Employment Law

The attorneys at Quintilone & Associates handle many different types of employment related matters for employees and employers. These include:

  • Age Discrimination –  California law prohibits an employer from discriminating against any employee because that employee is over forty years old.
  • Disability – California has passed laws in order to protect employees from being discriminated against because of a physical or mental disability.  The laws not only prohibit disability discrimination, but also require employers to make reasonable accommodations to permit disabled employees to perform a job’s essential functions.
  • Discrimination – An employer must treat all employees equally without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy and childbirth , sexual orientation, gender, marital status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic characteristics or veteran status.  Their are ambitious state and federal laws that impose the obligation on employers to treat employees equally in the hiring, terminating, promoting, disciplining, and all other aspects of employment, without regards to the employee’s protected characteristic.
  • Pregnancy – The law requires that employers treat pregnant women the same as other employees for all employment purposes, including benefits such as pregnancy disability and leave.
  • Retaliation – Retaliation occurs when an employee complains about unlawful activity the of the employer or an agent, supervisor or manager and the employee is subjected to “adverse employment action.” Such action can be a reprimand, demotion, loss of a benefit, change of schedule to an undesirable shift, assigning undesirable duties, demotion or termination.
  • Sexual Harassment – Sexual harassment is by far the most common form of workplace harassment. Under state and federal law, unlawful sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. An employer has the obligation to protect employees from unlawful sexual harassment by its employees, as well as by third parties such as vendors and customers.

We regularly defend and prosecute federal and state lawsuits alleging discrimination and harassment on the basis of all the above categories, including class action lawsuits. We also handle dozens of discrimination and harassment charges brought before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing. We also offer preventive advice and supervisory training in preventing discrimination and harassment claims. We have handled trials, opposed union organizing efforts, appearances, appellate filing and administrative hearings in federal and state courts and agencies including the DFEH, EEOC, DLSE, EDD, WCAB, UIAB and DOL.