Updated on September 8th, 2023

Employment Attorney

Los Angeles, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino

Brad Nakase, Attorney

Email  |  Tel 800-484-4610

Hello! I’m Brad Nakase, a employment lawyer in California. I am a boutique law office that focus quality of my services by accepting a limited number of clients. How do you know if I am the right lawyer to fight and protect your interests? I invite you to read the 80+ near perfect 5 Stars Google Reviews and decide if I’m right for you.

Employment attorney Brad Nakase will give you free consultation relating to:

  • Age discrimination
  • Denial of FMLA
  • Disability Discrimination
  • Discrimination
  • LGBTQ Discrimination
  • Lunch break violations
  • Rest Break violations
  • Sexual harassment
  • Salary misclassification
  • Unlawful deductions
  • Unpaid commissions
  • Unpaid earnings
  • Unpaid or late wages
  • Unpaid Overtime
  • Wage and hour disputes
  • Workplace Harassment
  • Wrongful termination

Should I hire an employment lawyer?

When you believe your employer has not properly paid you, you should hire an employment lawyer. If your employer discriminated against you on the bases of race, religion, national origin, or gender – hire an employment lawyer to protect your interests. Our attorney for workers provides free consultation to file a complaint against your employer and our services require no upfront money. However, you may read our article on how file a complaint with the California Labor Commissioner for unpaid wages.

How do I choose an employment lawyer?

Six tips to avoid a lame employment lawyer are:

  • Interview the potential employment attorney in your city. When you create a list of five top employment attorneys, meet with each of the lawyers. Ask a lot of questions!

  • The employment lawyer you meet must have experience handling cases similar to yours. California labor law is a big subject involving a vast number of legal areas. Don’t hire hungry attorneys who are desperate for work by meddling in employment issues that are not within their expertise. Hungry employment lawyers are hungry for bad reasons.

  • Know your rights as an employee. Visit our California labor laws page for answers to the most frequently asked questions.

  • Ensure you understand your payment agreement with the employment lawyer. If you don’t understand the lawyer’s fee, run out the door!

Where to file Discrimination Complaint in California

When you’re facing harassment and discrimination, you need to file with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) or the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The two governmental agencies have dinstinct rules and deadlines for filing. Generally with many exceptions, the DFEH complaint must occur within 1 year of the date you were harmed. The EEOC mandates that the discrimination complaint must be within 300 days. There are many deadlines to file a lawsuit depending on the issues and harm. It is therefore critical to promptly contact a California employment attorney to find out what action you need to take.

Free Legal Consultation with a Employment Lawyer

Please contact a dedicated employment law attorney in California for free legal advice about your employee rights. Brad Nakase is a labor attorney who has helped employees fight back and win. 

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Counties we serve:

Employment Lawyer Los Angeles

San Bernardino County

Riverside County

San Diego County

What Is A Hostile Work Environment?

The law defines an unlawful hostile work environment to mean when a superior or coworker communication or behavior that is offensive, intimating, or discriminate on the basis of gender, religion, race, ethnicity, etc.

Can you take unpaid time off in California?

There is no legal requirement in California that an employer provide its employees with either paid or unpaid vacation time. However, the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) gives eligible employees the right to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave per year.

DFEH Right to Sue

To file a lawsuit for discrimination, you must file a complaint with DFEH and obtain a Right-to-Sue notice.

Is It Illegal To Not Pay Overtime?

Yes, it is illegal for employer to not pay overtime because California law requires that employers pay overtime, whether authorized or not.

What Is Rate Pay Meaning?

The meaning of pay rate is the average hourly rate an employee is paid calculated by dividing the total pay for employment in a work week by the total number of hours actually worked.

California Break Laws

Under California law, non-exempt workers are entitled to two paid 10-minute rest breaks and one unpaid meal break during their eight-hour shift. 

Not Getting Paid for Work I Have Done

Workers who have not been paid for work have the right to file a claim with the federal and state Department of Labor for unpaid wages.

California Overtime Law

Under California overtime law, an employee who works over eight hours a day or over forty hours per week is entitled to overtime pay at one and one-half times the regular rate of pay.

Who is exempt from overtime pay?

As of 2023, to be exempt from overtime pay, any employees who are paid at least $62,400 per year and work are primarily professional, executive, creative, managerial, or intellectual and require the exercise of independent judgment.

Can Previous Employers Talk Bad About You?

There are no state or federal laws prohibiting what a previous employer can or cannot say about a former employee. However, previous employers are not permitted to make up lies to damage your reputation and make it difficult for you to get another job.

Can An Employer Cut Your Pay as Punishment?

Employers cannot cut hours to retaliate against employees. Cutting the hours of an employee should never be used as discipline or in an attempt to make an employee quit. 

California Random Drug Testing Law

Random drug testing is not permitted in California, and employers must give their employees notice before a drug test is given.

What happens if you get caught working under the table?

Generally, it is not illegal for your employer to pay you in cash. However, if the employer paid you under the table and did not report your earnings, you may be entitled to money damages under California Labor Code 226.

ADA Proof of Disability

An employer has no right to ask an employee to provide proof of disability unless the employee requests a reasonable accommodation and the employer does not believe disability exists.

FMLA Retaliation and Wrongful Discharge

An employer is prohibited from retaliating, interfering with, restraining, or denying an employee’s exercise of any FMLA right. If an employer wrongfully terminates an employee for FLMA taking medical leave, the worker could have a lawsuit against the employer.

Per Diem Employee Rights

A per diem employee is a worker who work on an as needed basis. A per diem employee does not have a regular schedule or shift but instead works hours as assigned.

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