Employment Law: Wrongful Termination, Discrimination, Harassment & Retaliation

We represent employees when their state and federal law rights in the workplace have been violated. This includes matters under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (Government Code 12900 et seq.) (FEHA), the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the California Labor Code, the California Family Rights Act (CFRA), Pregnancy Disability Leave (PDL), the Americans with Disabilities Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 - Equal Employment Opportunity.

The employees we represent have often suffered large damages, including past and future wages and benefits, and emotional distress. We are experts at using the law to assert punitive damages, which are sometimes available to punish a corporation for wilfully violating the rights of its employees. We are experienced lawyers and often square off against the largest corporations in the world.

We handle matters in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino Counties, the Bay Area, and throughout California.

If you need assistance, or want to know if you have a case, please feel free to call us any time to discuss your options.  Contact us toll free at 818-308-5945.

California Lawyers for Workplace Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation and Harassment

We provide legal service for a variety of issues and disputes that our clients may have against their employers, including:

Wrongful Termination

Although most employment in California is at-will, employers still cannot fire or terminate employees for unlawful reasons. Unlawful reasons include physical or mental disability, racial, religious, age, gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation discrimination, retaliation for sexual harassment, reports of health and safety complaints or illegal employer actions, whistleblower claims, unionizing and others. Some employees may have oral, written or implied contracts for employment, and employers must honor these contracts.

Sexual Harassment

When advances, comments, quid pro quo advances or requests for sexual acts occur in the workplace, the harassed employee should file a sexual harassment claim against his or her employer. Sexual harassment may be based on gender, gender orientation, transgender status and sexual orientation. It is important to report incidences of harassment and to speak with a lawyer as soon as possible. If you did not report the harassment, we understand that there are often valid reasons such as fear, intimidation and the need for continued employment.

We also represent clients in cases where hostile work environments have been created by employers.


Cases of discrimination happen often and for many different reasons. The law protects employees from unlawful discrimination in the workplace. Discrimination violates the law when it is because of:

Whistleblower/Qui Tam Claims

Employers cannot fire an employee for reporting or threatening to report the company for illegal acts such as Occupational, Health and Safety Violations ("OSHA" or "Cal-OSHA"), environmental law or tax law violations. Our firm represents clients in whistleblower and qui tam claims in California. We specialize in cases against non-profit companies guilty of financial misconduct, conflicts of interest and self-dealing.

Family and Medical Leave Act

The Family and Medical Leave Act, or FMLA, is a federal law that allows employees to take time off of work to care for a sick relative, spouse or child. Employees who are prevented from taking FMLA or not given their job back after an FMLA leave may have a claim against their employer. The California Family Rights Act, or CFRA, provides similar protections to employees.

Wage and Hour & Overtime Claims

When companies fail to pay their employees all wages that they are owed, or fail to pay those employees in a timely manner, they are liable for wage, hour and overtime claims. Companies may also misclassify employees as "exempt" to deprive workers of minimum wages or overtime pay.

We also represent clients in cases where meal and rest breaks are not adequately provided.

Severance Agreements

Our employment law attorneys provide negotiation and litigation services with respect to severance agreements. While most employment is at-will, employment contracts — including oral, written or implied employment contracts — may entitle an employee to severance benefits, and breaches of those contracts may require litigation to resolve.

Contact The Rutten Law Firm, APC, in Studio City, California

Speak with a lawyer about your employment law case by contacting us at The Rutten Law Firm, APC. Get the personalized legal service from an attorney that your case deserves. Call us toll free at 818-308-5945 to schedule an appointment for a free initial consultation with a California discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination and sexual harassment lawyer.