The Cooper Law Firm is a premiere employment law firm representing Los Angeles employees who are victimized by employment discrimination and unpaid wages. We help employees fight against discrimination, sexual or racial harassment, misclassification as exempt employees or independent contractors, and the denial of overtime, meal breaks, rest benefits, and other benefits that are mandated by California or federal law.
From the Hollywood sign to Griffith Observatory, from Lakers games at the Staples Center to the beach at Santa Monica Pier, Los Angeles has some of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. Tourism sparks employment in a variety of industries, from hotels and restaurants to car rental agencies and retail stores.
Los Angeles County is also home to the movie and television industry. Tourists flock to the iconic Chinese Theater and the Walk of Fame. They tour Universal Studios or they attend a taping of their favorite television show at Warner Bros. People outside the industry might be surprised to learn that California employment laws often include special provisions that exempt certain members of the film industry, who must often work long hours without rest breaks and might eat at irregular intervals.
Tourism and media are only part of the Los Angeles employment picture. More than 200,000 Los Angeles residents are employed in business or finance. A similar number of employees work in the construction industry, while more than half a million are involved in manufacturing. The aerospace industry has long been a backbone of Los Angeles employment. With the nation’s largest port, the transportation industry is also a leading contributor of jobs in Los Angeles County.
Almost one million management level employees work in California. Some are highly paid but others are not. In Los Angeles, retail managers work for luxury retailers on Rodeo Drive and for large department stores like Neiman Marcus. Food service managers are employed by institutions like UCLA and for gourmet food stores like Bristol Farms. But most Los Angeles employers are not household names.
Other managerial and administrative workers work for construction companies, marketing firms, hospitals and clinics, real estate companies, and a host of other businesses. Many managers are classified as exempt, meaning they are paid a salary and are not entitled to overtime. Unfortunately, many are misclassified and are never paid the overtime to which they are entitled.
The Cooper Law Firm helps employees recover unpaid wages from their employers. We also represent employees who were denied employment benefits that federal or California law require employers to provide. Examples of wage claims include:
In many cases, a violation of a wage laws will affect not just our client, but many other employees of the same employer. In those cases, we may suggest that the claim proceed as a class action. If our client becomes the class representative, that client may be entitled to a greater share of the overall recovery while having the satisfaction of bringing justice to fellow employees who have been denied their earned wages.
Employment discrimination means treating an employee unfavorably because the employee belongs to a class of people who are protected by law. In California, those protected classes include:
Employment discrimination occurs when adverse decisions are based on any of those factors. Adverse decisions can include:
Harassment is another form of employment discrimination. Racial or sexual harassment, as well as harassment based on membership in any other protected class, can include:
Retaliation also violates employment discrimination laws. Any act that punishes an employee for asserting the right to be free from discrimination or harassment is unlawful retaliation. The same law protects employees who assist discrimination and harassment victims by helping them file or investigate claims, or by testifying on their behalf in official proceedings.
Victims of discrimination, harassment, and wage law violations turn to The Cooper Law Firm for assistance. We help victims recover appropriate remedies, including reinstatement, unpaid wages, and other compensation provided by law. If you believe you were the victim of an improper employment practice in California, contact the California employment attorneys at The Cooper Law Firm to obtain an evaluation of your case.