairly preys upon the unique vulnerabilities of workers, and may produce severe anxiety and distress or even render it impossible for the employee to perform his or her job functions. When this occurs, a worker's first line of attack is to ask the employer to stop the unlawful conduct. However, employees who face resistance to, or disbelief of, their complaints need legal assistance to stop the unwelcome behavior. Ms. Sahli has experience in addressing sexual harassment with employers or, where necessary, seeking legal recourse to vindicate her clients' right to work in an environment free of sexual harassment.
Protecting Your Wage And Hour Claims
Employers must compensate workers for all work performed on a timely basis. State and Federal laws impose specific requirements on employers to pay wages in a timely and accurate manner. Employers must properly classify employees, and must pay overtime to non-exempt workers for work in excess of eight hours per day or 40 hours per week. Employers who fail to follow these rules place employees and their families in financial distress, and prompt legal action is often needed to compel proper wage payments. Attorney Lisa R. Sahli assists employees who have not received proper and timely compensation to recover past-due wages. Should your matter require more stringent legal action, Ms. Sahli is experienced in litigating wage and hour matters to recover fair compensation in court.
Employer Compliance To Promote Better Work Environments
Ms. Sahli recognizes that many workplace conflicts, and even lawsuits, can be avoided by providing employers with instruction and guidance in employment discrimination laws and wage and hour requirements. She provides employer compliance and consulting services to assist companies in adopting policies and procedures to prevent unlawful behavior and minimize the risk of potentially costly lawsuits.
Contact Lisa R. Sahli, Attorney At Law
To schedule a consultation to evaluate your employment-related legal matter, send Lisa R. Sahli an email or call 805-250-0529. Her office is conveniently located in San Luis Obispo, and she represents clients throughout San Luis Obispo County and Santa Maria.