Strong Advocates for California Employers
Edlin Gallagher Huie + Blum represents employers in all facets of employment and labor law. Our attorneys have extensive experience protecting the rights and financial interests of employers in disputes involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour disputes, wrongful termination, and much more. From Fortune 500 companies to small businesses and entrepreneurs, employers can rely on our experienced perspective and proven skills.
Trusted Advice and Focused Representation
Employment law disputes have the potential to damage the financial well-being and reputation of a business, resulting in disruption long after the case has been resolved. We approach every employment law issue with the goal of minimizing our clients’ exposure to legal, financial, and collateral damages. We prepare every case for the possibility of trial while using our strong negotiation skills to find equitable solutions that are in our clients’ best interests. Our attorneys are well-versed in helping clients craft workplace policies that mitigate future claims. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure in employment law; you can rely on our firm to provide you with sound counsel about your rights and obligations as an employer so you can limit the potential for future litigation.
Answering Your Employment Law Questions
As an employer, you know how disruptive and costly an employment law dispute can be for your business. Our experienced attorneys are here to answer your questions and help you mitigate conflicts. In the meantime, please see some answers to frequently asked questions that we receive from employers.
Can I fire an at-will employee in California?
Yes, in an at-will state like California, the law allows employers to fire employees for any lawful reason. However, you cannot fire someone for an unlawful reason, such as discrimination or retaliation.
What are unlawful reasons to fire an employee?
If you fire an employee for an unlawful reason, you may face a wrongful termination lawsuit. As an at-will state, you can fire someone for any reason except discrimination, retaliation, refusal to commit an illegal act, sexual harassment, and protected absences.
What is employee discrimination?
Discrimination in the workplace is defined as unfair treatment due to color, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or pregnancy. If you fire an employee for any reason that is considered discriminatory, you may face a wrongful termination or discrimination lawsuit.
Why do I need an employment law attorney?
As an employer, you know how nuanced managing staff can be. Working with an experienced employment law attorney can help protect you from liability and address issues early on to avoid costly litigation. From taking proactive measures like establishing clear workplace policies to avoid potential legal challenges to defending your rights as an employer when claims are filed, an experienced employment law team is an essential resource for your business.