It can be very stressful when California employees are treated unfairly at their places of employment. This is especially true when a worker’s financial stability is affected. It is not always easy to decide to sue an employer, though professional help is available to deal with these challenging issues effectively. All employers have a duty to treat their workers fairly under the law.
A woman in another state is challenging her former employer for the second time. She was apparently appointed as an investigator for the Human Rights Commission in Aug. 2013. After her employment was terminated in March 2014, she is said to have challenged the HRC’s decision to fire her and was reinstated to her previous position. At the same time, she was also awarded back pay for the time she was unemployed.
However, by the time she filed the current lawsuit on Sept. 18, she had not been contacted by the HRC, nor had she received any payment. She seeks over $33,000 in damages. She also claims three times liquidated damages, statutory interest on amounts that are unpaid and legal fees.
California employers can be held accountable when they have violated employment law. Retaining the services of an experienced labor law attorney is typically the best place to start in seeking to enforce one’s legal rights. A lawyer can analyze the allegations and present options for resolution. Some cases can be resolved through negotiation outside of the courtroom, while others are best handled through litigation. An attorney can help to determine the best approach moving forward.
Source: wvrecord.com, “Human Rights Commission employee sues for thousands of dollars in back pay”, Kari Valence, Nov. 20, 2015