by Lisa Charbonneau | Hello! This month I will begin publishing a regularly-appearing column for Out & Equal’s blog covering employment-related legal issues. I am a Bay Area attorney who primarily practices employment law – the area of law that governs workplaces. My practice is almost entirely plaintiff’s side, which means I bring lawsuits on behalf of individual and classes of people whose rights have been violated by their current, former, or prospective employers.
While I intend this column to discuss issues specific to LGBT protections in the law, I also hope to educate LGBT employees about their rights as workers and employees in general. As goals for workplace equality become realized, and protections for LGBT folks are increasingly on par with other groups who have traditionally experienced workplace discrimination, LGBT folks need to understand and stand up for their rights under the law when it comes to issues such as wage theft, fair work hours, correct overtime payments, workplace injuries, benefits and insurance coverage, the right to engage in protected activity, veterans’ or reservists’ rights, and a host of other matters that come under the umbrella of employment law.
What issues would you like to see covered in this column? What problems do you experience in the workplace? What worries you in terms of your rights at work? Or, what barriers exist for you in entering the workplace? Please add your questions in the comment section below. And please feel free to explore my firm’s web site to learn more about what I do and post any questions accordingly. I look forward to many conversations with you in the future.
Lisa Charbonneau is associated with The Law Offices of Traci M. Hinden in San Francisco, CA (www.hindenlaw.com). Her focus is employment law, representing individual and class clients throughout the state and nation. Her clients come from all economic backgrounds – from minimum wage earners to executives, from union members to independent contractors, from government employees to veterans – and have worked in numerous industries, including retail, sales, tech, manufacturing, hospitality, local and federal government, education, financial services, legal services, and domestic care. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, and University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
Disclaimer: This column does not constitute legal advice, and none of its content should be interpreted or relied on as such. I make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to/from this blog. Sending me an email does not create an attorney-client relationship. If you believe you need to speak with an attorney about an employment matter, I urge you to contact an attorney of your choice immediately.