Case Results


Settlement—Disability and CFRA Discrimination/Retaliation


Judgment— Breach of Employment Contract/Unpaid Wages


Judgment after Jury Verdict and Bench Trial—Independent Contractor Misclassification


Settlement—Wage and Hour/PAGA Action on Behalf of Resident Managers


Settlement—Disability Discrimination and Failure to Accommodate Disability


Settlement—Individual Resident Manager Wage and Hour Action


Settlement—Wage and Hour Action Involving Resident Manager Couple


Settlement—Disability Discrimination/Retaliation


Settlement—Pregnancy Discrimination/Independent Contractor Misclassification


Settlement—Age/Disability Discrimination


Settlement—Age/Gender Discrimination/Retaliation


Settlement—Wage and Hour/PAGA Action on Behalf of Resident Managers

*Past case results do not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter. Every case is distinguishable by its own facts, application of law, and damages.

Employment Law Attorney

Protecting Employee Rights In The Workplace Throughout California

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At the Leichter Law Firm, APC, we can help. We understand that job-related problems are stressful. Our first concern is you. During our free, confidential initial consultation, we will listen to you, inform you of your legal rights, and provide options for your situation. We will work for you to obtain the best results possible.

Understanding the Employment Law in California

Welcome to the Leichter Law Firm

Welcome to Leichter Law Firm, APC, your premier employment law firm in Los Angeles, California. Our firm is dedicated to providing exceptional legal representation to employees in all aspects of employment law. Our attorney has extensive experience in handling a broad range of employment disputes, including discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, wage and hour violations, and retaliation claims.

We are a trusted source for experienced legal counsel in California employment law. Our dedicated attorney is experienced and committed to providing top-notch representation to employees facing workplace disputes and injustices. We understand the severity and complexity of employment and labor law in California. Our California employment lawyer provides a full range of legal services to help employees navigate the complexities of California employment law, from pre-litigation counseling to aggressive representation in court.

Protecting Employee Rights – Your Employment Matters

Our Employment Law Attorney in California is dedicated to helping employees protect their rights in the workplace. We understand the complex and evolving nature of California employment law, and we are committed to providing the highest quality legal services to our clients.

We apply our legal skills for the benefit of employees at all levels. No matter what your position, our experienced employment law firm is ready to discuss your employment law matter and explain how we can help. We defend employees’ rights and fight against employment discrimination and harassment based on race, age, gender, or sexual orientation. Our firm is also committed to protecting and defending retaliation cases and whistleblower employees who report their employer’s illegal actions and were then fired, demoted, or otherwise punished. In addition to wrongful termination cases, we handle issues involving wage and hour claims and employee classification, and independent contractors.

At Leichter Law Firm, we understand the impact that workplace disputes can have on employees and employers alike. That is why we are committed to resolving these disputes as quickly and efficiently as possible. Our attorney works closely with clients to understand their unique circumstances and develop customized solutions to meet their needs. Whether you are an employee who has been wrongfully terminated or you are suffering from a hostile work environment, we have the experience and resources to help.

When you come to our Los Angeles office, we will take the time to understand your concerns. We will explain your options and work to ensure that you understand the relative merits of selecting any course of action. After our first meeting, you will leave our office with a full explanation of your legal rights and possible options. During your case, we attempt to minimize your stress by keeping you informed of the status of your ongoing case. To that end, we are responsive to any questions and phone calls that you, as our client, may have.

Getting Results for Our Clients Throughout the State of California

In every employment law case, we apply our experience, knowledge, and skills to achieve timely, satisfactory resolutions. We negotiate with employers, file administrative claims, and undertake lawsuits with the goal of bringing about justice, reform, and compensation for wronged employees. Let us prove it to you.

Our California Employment Lawyer is extensively experienced in employment law and has a proven track record of success in representing employees in a variety of disputes, including wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, wage and hour violations, and more. We have the experience and knowledge to handle even the most complex cases, and we are committed to fighting for our clients’ rights.

Our Labor Lawyer Offers a Full Range of Legal Services

Our California Employment Law Attorney has extensive experience representing clients in a wide range of industries, including healthcare, technology, finance, entertainment, and more. We understand the unique challenges faced by employees in different industries, and we are dedicated to providing tailored solutions to meet our clients’ needs.

As Labor Lawyer in California, Aryeh Liechter understands the complexities of labor law and is committed to helping employees navigate the complexities of labor law in California. Leichter Law provides a full range of legal services to help employees with labor disputes, from pre-litigation counseling to aggressive representation in court.

Our Labor Lawyer Can Handle Every Aspect of Your Case

Our attorney will work with you on your case from the beginning to the very end. We are here to support you, as we know employment litigation can be overwhelming. As a leading employment law firm in Los Angeles, we are proud to offer a comprehensive range of legal services to meet the needs of our clients. Our practice areas include:

  • Employment Discrimination based on a legally protected category such as race, gender, or age. Our attorney is experienced in handling a wide range of discrimination claims, including those based on race, gender, age, disability, and national origin. We work diligently to ensure that our clients receive the compensation they deserve for the harm they have suffered.
  • Workplace Harassment, such as sexual harassment or a hostile work environment. We are dedicated to fighting against sexual harassment in the workplace. Our attorney has successfully represented clients in a variety of sexual harassment claims, including quid pro quo harassment, hostile work environment, and retaliation claims.
  • Employment Law Rights with claims relating to retaliation, whistleblower claims, family and medical leave, reasonable accommodations for disabilities, disability retaliation claims, overtime and wage disputes, rest and meal break violations, independent contractor claims, and contract disputes. Our attorney ha extensive experience in handling wage and hour disputes, including unpaid overtime, meal and rest break violations, and minimum wage violations. We work tirelessly to ensure that our clients receive the compensation they are owed. Retaliation in the workplace is illegal. If you have been retaliated against for reporting discrimination or harassment, our attorney can help you pursue the compensation you deserve.

While we handle individual claims, we also represent groups of people facing violations of their rights. It is unfortunately common that when an employer violates one employee’s rights, it is likely happening to other employees, as well. If you are seeking to bring a collective class action case, Leichter Law is ready for your case.

The Leichter Law Firm, APC California Employment Law Attorney Practice Areas

The employment law lawyer in California at the Leichter Law Firm, APC understands that many employees brush off workplace misconduct, or simply believe it will stop if it is ignored.

Other times, this unlawful behavior can be disguised by the perpetrator as a misunderstanding.

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The reality is, workplace misconduct is not only demeaning but also illegal. The California employment lawyer at the Leichter Law Firm, APC represents clients who have suffered workplace abuse in the following practice areas:

If you have been the target of unlawful treatment in the workplace, you do not have to face your employer on your own. Contact the California employment lawyer at the Leichter Law Firm, APC to discuss your legal options today.

Can I Pursue My Employer for Age Discrimination in California?

In California, employees 40 and older are protected from age discrimination by both state and federal laws.

The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission prohibits employers from engaging in adverse employment actions based on age.

If you work for a company with 20 or more employees, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 protects certain employees who are over 40 from discrimination based on age in hiring, promotion, discharge, compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment.

If you are over 40 and believe you are being discriminated against in any capacity for your age, contact the skilled California employment law attorney at the Leichter Law Firm, APC today to discuss your case during a free consultation.

Can I Pursue an Employer for Disability Discrimination in California?

When a qualified individual with a disability applies for a position or is already an employee of a California company is treated unfavorably because of his or her condition, it may be interpreted as disability discrimination.

An individual with a disability is legally described as a person who:

  • Has a physical or mental impairment that limits one or more major life activities
  • Has a record of such an impairment
  • Is regarded as having such an impairment

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Americans with Disabilities Act, California’s Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Rehabilitation Act all protect disabled workers on both state and federal levels.

If you believe you are being discriminated against or treated unfavorably because of a disability, contact the skilled California employment lawyer at the Leichter Law Firm, APC today to schedule a free consultation.

What State and Federal Laws Protect Pregnant Women in the Workplace?

Both state and federal laws require employers to give pregnant employees the same workplace accommodations provided to temporarily disabled employees, or to those who are on leave for health conditions.

Notable laws that protect pregnant workers include the:

If you believe you have been subjected to adverse treatment or discriminated against because of your pregnancy or childbirth, contact the skilled California employment law attorney at the Leichter Law Firm, APC today to discuss your circumstances during a free consultation.

Who Is Liable for Sexual Harassment in the Workplace?

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it illegal for all employers in California and throughout the U.S. to allow anyone to be sexually harassed at work, regardless of that person’s sex, gender, or sexual orientation.

Whether the sexual harassment was non-verbal, verbal, physical, or made through sexual requests or threats, or perpetrated by a male or female, multiple parties may be liable for the harmful conduct.

They may include:

  • Company owners
  • Supervisors or Managers
  • Employees
  • Vendors
  • Customers

You do not have to be subjected to sexual harassment at work. Not only is it physically, emotionally, and psychologically damaging it is illegal. Contact the skilled employment law lawyer at the Leichter Law Firm, APC today for help.

Can I Pursue My California Employer for Breach of Contract?

An employment contract may be oral or written, express, or implied, and is an enforceable agreement between the employer and employee and becomes controlling upon the employment relationship.

If the terms or conditions of the employment contract are breached, the employment law attorney at the Leichter Law Firm, APC will provide employees with the legal guidance they need to enforce the initial terms that were agreed upon.

Who is Considered an Independent Contractor in California?

The California Labor and Workforce Development Agency introduced an ABC test to help distinguish between employees and independent contractors.

The ABC test requires an individual to be labeled as an employee unless the hiring company can prove the worker:

  • Is free from the company’s direction or control while performing their duties
  • Performs work that is outside the usual course of the hiring entity’s business
  • Is routinely engaged in an independently established trade, occupation, or business of the same nature as the work performed

California employers may misclassify employees to avoid paying minimum wage or overtime pay, payroll taxes, workers’ compensation coverage, or health insurance. Independent contractors are also not afforded rest and meal breaks, medical leave, or paid time off.

Avoiding these expenses by misclassifying an employee as an independent contractor in California is not only unfair to those they hire, but it is also illegal.

If you believe your employer has misclassified your employment as an independent contractor, the California employment law lawyer at the Leichter Law Firm, APC wants to help you hold them liable for their unlawful categorization.

What Can I Do If My California Employer Is Not Keeping Accurate Residential Apartment Manager Records?

Based on the location of the California apartment complex the employee is managing, the city may have a higher wage requirement than California’s minimum wage, thereby requiring employers to comply with the city’s higher amount.

No matter how many workers the apartment complex employs, or where it is located, the employer is responsible for keeping accurate management records.

When they do not, there may be pay discrepancies, and fair employment opportunities may be violated.

If you believe your residential apartment manager employer is not paying the minimum wage or overtime pay requirement provided by law, he or she has the burden of proof to dispute your accounting.

Contact the California employment law attorney at the Leichter Law Firm, APC today to discuss your unique residential apartment manager legal needs today.

Attorney Aryeh Leichter Will Fight For You

Mr. Leichter was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He moved to New York for his undergraduate degree and law degree and returned to Los Angeles to pursue his passion for practicing employment law. The Leichter Firm was founded specifically to serve clients and provide direct benefits in their cases. Attorney Aryeh Leichter is who you want on your side when you are facing an employment law case.

Contact the Leichter Law Firm, APC Employment Law Lawyer in California

Aryeh Leichter, the Leichter Law Firm, APC founder, and employment law attorney in California, can help you pursue your employer for their unlawful behavior, starting with a free consultation by calling 818-915-6624 or contacting the firm online today.

Frequently Asked Questions For Employment Law In California

Under California labor laws, non-exempt employees are entitled to overtime pay at one and a half times their regular rate of pay for hours worked over 8 in a workday or 40 in a workweek. Additionally, employees are entitled to double their regular rate of pay for hours worked over 12 in a workday and for hours worked beyond 8 on the seventh consecutive workday in a workweek.

Retaliation against employees for reporting workplace misconduct is generally prohibited by law. In Los Angeles, as well as throughout California, the California Labor Code and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) provide protections against retaliation for employees who report or oppose illegal activities or workplace misconduct, such as discrimination, harassment, or other violations of labor laws. If you experience retaliation for reporting workplace misconduct, you may have legal remedies available to you.

In Los Angeles, as in the rest of California, employers generally have the right to require drug testing under certain circumstances. However, the specific rules and requirements for drug testing vary depending on factors such as the type of job, safety considerations, and the employer’s policies. Generally, pre-employment drug testing is more common than random or ongoing drug testing.

You would want to contact an employment lawyer if you have an issue with any of the following:

  • Wrongful termination or unfair dismissal
  • Workplace discrimination or harassment
  • Wage and hour disputes, such as unpaid wages, overtime violations, or misclassification
  • Employment contract review or negotiation
  • Retaliation for whistleblowing or reporting illegal activities
  • Violations of leave rights, such as Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) or California Family Rights Act (CFRA) rights
  • Severance package review or negotiation

Yes, there are laws in place to protect LGBTQ+ individuals in the workplace throughout California. The California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) prohibits discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. It also requires employers to provide equal employment opportunities and reasonable accommodations to LGBTQ+ employees.

You should review your employee contract to see if there was any violation. You will want to document any details that pertain to your termination – this includes emails, performance evaluations, and witness statements. After that you should contact a Los Angeles employment lawyer to help you understand the employment laws and help you file a complaint.

While independent contractors have fewer employment rights compared to employees, they still have legal protections in certain areas. For example, independent contractors are protected against discrimination and harassment based on protected characteristics, such as race, gender, religion, and others. They are also protected from retaliation for engaging in protected activities, such as reporting violations of the law.

Workplace discrimination refers to unfair treatment or unfavorable actions taken against an individual or a group of individuals based on their protected characteristics. In California, protected characteristics include race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, and military or veteran status.

You should first contact your former employer to ensure that there wasn’t an error. You will want to do this in an email to keep a paper trail of the conversation. If they still refuse to give you your final paycheck you will want to file a wage claim and contact an employment lawyer.

Being an at-will employment state means that, in general, either the employer or the employee can terminate the employment relationship at any time, for any lawful reason, or for no reason at all, without incurring liability.

As of January 1, 2023 the minimum wage for the state of California is $15.50 an hour. This is for both companies that have 26 or more employees and those with 25 or less.

California is an “at-will” employment state, which means that, in general, an employer can terminate an employee for any lawful reason or no reason at all, as long as it is not for a discriminatory or retaliatory purpose. However, there may be exceptions and limitations to at-will employment, such as certain contractual agreements, implied promises, or statutory protections.

California has robust anti-discrimination laws to protect employees from various forms of discrimination. The primary anti-discrimination law in California is the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). FEHA prohibits discrimination based on protected characteristics, including but not limited to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, and genetic information. FEHA applies to employers with five or more employees and covers various aspects of employment, including hiring, firing, promotion, compensation, and working conditions.

Generally, non-compete agreements in California are heavily restricted and may not be enforceable, with limited exceptions. California Business and Professions Code Section 16600 declares non-compete agreements as void and unenforceable, except in certain limited situations, such as in connection with the sale of a business or for certain categories of professionals.

California labor laws provide specific requirements for meal and rest breaks. In general, non-exempt employees (i.e., employees entitled to overtime pay) are entitled to a 30-minute unpaid meal break if they work for more than five hours in a workday. If an employee works more than ten hours in a workday, they are entitled to a second 30-minute unpaid meal break. Additionally, employees are entitled to paid rest breaks of at least 10 minutes for every four hours worked or major fraction thereof. Employers generally must provide these breaks, but there are certain exceptions and specific rules that apply.

Whether you were fired or if you quit your employer does have to pay out your vacation days or POT with your final paycheck.

The timeframe to file an employment-related claim in California depends on the specific claim and the agency or court where the claim is filed. For discrimination cases you typically have one year from the date of discrimination. Wage and hour claims you typically have three years to file.

Severance agreements are typically negotiable, and you have the right to negotiate the terms of the agreement with your employer. Severance agreements often include provisions related to severance pay, continuation of benefits, non-disclosure agreements, non-compete clauses, and more. You can negotiate various aspects of the agreement, such as the amount of severance pay, the duration of continued benefits, or the inclusion of certain provisions.

In California, employers have the right to monitor employee internet searches and emails under certain circumstances. While employees generally have an expectation of privacy in their personal communications, employers may monitor work-related communications and use of company resources, including company-provided email and internet access.

Generally, employers cannot make deductions from an employee’s paycheck unless authorized by law or with the employee’s written consent. The deductions required by law include taxes, court-ordered wage garnishments, and social security. It’s important to note that any authorized deductions must not bring the employee’s wages below the minimum wage or reduce the employee’s overtime compensation.

Meet the attorney

Aryeh Leichter, Esq. Attorney

Mr. Leichter is a native Californian, who attended New York universities for his undergraduate and graduate degrees. He earned his Bachelors’s Degree (Summa Cum Laude) in finance from Yeshiva University and his law degree from Fordham Law School.

Providing a Clear Understanding of Your Legal Rights and Options

Employment issues are extremely important in people’s lives. Getting a job, keeping a job, receiving a promotion, or negotiating a severance or retirement package are all significant events for any employee. When things go wrong, it can be a very stressful event affecting all facets of a person’s life. While a job is generally 40 hours out of anyone’s week, it has the ability to impact the rest of your time outside of that work week, as well. Whatever the issue, your employment situation strongly affects your family, your living situation, and your future plans.

Our Labor Law Attorney in California has experience representing clients in a wide range of industries and is dedicated to providing tailored solutions to meet clients’ needs. We understand the unique challenges faced by employees in different industries, and we are committed to fighting for their rights.

At Leichter Law Firm, APC, we are committed to providing exceptional legal representation to our clients. We understand that employment disputes can be stressful and overwhelming, which is why we strive to make the process as easy and straightforward as possible. Our legal team is dedicated to keeping our clients informed throughout the legal process, and we are always available to answer any questions they may have. If you are facing an employment law issue, do not wait to get the legal help you need. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with our experienced attorney. We are here to help you navigate the complex legal system and achieve the best possible outcome for your case.

If you have questions about employment law or think you need legal help with something your employer is doing or did, you should speak with an experienced employment lawyer as soon as possible.

For high quality legal representation and responsive client service, contact an employment law attorney at the Leichter Law Firm, APC today. From our downtown Los Angeles law office, we handle employment cases throughout California. Please call 818-915-6624 or email us today.

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