The modern workplace can be difficult to navigate. Many employees in the State of California are employed on an at-will basis, which means that they can be fired for a good reason, a bad reason, or no reason at all. On the other hand, many federal and state laws protect employees from discrimination, harassment and overtime violations, as well as many other forms of illegal workplace conduct.
If you’ve been underpaid, cheated, fired, suspended, bullied or harassed on the job, or if you have been accused of such conduct we can help. If you’ve been given, or need a severance agreement or release, and you’re not sure what to do or how to do what needs to be done to protect your rights, the best, and perhaps wisest thing to do is hire an experienced employment law firm that is focused on handling employment related disputes. The Marin County California employment law firm of Kesten-Law serves not only Marin County, we are active in Sonoma, Napa, Alameda, Contra Costa and San Francisco Counties. The attorneys at Kesten-Law are dedicated to helping employees of all types—from C-level executives to minimum wage employees. We help employees and employers resolve their employment disputes and maximize their results through negotiation, arbitration or trial.
We can be aggressive trial attorneys when necessary and have taken on some of the country’s largest companies and their law firms in employment discrimination, harassment and class action overtime cases. We also understand that there are alternatives to litigation. We are experienced in alternative dispute resolution techniques that can, in the appropriate case, be put to work to resolve your dispute quickly and efficiently. Steven Kesten has even attended the Harvard Law School program on mediation and dispute resolution and is a trained arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association.
We handle most litigation matters on a contingency basis when we represent employees and on an hourly basis when we represent employers. For employees, this means you don’t pay any attorneys’ fees unless we obtain a settlement or judgment for you. In other words, we will work with you as your partner to fight your case and share the risk with you.
At Kesten-Law we put our tradition of excellence in employment discrimination, sexual harassment and wage and hour law to work for you in resolving employment disputes throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and throughout the State of California. Our dedicated team of experienced employment attorneys represent employees in all types of employment-related disputes, including:
- Sexual harassment
- Discrimination based on race, sex, age, national origin, religion or disability
- Retaliatory termination- when you are fired for exercising your rights
- Terminations based on an employee’s refusal to engage in illegal behavior
- Terminations in violation of public policy
- Unpaid wages, commissions, bonuses, overtime and minimum wage
Of course, it’s not all about litigation. Much of our work also involves representing businesses and business executives in negotiating various employment agreements, such as employment contracts, compensation and stock plans, severance agreements, and non-compete and non-solicitation agreements. In other words, we can fight if we have to, but we also have the business savvy to negotiate sophisticated agreements for our clients.
Even if you don’t see your particular employment problem listed here, if it’s employment related, we can handle it, or we will direct you to an attorney who can. You can call us anytime at 1-415-457-2668 or email us if you’re having a problem at work and need to talk to one of our experienced labor and employment attorneys. Whatever you do, don’t wait! Most employment law claims have short statutes of limitation, meaning that you have a short time period to bring your claim. If you don’t act within the applicable time limit, you could lose your right to bring or defend a case. So, if you, or someone you know, are having any problems at your job, and you’re not sure what to do pick up the phone or email us—we’ll put our tradition of excellence in employment law to work for you!
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.
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