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Our Los Angeles Employment Lawyers are Passionate Advocates for Employee Rights

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You work hard and deserve to be treated fairly in the workplace. A Los Angeles employment lawyer can help if you’re worried about a workplace situation affecting your employee rights.

Employers can obtain guidance from trained professionals in dealing with workplace issues. Typically, the same is not true for:

  • Salaried employees
  • Hourly employees
  • Commissioned employees
  • Contract workers
  • Temporary workers
  • Union workers

Attorneys for Employees, a boutique employment law firm, dedicates itself to protecting the rights of workers—individuals just like you!

Your Rights. Your Power. Understanding California’s Employment Landscape.

Both federal and California state laws govern employment matters, many of which overlap. It is crucial to Understand California’s Employment Landscape so that employees can assert their rights effectively.

Key California Employment Laws

Two of the most important employment laws in California are the following:  

  1. The California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). This statute protects workers and employees against all forms of discrimination from the hiring process all the way through termination or resignation.  
  2. The California Family Rights Act (CFRA). The CFRA provides workers with up to 12 weeks of job-protected leave if they are unable to work due to a medical condition or if they need to take care of a member of their family. 

Protections and Remedies

Both of these statutes provide a wealth of protections to employees. If your employer violates one of these statutes or another California employment statute, you may be entitled to a variety of remedies including backpay, future pay, attorney’s fees, court costs, interest, and other monetary penalties as well as equitable remedies such as reinstatement. 

While federal law provides many of the same protections and remedies, California law typically provides broader coverage. For example, the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) applies only to private sector employers with 50 or more employees. The CFRA applies to private-sector employers with only five or more employees. Another example is that federal anti-discrimination laws apply to employers with 15 or more employees while FEHA applies to employers with as few as five employees. CFRA applies to domestic partnerships whereas federal law does not. FEHA allows for unlimited compensatory and punitive damages in discrimination cases, but federal law does not. That said, there may be instances where you should pursue your claim under federal law. 

Understanding the differences between federal and California state law, including when one applies and the other does not, is critical to the success of your case. For this reason, you need to speak with a Los Angeles employment lawyer if you believe your employer has violated your rights. 

An Employment Attorney Providing Comprehensive Representation for Employees

At Attorneys for Employees, we have built our practice to provide full-service employee-focused representation.

  • Guidance. Clients often come to us with questions about their legal rights or obligations concerning their current employment situation. We can listen to your story and your concerns and then provide you with a legal strategy for managing the challenges you face. 
  • Advocacy. Whether inside or outside the courtroom, working with an employment lawyer from Attorneys for Employees means that you have someone on your side 100% committed to what is best for you. Whether we are in court or negotiating an employment agreement, we are fierce advocates for our clients focused on delivering the best possible results. 
  • Litigation. Unfortunately, disputes are sometimes unavoidable. We are always prepared to file suit to protect a client’s rights, whether it is a wage violation or they have been discriminated against. We also vigorously defend workers who have been sued by their employers for breach of contract and similar claims. 

Under those three umbrellas, we provide representation to employees in the following specific matters: 

Whatever your issue may be, we can help. A Los Angeles employment attorney from Attorneys for Employees can help you get control of the situation you are facing and find a way forward. 

Learn how we can help you today.

Practice Areas

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Los Angeles Employment Lawyer for Personal Assistants

Personal assistants in the entertainment and related industries have unique careers that present complex challenges. However, many do not realize that they are afforded many of the same legal protections as other workers. If you have questions about your rights under federal and state law, a Los Angeles employment lawyer for personal assistants can provide you with the answers you need.

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Los Angeles Employment Attorney for Models

Modeling is an industry that is notorious for taking advantage of its members. Because of the unique relationship between the model, the agency, and their employers, there are many legal issues that you would not normally encounter in the typical employer-employee relationship.

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Los Angeles Employment Lawyer for Actors

California, and the Greater Los Angeles Area in particular, is home to our nation’s massive entertainment industry. It employs hundreds of thousands of people, most notably actors. And while most people think only of those actors who are most famous, they do not realize that most of the actors in the entertainment industry face the same challenges as any other worker. 

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Employment Attorney for Gamers

Esports is one of the fastest-growing entertainment industries, with millions of fans around the globe. For gamers, this seems like a dream come true – they are getting paid to do something they love. But with revenues of over $1 billion, it was only a matter of time before gamers began to encounter significant labor and employment issues.

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Unfair treatment or discrimination in the workplace based on sex, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, marital status, and other protected classes is illegal in California and under federal law.

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Wage Disputes & Unpaid Wages

Wage and Hour Disputes are the most common form of employment litigation in the United States. You may be eligible for compensation if you were not provided with what you are legally entitled to under the law.


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Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment in the workplace is alarmingly common. It’s important to speak to a lawyer about your rights whether you are a full-time or part-time employee.

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Wrongful Termination

No matter the reason, losing your job is traumatic. You may have been wrongfully terminated if you lost your job for any reason that is illegal.

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Workplace harassment is a serious legal issue for employees. In California, any harassment based on a person’s sex, sexual orientation, skin color, race, religious beliefs, and other protected classes is illegal.

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Medical Leave & Reasonable Accommodation

Eligible employees have the right to unpaid leave without losing their job under the FMLA. Employers must also provide reasonable accommodations in the workplace for employees with physical or mental disabilities. 

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Whistleblower & Other Retaliation

It is a brave act to blow the whistle on your employer’s misconduct, such as waste of funds, fraud, abuse, illegal conduct, and dangers to public health and safety. As a result, you may experience whistleblower retaliation including possible termination. Your rights are protected under California and federal law. 


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Employment Contracts

If you are being asked to sign an employment contract (or if you are dealing with a contract-related dispute), you should discuss your options with a Los Angeles employment contract attorney.

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Executive Employment Contracts

At Attorneys for Employees, we bring decades of experience to advising and representing executives during contract negotiations; and, if you’ve been offered a contract, a Los Angeles executive employment attorney at our office can guide you forward.

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Breach of Contract

An employer may breach a contract by, for example, failing to pay wages or denying benefits. If your employer broke any terms of an employment agreement, you may be able to recover damages, including lost pay, or other damages.

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Severance Agreements

Securing severance pay is primarily based on negotiation as it is not required by law in California. We can help negotiate compensation and other considerations before you sign your agreement.

What We Want You, A Hardworking Employee, To Know

We Work Hard for You.

As your potential attorney, we want to empower you to feel supported during this challenging time. We understand the immense stress and difficulties that can arise when you are not being paid correctly, experiencing harassment or unfair treatment, or experiencing discrimination in the workplace. 

If you’re here, you are not alone in this fight. Attorneys for Employees is dedicated to representing hard-working people who have faced unfair treatment and want to change their situation. Every day we witness the negative impact a struggle at work can have on individuals and their livelihoods. We’re here to listen, understand, and advocate on your behalf.

We Can Take You From Doubt to Triumph

Confronting your employer can be – generally is – a daunting prospect. It’s natural to feel hesitant – you’re likely worried about the potential repercussions or the fear of losing your job and how that can uproot your life. We recognize and respect the gravity of your situation. We get it – the stress, the worry, the anger. As your legal counsel, we aim to protect your rights, demand that you are treated fairly, and ensure you are seen and heard. 

When you hire our law firm, you are not just seeking legal representation; you are gaining a partner who will stand by you every step of the way. Our experienced team of attorneys focuses in employment law. That means we have the knowledge, resources, and determination to fight for your best interests. We investigate your case, gather evidence, and build a strong legal strategy.

Our difference makers strive to create a supportive and nurturing environment for every employee. We genuinely care about your well-being and are here to provide guidance, answer your questions, and address your concerns – we know you have them! Your voice matters, and we want to ensure that it’s heard. Together, we can navigate the legal process and work toward a resolution that protects your rights and future.

Your Claim Helps the Greater Good

Remember, taking action can have a ripple effect beyond your circumstances. By standing up against unfair treatment, you not only seek justice for yourself but also help to foster a workplace environment that respects and values the rights of all employees. Your courage and determination can inspire others to come forward and end these unjust practices.

The First Step is Empowering

We encourage you to take the first step toward reclaiming your rights by scheduling a confidential consultation with a Los Angeles employment lawyer. During this meeting, we will discuss the details of your case, address your concerns, and outline the legal options available to you. 

Not sure if you need a lawyer? Doubting whether your employer broke the law? Please don’t hesitate to contact us to determine if you have an employment law case. We’re here to assist you and look forward to the opportunity to help you reclaim your rights and restore your peace of mind.

Learn how we can help you today.


“Gerald Sauer and Sonya Goodwin helped to resolve my wrongful termination/discrimination dispute with my former employer. Having worked so hard for many years as a C-suite corporate executive, it was difficult to acknowledge that I was being treated unfairly and was a victim of discrimination. Gerald and Sonya held my hand through the entire process and gave me the confidence to stand up for myself. They were top notch and very skilled in developing legal strategies, and they were extremely patient. They fought for me every step of the way and put my interests first. After multiple mediation sessions, they guided me to a fair and equitable resolution with my former employer.  I highly recommend them! ”

Anonymous, C-Level Executive

“I highly recommend Gerald and Sonya to represent employees.  In my case, they knew and explained the law, assessed all of the pros and cons involving my situation and guided me to a favorable resolution.  I was impressed by their tenacity in continuing to negotiate a settlement after a full-day mediation had failed to result in a settlement.  The bottom-line is that they care about their clients and do their utmost to passionately represent their interests.”

Kevin, Former Vice President, Footwear Company