Steinberg Law aggressively represents its clients in all areas of wrongful terminations, including those situations where the termination is questionable or suspect, or where there have been terminations for such things as complaining about the unlawful or inappropriate conduct of a supervisor, complaining about wage and hour violation or other violations of law, or questioning a company’s involvement in unlawful, unfair or fraudulent business practices.
Harassment (sexual or otherwise)
With the recent #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, sexual harassment, as well as all types of harassment are at the forefront of businesses and professions. No longer do employees fear retaliation or feel that their complaints and experiences will be ignored. While these are important steps toward cleansing the workplace, lawsuits are typically necessary not only to change the work environment, but also, for employees to pursue significant damages against their employers, including punitive damages.
Due to the significance and high exposure of these type of lawsuits, Steinberg Law, with its experience in representing both employers and employees is hired to achieve the best result possible for its clients and empower them to get justice whether privately, confidentially or publicly.
Race, religion, gender, national origin, marital status, sexual preference and sexual identity are all sensitive issues in the workplace. If not addressed properly these issues can and will lead to significant legal consequences to an employer and subject employees not only to psychological and emotional trauma and distress, but also to unfair treatment in the workplace all of which can be extremely costly to a business for many reasons. Steinberg Law has provided decades of top tier legal representation to both employers and employees. Experienced with representing both sides of the workplace, Steinberg Law has a unique and focused understanding of all issues involved with employment discrimination which enables it to effectively represent and achieve exceptional results for its clients.
Individuals who report discrimination or harassment by their employers are often punished by their employers by demotion, reduction in pay or hours, or even termination. State and federal law protects employees who report, oppose or resist discrimination or harassment from retaliation in the workplace.
Steinberg Law has the experience, knowledge and skills to provide representation in these very complex lawsuits. This experience includes cases of retaliation due to reporting harassment, reporting discrimination, refusing to engage in illegal activity, being a whistleblower, firing due to reporting sexual harassers, complaining about discrimination based on their age, gender or disability or seeking medical accommodations like pregnancy, carpal tunnel, disabilities and ADHD.
An employer may be subject to a whistleblower lawsuit where that employer engages in unlawful or fraudulent conduct and an employee later reports this activity either to his or her supervisor or to administrative or law enforcement personnel. Examples of situations where whistleblower lawsuits come about include some of the following incidents:
- Failure to pay lawful wages
- Failure to pay taxes
- Fraudulent financial activity, records or accounting
- Fraud against vendors, clients, suppliers or customers
- Unlawful or criminal acts against company employees or those outside the company
- Concealing safety concerns or violations
- Overbilling or billing for services that were not performed
- Bribes or kickbacks
Since federal and state laws protect employees who report illegal activity, it is important to hire a law firm like Steinberg Law that is familiar and comfortable with both federal and state law and experienced to quickly and efficiently protect those who are involved in a whistleblower situation. This is critical as in some instances, the employer can be subject to criminal penalties, including jail and imprisonment.
Sexual harassment prevention and workplace training
Steinberg Law offers licensed training to employers and their employees on all areas of sexual harassment. In a number of States, including California, this training is legally required. This educational and informative training provides great insight into not only the rights of employees, but also the significant liability exposure to employers who do not comply with the law. Training can be provided in-house at the place of employment to better serve the needs of employers and employees.
Wage and hour
Mr. Steinberg has twice presented a wage and hour (overtime) case to the United States Supreme Court. Taking this case from its filing though the Federal Courts and then to the United States Supreme Court, the United States Department of Labor, the United States Justice Department and the United States Solicitor General each joined and worked with Mr. Steinberg to address significant wage and hour and overtime laws under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Certain members of Congress also joined in this crusade. Mr. Steinberg was nationally applauded for his tenacity and dedication to these important issues.
Whether it be unpaid wages, overtime wages, missed meal breaks or rest periods or other wage violations, Steinberg Law has the expertise and experience in representing clients through the entire process of employee complaints to their supervisors and bosses, administrative complaints to the Labor Board and both State and Federal lawsuits. This representation has resulted in numerous successful outcomes for clients.
Private attorney general act claims / class actions
Workplace violations often snowball into representative or class actions. These type of representative actions can take the form of an employee pursuing an action against an employer as a Private Attorney General or an employee or group of employees joining together to present a class or representative action. These type of “strength in numbers” cases can cripple an employer, franchise or brand. Therefore, it is imperative to have the power and strength by your side in these “bet the business” type of lawsuits. Steinberg Law has this power and strength.
Warn act violations
Mass firings or terminations oftentimes occur in large businesses and industries. Whether there is a legitimate business need for these firings and terminations or whether these firings and terminations were wrongful and in violation of law, because of the exposure and large damage claims associated with these type of actions, prompt and effective legal representation is necessary. Steinberg Law has the experience and knowledge to properly navigate its clients through these difficult lawsuits.
Most businesses fail to recognize the importance and need for employment agreements to set forth the rules, regulations, standards and practices for the workplace. Without a full set of these type of agreements, an employer is oftentimes left vulnerable to significant workplace violations and employee damage claims. It is for this reason that Steinberg Law has prepared, negotiated and attacked most varieties of employment agreements.
This experience includes agreements such as:
- Employee Handbooks
- New Hire Packages
- Confidentiality Agreements
- Anti-Harassment and Anti-Discrimination Policies
- Separation and Severance Agreements
- Letters of Intent and Memorandum of Understanding
- Salary and Benefits packages
- Employee Audits