Workplace Disputes and Discrimination

Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation

California’s workplace laws prohibiting discrimination, harassment and retaliation continue to change, so choosing a law firm with talented attorneys is important. Reif Law Group, P.C. represents employers as well as employees, independent contractor and agents in discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination lawsuits and arbitrations.

We litigate actions alleging wrongful discharge, breach of contract, misclassification of individuals as independent contractors, trade secrets, confidentiality and non-compete agreements, workplace violence, negligent hiring and retention and discrimination based on age, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, disability/handicap, sexual orientation, marital status and veteran status. We also have experience litigating cases of libel, slander, defamation and any other matter that arises out of or relates to the workplace relationship.

RLG handles employment cases on an hourly, contingency fee or hourly/contingency mix to keep our fee structure flexible, depending on the situation.

Securities Industry Disputes

RLG’s attorneys have a deep understanding of the securities industry rules and norms and we represent securities industry entities and professionals in all types of disputes, arbitration and litigation. We handle member firm disputes, disputes between member firm and associated persons and disputes between associated persons. Please visit our Securities Litigation and Arbitration Disputes and Business Disruption Disputes links for additional information.

Whistleblower Claims

A whistleblower is someone within an organization who witnesses illegal activity and exposes it to the proper authorities. If you have firsthand knowledge of illegal activity at your private or public employer, RLG’s attorneys can help protect your rights as a whistleblower as you move through the legal process.
Federal law and California law protect persons against retaliation when engaging in whistleblower activities against an employer. Whistleblower retaliation occurs when an employer subjects an employee to negative treatment in the workplace for the employee’s reporting of illegal activity being committed by the employer. Illegal activity can be reported either to an outside agency or internally to someone who has the authority to correct the legal violation. Legal protections against retaliation include workers who report their employer wrongdoing, as well as workers who refuse to comply with their employers’ directives to break the law. If you have firsthand knowledge of fraud or wrongdoing involving private or public employers, your rights are protected under the law.

Possible retaliatory actions might include:

  • Termination of employment
  • Demotions or denial of promotions
  • Denial of pay increases
  • Negative performance evaluations
  • Decreasing work hours, salary or hourly wages
  • Workplace embarrassment, ridicule or harassment

We handle employment cases on an hourly, contingency fee or hourly/contingency mix to keep our fee structure flexible, depending on the situation.