Small businesses, hospitals, schools, restaurants, and travel companies have been especially hard hit by the economic shut down and in many cases, have had no choice but to engage in mass layoffs. However, some larger, financially stable corporations in less affected industries are likely using the crisis as an excuse to cut payroll and purge groups of employees who otherwise would have brought legal action – such as older workers or workers who have made complaints about illegal practices.
Regardless of the time, discrimination in the workplace is not acceptable. If you feel that you were placed on a layoff list because of your age, race, sex, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy status, or due to being a “complainer,” we can help you determine if you have a lawsuit.
Even if you don’t feel that the action taken against you was discriminatory, you may need legal counsel to talk you through your options – beginning with filing for unemployment. We will also want to look at things like whether your employer complied with California’s WARN act in making layoffs and/or furloughs of its workforce. While Governor Newsom issued an executive order reducing the WARN act requirements in order to make an allowance for the unexpected nature of COVID-19, employers still must have complied with a technical list of steps that could have resulted in money that they owe you, if they didn’t.
For any of the above reasons, or even simply because you’d like to talk to counsel about your situation, feel free to fill out the contact box and I will get back to you to discuss. In addition, bookmark this page, as I plan to create COVID-19 related content that can hopefully be of use to employees as the situation continues to evolve. I hope to be able to be of some help to you as we all attempt to fight this virus and return to our old way of life.