Employment Law

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWork related legal issues can be exceptionally stressful and devastating. At SDCL we provide San Diego, Carlsbad, Rancho Cucamonga, and Victorville residents and businesses with a wide variety of labor law and employment law solutions. Our firm handles claims concerning: Discrimination, Harassment, Retaliation, Wrongful Termination, and Wage-Hour disputes. Look below for more information.


Traditionally employees are considered to be “at will.” This means that an employer can terminate employment at any time for any reason. Fortunately the law has evolved to recognize that “at will” employment can lead to gross injustice. The law now provides that employees have been wrongfully terminated for the following:

  • Violations of Public Policy
  • Breach of Contract
  • Breach of Implied Contract
  • Breach of Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealings
  • Discrimination


Determining whether you have been discriminated against is not always easy. Discrimination takes many forms and is often not obvious. Employees may suffer discrimination in the form of different treatment, different pay, or even outright discriminatory conduct. California has special laws addressing discrimination in the workplace. An attorney should be consulted prior to undertaking any discrimination litigation. Below are a just a few of the types of workplace discrimination our firm can help to remedy.

  • Race Discrimination
  • Disability Discrimination
  • Gender Discrimination
  • Age Discrimination
  • Sexual Preference Discrimination
  • Pregnancy Discrimination
  • Prevention of Medical Leave under FMLA or CFRA


Like discrimination, workplace harassment takes many forms. Remedying workplace harassment is rarely a simple process. Below are a a few forms of workplace harassment. California and federal laws concerning harassment differ thus if you feel you have been the victim of harassment please consult an attorney.
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Race/Ethnicity Harassment
  • Gender Harassment
  • Age-Based Harassment
  • Sexual Preference Harassment
  • Disability Harassment


Retaliation often occurs when an employee has stood up for herself, himself, or even someone else. Often employees encounter retaliation when they have complained about harassment, discrimination, complained about illegal activity,  or have taken Family Medical Leave. Retaliation takes many forms from unfair treatment to outright termination. Retaliation is illegal under both California and Federal law.


Wage and hour claims are more and more common in these tough economic times. Often employers try to cut corners by misclassifying or requiring their employees to work off the clock. There are no excuses for these practices. We handle a variety of wage and hour claims including:

  • Working off the clock
  • Meal Breaks
  • Rest Periods
  • Overtime Compensation
  • Unpaid Wage
  • Unpaid Bonus
  • Minimum Wage Compensation
  • Misclassification