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Our jobs and career give us stability in life. When that stability is taken away, you need a Los Angeles employment attorney at Strong Advocates on your side to demand respect, fairness and compensation. We handle all types of wrongful termination, disability discrimination, sexual harassment, as well as sexual assault at the workplace.

Betsy Havens and the team at Strong Advocates are the nicest and most professional lawyers I have ever dealt with. They truly cared about my case and put in hours above and beyond what was called for. She kept me in the loop on all the legal proceedings and took the time explain to me in clear terms what this process was going to look like. During my demur the Judge even commented at one point saying "Never before has someone come so well prepared for a demur, I can see that you care a lot about your client." Betsy Havens is the first call I make for legal advice!

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I was pleased with Strong Advocates legal services and all my concerns were addressed in a timely manner. Throughout the process, Betsy Havens was very understanding and compassionate, and made the difficult circumstances I was dealing with a bit easier to cope with. She defended me. I am very grateful for her service and hereby recommend Ms. Havens without reservation.

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Strong Advocates is very professional and knowledgeable. Betsy Havens listened and was very compassionate. She cares and is realistic in what can and cannot be done. She is tenacious and committed to resolve your case in a timely manner. Bottom line -- she produced results for us and we are very happy. Thank you!

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Strong Advocates truly takes an interest in their clients. Betsy Havens and her staff are knowledgeable and professional. Betsy made me feel heard. She is very thorough, detail oriented and determined. If you want a firm that personally cares about YOU, I recommend Strong Advocates for all your employment legal needs. Choose Betsy Havens because she is very compassionate and passionate about winning your case. She follows through and produces amazing compensation results, quickly.

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I had such a great experience working with Strong Advocates. Betsy Havens, the attorney who represented me, was so kind and compassionate while handling my case. She helped me understand all of my options and gave me advice whenever I needed it. She was very patient and explained everything in a way that was easy to understand. She went above and beyond to help me during a tough time in my life, and I am so thankful for that!

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Strong Advocates truly takes an interest in their clients. Betsy Havens and her staff are knowledgeable and professional. Betsy made me feel heard. She is very thorough, detail oriented and determined. If you want a firm that personally cares about YOU, I recommend Strong Advocates for all your employment legal needs. Choose Betsy Havens because she is very compassionate and passionate about winning your case. She follows through and produces amazing compensation results, quickly.

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My experience with Betsy Havens was beyond pleasant. She is highly talented and compassionate towards others. She never gave up on me. Betsy changed my life for the better, and I would recommend her to anyone and everyone.

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Betsy Havens, Executive Director of Strong Advocates, has worked extensively over the years to protect the rights of workers who have been treated unfairly. Her intensive litigation experience has amounted to extraordinary outcomes for her clients. Betsy has shared and advanced her deep understanding of employment law and litigation through her experience leading over 50 training programs for lawyers and community groups. Betsy received an Advocacy award from a state Bar Foundation honoring the work her office has done fighting for fair treatment.

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Talk to a Los Angeles sexual harassment lawyer today. Sexual harassment is a type of discrimination that violates state and federal laws. Sexual harassment includes behavior such as unwelcome sexual advances or other verbal or physical conduct that is sexual in nature and occurs in the workplace. In California, regardless of the number of workers an employer has, workers are entitled to the following:


If you feel you are being sexually harassed in a way that is creating a hostile work environment, your right to a safe work environment is being violated and your employer may be liable.


Title VII protects the following aspects of a job from discrimination, including sexual harassment: Hiring and firing; compensation, assignment or classification of employees; transfer, promotion, layoff or recall; job advertisements; recruitment; testing; use of company facilities; training and apprenticeship; fringe benefits; pay, retirement plans and disability leave; and other terms and conditions of employment.


Not just employees, but also applicants, unpaid interns, professional relationships and independent contractors are protected from sexual harassment under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act.


Sexual harassment can occur between any two people in a workplace, regardless of gender, including same-sex harassment. Sexual desire does not have to motivate the harassment.


Workers are entitled assert their right to be free from discrimination, called “protected activity” by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Therefore, it is unlawful for an employer to take retaliatory action against a victim of sexual harassment for complaining about the unwelcome behavior.



    National origin discrimination occurs when a person is treated differently because they (or their ancestors) are from a certain place, country or region, or have the physical, cultural or linguistic characteristics common to an ethnic group. Discrimination can also be based on an individual’s association to a certain country or ethnic group, as well as an employer’s belief that an individual is from a particular place regardless of that individual’s actual origin. Under California and federal law, employees have the following rights:

    01 | LANGUAGE

    Unless your employer shows legitimate reasons for requiring employees to speak English at all times at work, an English-only rule may be an illegal discriminatory practice. Your employer may be acting against the law by requiring employees to be fluent in English if the rule is not necessary for the nature of the job, or if the employer targets employees of a particular national origin.

    02 | COLOR OF SKIN

    Skin color, as well as race, religion, sex and national origin, are expressly protected under Title VII from discrimination. Discrimination or harassment due to skin color, regardless of whether it is commonly linked to race or national origin, is unlawful.


    It is unlawful for your employer to discriminate against you because of your association to person of a particular religion or ethnicity, including a partner, spouse, child, or friend.


    Generally, an employer cannot discriminate based on citizenship status if its effect is discriminatory against your national origin. An employer may only require U.S. citizenship status as a condition of employment if it is required for the job by local, state or federal contract. Otherwise, it is unlawful to have a “citizens only” hiring policy, and your employer may not ask about citizenship status during an interview.


    Employers must not treat prospective hires differently during interviews based on their national origin, and must have selection criteria that do not cause a discriminatory effect. Additionally, employers must not implement criteria that limit promotions or assignments for employees of a particular national origin. You must have equal opportunities to hiring, promotion, and reassignment.


    The clothing you wear can be an expression of your cultural origin or religious association. It is illegal to discriminate or harass a worker for the clothing they wear. While your employer might argue that your clothing can cause your business to lose customers or make coworkers “uncomfortable,” this is never a justification for discrimination.



      Under federal and State law, you are entitled to payment for all hours worked. If your employer has not paid you, you may have a legal claim against your employer for violating federal or state wage and hour law. Examples of unpaid wages, or wage theft, include nonpayment of minimum wage, overtime, business expenses and final paycheck at termination, as well as failure to provide rest and meal breaks or timely paydays. In California, all workers, regardless of immigration status, are protected by labor laws. Under the Federal Fair Labor Standards act and California law, workers are entitled to the following rights:

      01 | MINIMUM WAGE

      Workers are entitled to the minimum wage as required by State law, regardless of whether they are paid an hourly rate, by piece rate, by commission or a salary.

      02 | OVERTIME

      Overtime wages must be paid no later than the payday for the next regular payroll period in which the overtime work was completed.


      A worker has the right not just to minimum wage, but to the wage promised by the employer. The employer owes the worker the promised hourly rate for all hours worked. If your employer pays you less than the promised rate, you may be able to file a wage claim for the unpaid difference.


      If an employer does not provide an uninterrupted 30-minute meal break for every 5 hours worked and a 10-minute paid rest break for every 4 hours worked, the employer is committing wage theft.


      An employer must reimburse workers for expenses and tools reasonably necessary to complete their job, such as uniforms and supplies. However, your employer can require you to provide your own supplies for the job if you earn at least double the minimum wage.


      An employer must provide a worker’s final wages, including accrued vacation (if applicable), on their last workday if they were fired. If the employer does not provide payment on the last workday, the former employee may be able to file a claim for a day’s wages for up to 30 days that the paycheck is withheld.


      Depending on the type of employment, California law requires employers to pay workers within a reasonable period for each payroll period. For example, many employers must pay workers by the 26th of the month for the payroll period of the 1st to the 16th, or by the 10th for the payroll period of the 16th to the end of the previous month.


      Your employer cannot legally make additional deductions from your paycheck other than those required by law, such as social security tax.

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        The Strong Advocates legal team is fearless, creative, and zealous. They do not shy away from the difficult, complex cases that other lawyers may avoid. I would wholeheartedly recommend them to anyone needing a flexible and passionate advocate.

        Righting Wrongs is Our Bottom Line

        Strong Advocates is a non-profit legal organization, and we are focused on doing what is right for you. Unlike most firms, we do not have to settle cases quickly in order to bring in a certain amount of revenue each quarter. We take the time to provide a free written case analysis to help you understand your rights and options and, in most cases, do not charge you for expert witnesses, legal research, mailings, economic damage reports or the use of professional mediators and arbitrators — fees which often eat away at the earnings you receive from your case.

        Your Team Makes the Difference

        No person should be forced to endure unfair treatment at work. However, many victims do not come forward and file a complaint due to fear of retaliation or the difficulty in finding attorneys they can trust. The experienced employment litigation team at Strong Advocates has helped to bring powerful employers to justice before, and they can help you do the same. We provide you with a highly skilled legal team to fight for your employment and workers’ compensation rights. We offer years of complex litigation experience and a valuable team approach.


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