San Diego Employment Attorneys

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Looking for expert legal assistance for workplace issues in San Diego? Our skilled team of employment attorneys in San Diego is here to help. Specializing in a wide range of employment law cases, including wrongful termination, workplace discrimination, harassment, and wage disputes, we provide personalized and effective legal solutions. Trust our experienced employment lawyers in San Diego to protect your rights and ensure fair treatment. Contact us today for a consultation and take the first step towards resolving your employment law challenges. Find an employment attorney San Diego near you and rely on our employment lawyer San Diego expertise.


Experienced San Diego Employment Attorneys Fighting for Workers in All Industry Sectors

San Diego employees in California have protections. They have numerous rights that they enjoy and can assert – due to federal, California, and local laws. These rights include freedom from numerous types of workplace discrimination, sexual harassment, wage and hour, and more. There are pay and benefit rights. San Diego workers have the right to hold employers accountable for sexual harassment in the workplace. Employers generally can’t terminate workers because of their identity or because workers assert their legal or contractual rights.

At Miracle Mile Law Group, our San Diego employment attorneys hold employers liable when they fail to comply with the laws. We file lawsuits in federal and state courts. We file complaints before federal and California employment agencies. We demand job reinstatement when employers wrongfully fire you. We demand all the compensation the laws permit including – lost pay and benefits, the right to reasonable accommodations, the right not to work in a hostile work environment, overtime pay, minimum wages, rest breaks, and other benefits. We only represent employees – not employers.

Some of the many kinds of San Diego employment law cases we file for workers include the following:

  • Workplace Sexual Harassment
  • Disability Discrimination
  • Discrimination Based on Sex, Origin, or other protected rights
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Wage and Hour Claims
  • Class Action Employment Claims
  • Whistleblower and Retaliation Claims
  • Pregnancy Discrimination
  • General employment law matters for San Diego employees

Wrongful termination of San Diego employees

San Diego has two types of protections from being wrongfully terminated:

Employees who have a written contract can only be discharged if they breach the terms of the contract. Most managers, supervisors, executives, and employees with unique skills have written contracts. Most other employees only have oral contracts which generally give the employer the right to fire an employer without cause.

The second protection is that even though employers can fire a non-managerial employee for almost any reason – there are federal and state laws that limit what the employer can do. These laws protect San Diego employees from wrongful termination due to:

  • Discrimination because of their race, national origin, gender, age, disability, or other identity contracts.
  • Retaliation against an employee who files any type of employee rights claim (such as a whistleblower claim or a sexual harassment claim), fulfilling a legal duty such as jury duty, agreeing to testify on behalf of another employee, or the assertion of other legal rights.
  • Not providing reasonable accommodations for an employee who has a disability and then claiming the employee didn’t do his/her job.
  • Violations of the California WARN Act

If a worker creates a hostile work environment that pressures an employee to resign, a San Diego employee can also file a wrongful termination lawsuit.


San Diego workplace discrimination

Federal and state laws protect employees from discrimination based on their:

  • Race or ethnicity
  • A physical or mental disability
  • National origin
  • Age (if 40 or older)
  • Sex
  • Gender
  • Sexual orientation
  • Pregnancy
  • Religion

Most claims begin before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or the California Department of Fair Housing and Employment. If the claim can’t be resolved, then we file discrimination lawsuits in federal or San Diego courts.

San Diego employers who are covered by the laws cannot discriminate in:

  • Hiring
  • Firing
  • Promotions
  • Opportunities to advance within the company
  • Many other workplace conditions

If you experienced any of the following instances above, it is best to speak to our local San Diego employment attorneys today. Your consultation with our firm is free and always confidential.

San Diego wage, hour, sick leave, and retaliation rights

Effective January 1, 2021, all employers in San Diego (regardless of the number of employees) must pay their employees at least $14 an hour. San Diego must provide sick pay which accrues at one hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked – up to a maximum of 80 hours. Sick leave should be carried over on a yearly basis. Employers in San Diego cannot retaliate against an employee who asserts his/her right to a minimum wage and sick leave.

The California labor code requires that employers pay non-exempt employees overtime at time-and-a-half and provide regular rest breaks. If employers fail to comply with these laws, they can be ordered to pay the lost pay and benefits – and to pay statutory damages.

Our San Diego employment attorneys file wage, sick leave, and overtime claims for employees and independent contractors who should be considered as employees.

Can you file a workplace harassment lawsuit in San Diego?

The California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) is a state law the protects employees in many ways including providing protections from sexual harassment and the creation of a hostile work environment. Everyone who works for an employer has the right to expect they will be treated with dignity at work. Employers should never condition work promotions or opportunities on sexual conduct. Workers should expect that employers, managers, other workers, clients, and customers won’t make the employee feel uncomfortable because of his/her gender, sexual identity or sexual preferences. Making propositions at work, making disparaging remarks, posting sexual content online, and many other types of sexual misconduct likely constitute sexual harassment or create a hostile work environment.

The FEHA also applies to harassment based on other identity factors such as your race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, a disability, or age, sexual orientation, or gender identity. At Miracle Mile Law Group, our San Diego harassment lawyers file complaints before the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) and in the appropriate courts.

The rights of San Diego employees to family and medical leave

Both the federal government and California provide rights for San Diego employees – to take unpaid leave for family and healthcare reasons – such as welcoming a new child into your family.

The applicable laws include:

  • The California Family Rights Act (CFRA)
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • The California Pregnancy Disability Leave law

There are time requirements in order to be eligible to assert the rights to leave. The laws generally require that employees work a significant number of hours before they can ask for a leave of absence. The leave, generally up to 12 weeks, can be spread out during the year. Generally, only bigger employers are covered.

California has many other employee rights laws that pertain to voting, leave for substance abuse treatment, court hearings, and other issues.

Employees who violate these leave laws by firing an employee can be required to reinstate the employee and pay the San Diego employee all his/her lost pay and benefits.

Other San Diego employee rights

Some of the other rights our San Diego employment lawyers help to protect include the right to:

  • Severance pay – based on an employment contract or collective bargaining contract
  • Privacy including some protection against background checks until the employee is given a fair chance at the job
  • Retirement benefits
  • Work with competitors after you leave a job or are terminated
  • Use the intellectual property of the employer – under certain conditions

Immigrants also have some employee rights in California.

At Miracle Mile Law Group, we explain your rights. We help you prepare your case by obtaining the necessary evidence (such as letters, job performance reviews, and company emails) from your employer on your own and through our complete investigative and discovery process. We demand compensation for all the damages you’re due including job reinstatement. We pursue all the remedies the law permits. To discuss your San Diego employee rights, please call us at (888) 244-0706 or contact us online for a FREE case evaluation.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) regarding San Fransisco employement law

What does an employment lawyer do?

An employment lawyer specializes in handling legal matters related to the workplace. This includes representing employees in cases of wrongful termination, workplace discrimination, harassment, wage and hour disputes, and retaliation. They also provide legal advice on employment contracts, workplace policies, and employee rights.

How do I find a good employment lawyer in San Diego?

To find a good employment lawyer in San Diego, you can:

  • Ask for recommendations from friends or colleagues.
  • Check online directories and review sites for Miracle Mile Law and other reputable firms.
  • Look for attorneys who specialize in employment law and have experience with cases similar to yours.
  • Schedule a consultation with Miracle Mile Law to discuss your case and gauge our expertise and compatibility.

What types of cases do employment lawyers handle?

Employment lawyers at Miracle Mile Law handle a wide range of cases, including:

  • Wrongful termination
  • Workplace discrimination
  • Sexual harassment
  • Wage and hour disputes
  • Retaliation and whistleblower claims
  • Breach of employment contracts
  • Employment benefits and compensation issues

How much does an employment lawyer cost in San Diego?

The cost of hiring an employment lawyer in San Diego can vary. At Miracle Mile Law, many of our employment lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, meaning we only get paid if you win your case. This fee structure eliminates the risks and costs of seeking legal representation, promoting access to justice for all.

What are my rights as an employee in California?

As an employee in California, you have several rights, including:

  • The right to a safe and healthy work environment
  • Protection against discrimination and harassment based on race, gender, religion, disability, and other protected characteristics
  • The right to fair wages and overtime pay
  • The right to take leave for medical and family reasons under the FMLA and CFRA
  • Protection against wrongful termination and retaliation for exercising your rights

Can I sue my employer for wrongful termination?

Yes, you can sue your employer for wrongful termination if you believe you were fired for illegal reasons, such as discrimination, retaliation, or breach of contract. It is important to gather evidence and consult with an employment lawyer at Miracle Mile Law who can help you determine the strength of your case and guide you through the legal process.

What is the process for filing an employment lawsuit?

The process for filing an employment lawsuit generally involves:

  • Consulting with an employment lawyer at Miracle Mile Law to evaluate your case
  • Filing a complaint with the appropriate government agency, such as the EEOC or California DFEH, if required
  • Participating in any necessary administrative processes, such as mediation or investigation
  • Filing a lawsuit in court if the administrative process does not resolve the issue
  • Engaging in discovery, settlement negotiations, and, if necessary, going to trial

How long do I have to file an employment claim in San Diego?

The time limit for filing an employment claim, also known as the statute of limitations, varies depending on the type of claim. For example:

  • Discrimination claims typically must be filed with the EEOC or DFEH within 300 days of the alleged discriminatory act.
  • Wage and hour claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) must be filed within two years, or three years for willful violations.
  • Wrongful termination claims under state law generally must be filed within two years.

What should I bring to my consultation with an employment attorney?

When meeting with an employment attorney at Miracle Mile Law, bring the following documents:

  • A copy of your employment contract or offer letter
  • Recent pay stubs and records of any disputed wages
  • Documentation of any disciplinary actions, performance reviews, or termination notices
  • Correspondence with your employer related to the issue
  • Any relevant emails, texts, or other communications
  • A written summary of the events leading to your legal issue

Can an employment lawyer help with discrimination cases?

Yes, an employment lawyer at Miracle Mile Law can help with discrimination cases by:

  • Evaluating the merits of your claim
  • Assisting with filing a complaint with the EEOC or DFEH
  • Gathering and presenting evidence to support your case
  • Representing you in negotiations, mediation, and court proceedings
  • Advising you on potential remedies, such as reinstatement, back pay, and damages for emotional distress

Areas We Service

Miracle Mile Law Group services all of California with attorneys
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  • California Statewide
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Our Satisfied Clients
Desiree Garcia-Solano
I cannot express enough gratitude for the legal representation provided by Caitlyn Handy during my wrongful termination and sexual harassment case. I was skeptical about entrusting someone with such a sensitive and personal situation which created tension on my end at the beginning, but Caitlyn was patient and earned my trust throughout the process. She was compassionate, understanding, and professional. Throughout the process, she advocated for me and was dedicated to seeking justice on my behalf. It was a slow and tiresome process but she /someone on her team was available to answer any concerns I had within reasonable timeframes. She validated my experiences and assured me that I was not alone. Her guidance and support were invaluable, especially during the more challenging moments of the proceedings. I also want to extend my appreciation to Brandon, the paralegal who worked behind the scenes. I am grateful for his contributions to the successful outcome of my case. I highly recommend Caitlyn and her team to anyone in need of legal representation for sexual harassment or any other employment-related matter. They are compassionate, skilled, and committed to advocating for their clients' best interests. I couldn't be happier with the results. Thank you, Caitlyn for treating my case with humanity and for helping me find the closure I needed!
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Areas We Serve in San Diego, CA

  • Downtown San Diego, CA: 92101
  • La Jolla, CA: 92037
  • Pacific Beach, CA: 92109
  • Ocean Beach, CA: 92107
  • Mission Valley, CA: 92108
  • Hillcrest, CA: 92103
  • North Park, CA: 92104
  • South Park, CA: 92102
  • Point Loma, CA: 92106
  • Clairemont, CA: 92117
  • University City, CA: 92122
  • Mira Mesa, CA: 92126
  • Scripps Ranch, CA: 92131
  • Rancho Bernardo, CA: 92128
  • Carmel Valley, CA: 92130
  • Del Mar, CA: 92014
  • Encinitas, CA: 92024
  • Carlsbad, CA: 92008
  • Escondido, CA: 92025
  • Poway, CA: 92064
  • Chula Vista, CA: 91910
  • Coronado, CA: 92118
  • San Marcos, CA: 92069
  • Vista, CA: 92083
  • El Cajon, CA: 92020
  • La Mesa, CA: 91942
  • Santee, CA: 92071
  • Lemon Grove, CA: 91945
  • National City, CA: 91950
  • Imperial Beach, CA: 91932
  • Encanto, CA: 92114
  • Rancho Penasquitos, CA: 92129

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Miracle Mile Law Group 11845 W. Olympic Blvd., Ste. 1040W Los Angeles, CA 90064

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