Facing a problem at work can impact many aspects of your life. You may struggle to pay bills. You may feel humiliated and demeaned. You may be anxious about explaining a gap in your work history. If your employer fired you, if you’ve experienced discrimination or harassment in the workplace, or if your employer has failed to pay you properly, your life is much more difficult than it should be.
At Custis Law, P.C., our Los Angeles employment attorneys sympathize with your situation. We appreciate what it means to be mistreated as an employee, and we know that it is a struggle to understand and protect your legal rights. This is why we have chosen to focus our practice on fighting to protect workers who, just like you, need help to secure the rights and compensation they deserve.
As an employee in California, there are several state and federal laws that protect you. These laws apply to all aspects of the employment relationship, from hiring and promotion to compensation and wrongful termination. If you believe that you have been treated unfairly or deprived of your fundamental rights as an employee, we encourage you to get in touch. We offer free consultations, and do not charge our employment and class action lawsuit clients any fees or costs unless we obtain a settlement or verdict on their behalf.
Why Hire Custis Law, P.C.?
You Will Work Directly with Keith
Some employment law firms may pass cases to junior associates and paralegals, but at Custis Law, P.C., you will work directly with Keith Custis, a Los Angeles employee rights lawyer. He personally handles every case.
Over 20 Years Experience
Keith has been practicing law for over 20 years. Before founding Custis Law, P.C. he spent several years representing employers, and he uses his inside knowledge of the employer’s playbook to obtain the best possible outcome for his clients as a plaintiff employment lawyer.
Keith knows what you are going through and prides himself on keeping clients informed from start to finish. Keith will give you his cell phone number. Whether you have a quick question or need an in-depth evaluation of your options, if Keith cannot answer your call, text or email immediately, you will hear from him within 24 hours.
Passionate About Employee Rights
Keith founded Custis Law, P.C. to help individuals facing difficult work issues. Keith dedicates his professional life to employment law because he wholeheartedly believes that no one should have to deal with being mistreated at work. This makes him a tenacious advocate for anyone wronged in the workplace.
Our Primary Practice Areas
Were you fired from your job in violation of your legal rights? A Los Angeles employee rights attorney can help you fight back if you were terminated on a discriminatory basis, in violation of public policy, or otherwise in violation of your legal rights.
State and federal laws protect employees from many different types of workplace discrimination. If you have been disadvantaged by an employment-related decision that was based upon your personal characteristics or membership in a protected class, we can help you.
Employees have the right to report or refuse to participate in discrimination, harassment and other forms of unlawful activity. Many laws provide strong protections against retaliation. If you have been terminated, demoted, or otherwise mistreated for doing the right thing, we can help you.
Sexual harassment is a pervasive issue. Despite the #MeToo movement and recent media coverage of numerous high-profile allegations, it is an issue that still too often goes unreported. If you have been subjected to sexual harassment in the workplace, we can help.
For legal purposes, a hostile work environment is one where you have been subjected to unwelcome harassment, based on a protected characteristic, that is so severe or pervasive that it alters the conditions of employment and creates an abusive atmosphere.
Protected Leave of
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the California Family Rights Act (CFRA), and other laws entitle employees to take leave without putting their jobs at risk. If you requested or took a protected leave of absence and are now facing retaliation or other improper treatment, we can help.
Wage & Hour
Were you denied overtime pay? Is your employer preventing you from taking your meal and rest breaks? These are just a few examples of wage and hour violations we see on a regular basis.
Severance agreements are rarely straightforward. To avoid signing away important legal rights, it is critical that you have your severance agreement reviewed by an experienced Los Angeles employment lawyer.
If your employer has violated your rights as an employee, or if you have been financially harmed as a consumer, there is a high likelihood that others have experienced similar violations and harm. If so, you should consider filing a class action lawsuit.
What Can Custis Law, P.C. Do for You?
When it comes to protecting your rights as an employee, the details matter. Starting with your free initial consultation, we will take the time to learn all the facts that make your case unique. We will listen to your side of the story so that we can understand your situation from your point of view, and we will make sure we have a clear understanding of your individual priorities.
We have enough experience to know that you don’t want to hear “maybe” when you have a question about your legal rights. We will provide you with an honest and straightforward assessment of your legal rights. While the outcome of your case will depend on a variety of different factors, our Los Angeles employment lawyer will offer practical advice so that you can make informed decisions about your next steps.
When you need legal help, you don’t want someone to try to impress you with complex legalese and words 99 percent of the population never uses. We will explain the law in language you can understand. If you have questions, we will do what is necessary to ensure you have a clear understanding of the laws that are relevant to your situation.
Even with a clear understanding of your rights, it isn’t easy to make decisions that can potentially impact the rest of your life. While it is ultimately up to you to decide how to resolve your case, we understand that you need not only a legal representative, but also a trustworthy advisor in a Los Angeles employment attorney.
You aren’t exactly like anyone else. Your legal advice shouldn’t be exactly like anyone else’s either. When you choose Custis Law, P.C., a Los Angeles employment lawyer will customize our case strategy to your individual goals and circumstances so that we can seek the best possible outcome in light of your objectives and the facts at hand.
When you initiate a dispute with your employer, your employer will engage legal representation. If you work for a large corporation, your employer will very likely have a team of lawyers fighting against you. With our extensive experience on both sides of employment law matters, we can level the playing field, and can make sure you do not fall victim to intimidation or predatory tactics.
In addition to offering free initial consultations, we handle employment law and class action cases on a contingency-fee basis. Unlike some firms that require employees to pay litigation costs on a monthly basis, we will not charge you any costs or fees while your case is pending. We will not charge you anything unless we obtain a settlement or verdict on your behalf.
What Remedies Can You Obtain In An Employment Case?
California and federal law provide a wide variety of remedies for employees harmed by a wrongful termination, harassment, wage violations, or other harms in the workplace.
Lost wages and benefits
One large component of damages available in an employment case is compensation to make up for the wages and benefits that an employee does not receive due to a wrongful termination or demotion.
Emotional distress damages
Another large component of damages is compensation for the pain and suffering caused by the employer’s wrongful termination, harassment or other workplace misconduct. Emotional distress damages may be awarded for anxiety, humiliation, grief, loss of enjoyment of life and other forms of emotional distress.
Unpaid wages and penalties for Labor Code violations
Wage theft is rampant in the United States. California’s Labor Code requires employer to pay employees any unpaid minimum wages and overtime wages plus interest at 10% per year from the date the unpaid wages should have been paid. The Labor Code also requires employers to pay large monetary penalties to employees who do not receive accurate wage statements, who do not receive their meal and rest breaks, and/or who do not receive all earned wages on a timely basis when the employees are terminated or resign.
Punitive damages are damages that are awarded to punish the employer for egregious violations of an employee’s workplace rights. To recover punitive damages under California law, an employee must provide evidence that the employer acted with oppression, fraud, or malice when violating an employee’s workplace rights.
California law also allows employees who win their employment lawsuits to seek an award of attorneys’ fees and litigation expenses. What does that mean? If you win, your employer will not only pay your damages but is also required to pay your employment attorneys’ fees. This is a significant benefit to California employees.
In some cases, an employee may be able to either get his or her old job back, or a similar position of the same seniority. Reinstatement is not always a viable option, however, particularly in cases involving harassment.
State and Federal Employment Laws
The FEHA prohibits discrimination in employment circumstances on the basis of the employee’s race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, or veteran or military status. As a general rule, the FEHA applies to employers with 5 or more employees.
The DFEH is the California agency responsible for enforcing California’s civil rights laws in the workplace. Before an employee can initiate a lawsuit for an employer’s violation of your California employment civil rights, the employee must first file a complaint and obtain a right to sue notice from the DFEH. Custis Law, P.C. regularly assists our clients in obtaining a right to sue notice.
This DLSE accepts and adjudicates wage claims by employees relating to unpaid wages, overtime, or vacation pay pursuant to the California Labor Code; it also investigates workplace retaliation complaints (other than for workplace discrimination complaints, which is overseen by the DFEH).
The DIR protects workers by enforcing labor laws to ensure their health, safety, and well-being in the workplace. The DIR also oversees California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (“CalOSHA”) and the Division of Workers Compensation.
Title VII prohibits discrimination in virtually all employment circumstances on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, or national origin. As a general rule, Title VII applies to employers with 15 or more employees.
The EEOC is the federal agency that enforces federal civil rights laws prohibiting workplace discrimination, harassment and retaliation because of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. Before an employee can initiate a lawsuit for an employer’s violation of the employee’s federal employment civil rights, an employee must first file a complaint and obtain a right to sue notice from the EEOC. Custis Law, P.C. regularly assists our clients in obtaining a right to sue notice.
The ADEA is the federal law that prohibits age discrimination against people who are age 40 or older. The ADEA generally applies to private employers with 20 or more employees and public entity employers.
The ADA prohibits employers from discriminating on the basis of disability. The ADA applies generally to employers with 15 or more employees and public entity employers.
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides certain employees with up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave per year. It also requires that their group health benefits be maintained during the leave. Employees are eligible for a protected leave of absence if they have worked for their employer at least 12 months, at least 1,250 hours over the past 12 months, and work at a location where the company employs 50 or more employees within 75 miles.
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and youth employment standards affecting employees in the private sector and in Federal, State, and local governments.
The NLRA protects the rights of employees and employers, to encourage collective bargaining, and to curtail certain private sector labor and management practices, which can harm the general welfare of workers, businesses and the U.S. economy.
About Custis Law, P.C.
Custis Law, P.C. is an employment law firm that represents employees throughout California in disputes with their employers.
Founded by an attorney with over two decades of high-level experience, Custis Law, P.C. offers passionate and aggressive legal representation with a unique personal touch. Custis Law, P.C. also represents employees and consumers in wage and hour and consumer class actions.
Locations & Areas Served
With offices in Century City, downtown Los Angeles, Long Beach and San Bernardino, Custis Law, P.C. represents employees and job applicants throughout California, including in Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara and Riverside counties.
With offices in Los Angeles, Long Beach and San Bernardino, we represent employees and applicants throughout California. Our clients include executives, senior managers, licensed professionals, skilled laborers, and minimum-wage employees. No matter what you do for work, how long you have been doing it, or how advanced you are in your career, you deserve to be treated with respect, and you deserve to be able to stand up for your rights under the law.
*All in-person consultations are by appointment only.