California Trial Lawyers
Steel Zandi27520 Hawthome Block Suite 270
Palos Verdes, California 90274
(310) 697-9000 or(800) 626-0003
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Law Firm Overview FREE CONSULTATIONSteel Zandi is a trial and multi-lingual law firm with office locations in Palos Verdes, Newport Beach, and San Francisco, CA. We are dedicated to the representation of the individual in Whistleblowers/Qui Tam, Employment, and, Personal Injury matters.
Our attorneys selectively represent whistleblowers who share our commitment to promoting business integrity and combating fraud on the government. With the experience and resources to take on the largest corporate defendants, we are dedicated to helping you fight fraud against the government, recover as large a share of any of the recovery as possible and protect your rights.
Our knowledgeable team of lawyers is proud of their diverse backgrounds and exceptional experience.
Areas of Law
Additional Areas of Law: Retaliation; Defamation in Employment; Age Discrimination; Pregnancy Discrimination; Discrimination based on Race, National Origin and Religion; Medical Condition/Disability Discrimination; Executive and Professional Severance Negotiations; Non-compete and Non-disclosure Agreements; Employee Counseling; Misclassification of Employment Status; Wage and Hour Disputes; Workplace Violence; Workplace Injuries; Hostile Work Environments; Invasion of Privacy; Civil Rights Violations; Elder Abuse; Healthcare Fraud; Securities Fraud; Defense Contracts; TARP and Bailout Fraud; Federal Student Loan Fraud; GSA Fraud; Federal Crop Insurance; Government Construction Fraud; Customs and Shipping Fraud; Federal Loan Fraud; Government Grant Fraud; U.S. Postal Service Fraud; Cash for Clunkers; Tax Fraud.
Areas of Law Description
- Employment Law
At Steel Zandi, our clients come from varied employment situations. With years of experience, we have the skill to handle all major labor law and work issues including sexual harassment, unpaid overtime, disability discrimination, discrimination based on age, race, gender, religion or pregnancy, and whistleblower claims.
If your employer retaliated against you, attorney Matthew Zandi may be able to hold them accountable. Both federal and California laws offer protection for employees. This protection does not just include firing and wrongful termination; it includes all types of retaliation, such as demotions, failure to promote, stripping of responsibilities, micro managing and creating a hostile work environment.
- Defamation in Employment
Making untrue statements that injure another's reputation is defamation and is legally actionable. Defamation, also called slander or libel (depending on whether the untrue statement was written or voiced) can be an issue in employment disputes, insurance claims, and business conflicts. Clients come to the Law Offices of Shawn Steel & Associates seeking relief from the problems caused by a defamer.
- Wrongful Termination
Anyone who has ever been dismissed from a job thinks it is unfair--and maybe it is. However, under the law, an unfair termination is not necessarily wrongful. A wrongful termination is a legal term that refers to a firing that happened illegally. Consult an employment lawyer to determine whether you have a case if you have been fired. Attorney Matt Zandi represents employees who have experienced wrongful termination.
- Sexual Harassment
Matt Zandi has been handling sexual harassment cases for more than 11 years. Although people are more aware of what is appropriate in a workplace, sexual harassment still happens. Certain industries are still living in the past, making workplaces extremely uncomfortable even as they try to comply with Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) rules.
- Age Discrimination
Employees are protected by both federal and California law from being treated differently because of their age. Age discrimination occurs when employers take illegal actions based on age — both against the young and the aging. There are many types of age discrimination. Wrongful termination is one of the most serious types of age discrimination. Other forms may include discrimination, harassment, demotion, unwarranted promotions, or failure to promote.
- Pregnancy Discrimination
Under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), a series of federal statutes that protect workers, women (and men as well) are entitled to up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for pregnancy and to spend time with a newborn or newly-adopted child. After the 12 weeks end, the employee must be allowed to return to work. If your employer has told you that you are not eligible for FMLA time, it is a good idea to talk with an experienced employment law attorney about your rights. Attorney Matt Zandi can help you understand your options under state and federal laws.
- Discrimination based on Race, National Origin and Religion
Discrimination based on your race, your religion, where your ancestors are from, and your national origin is illegal in California. If you have been discriminated against by an employer, talk with trial lawyer Matt Zandi about protecting your rights.
- Medical Condition/Disability Discrimination
If your employer has refused to offer you reasonable accommodations for your disability, or discriminated against you based on your disability, attorney Matt Zandi can help. As an experienced lawyer, Matt Zandi has the in-depth knowledge and experience necessary to help clients achieve the best possible results in employment law matters.
- Executive and Professional Severance Negotiations
Most people are fearful of a layoff. But the truth is that layoffs, while difficult, can come with a great deal of opportunities. It may be time for a needed career change or an executive severance package that gives you the resources needed to refocus on important things.
- Non-compete and Non-disclosure Agreements
If you are asked to sign a non-compete or non-disclosure agreement, you should know that these documents can have a significant effect on your career down the road. The fine print and legal language may affect where you can work, which clients you can continue relationships with and which information you can disclose. Some employees are even asked to give up the right to any intellectual property they develop while in the course of employment.
- Employee Counseling
Matt Zandi counsels executives, professionals, and other employees throughout California. He offers thorough review of employment contracts, including non-compete and non-disclosure agreements, and can help you understand exactly what you are agreeing to before you sign. Mr. Zandi also counsels clients facing difficult choices about severance agreements, and he offers valuable legal advice for entrepreneurs who are considering starting their own businesses.
- Misclassification of Employment Status
Thousands of employees throughout America are victims of misclassification of employment status. They are paid a salary when they really should be paid hourly and receive overtime pay. If you are tired of being run ragged by your employer, you should think of pursuing overtime pay. Attorney Matt Zandi can help.
- Wage and Hour Disputes
Many wage and hour disputes stem from unlawful practices like taking improper deductions, failing to give employees access to tips they earned, failing to pay past-due commissions, or to pay earned vacation time. Employers also fail to pay wages on time, especially when an employee is fired and all wages are due upon termination.
- Workplace Violence
For years, Mr. Zandi has served clients throughout California in employment law matters. He is an experienced and aggressive trial lawyer who does not hesitate to litigate workplace violence claims. His thorough case preparation and reputation for successful jury verdicts help him negotiate favorable settlements for his clients. If no acceptable settlement can be reached, however, he has the resources necessary to pursue success at trial.
- Workplace Injuries
Many of the cases Mr. Zandi handles involve injuries caused by coworkers or by employers themselves. He conducts a thorough investigation. This often involves investigating the scene of the accident, interviewing witnesses, and reviewing accident reports. He also researches case law on similar cases, helping you to predict the possible outcomes of your case.
- Hostile Work Environments
A hostile work environment is something that no employee should tolerate. For whatever reason, it occurs, especially in retaliation for reporting illegal actions, because of a boss's instability, or because a coworker wants your job. A lawyer's help can stop it.
- Civil Rights Violations
Federal law protects the civil rights of all Americans. This means that an organization cannot violate a person's civil rights without legal consequences. These rights include freedom of speech and freedom of association. Sadly, actions taken by employers, nonprofits and state agencies often violate those rights.
- Invasion of Privacy
Many different types of information are considered private under California state and federal laws. These include things like salary information, benefits, deductions, pension information and the results of drug tests. The laws that protect them vary depending on the type of information. Medical information, for example, is protected by HIPAA — the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
- Elder Abuse
Steel Zandi represents aging clients who have become the victims of various types of elder abuse. They handle cases of abuse and neglect, including assaults committed against the elderly, but most work focuses on financial abuses suffered by California's aging population.
- Whistleblowers/Qui Tam
If you are a whistleblower with information about fraud on the government, then you may be able to bring a Qui Tam lawsuit under a federal law known as the False Claims Act. A Qui Tam lawsuit is one brought by a private citizen, but in the name of the government.
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