About Steven Erkel

Sacramento Employment Lawyer

Steven Erkel (“Steve”) formed Erkel Law to help victims, individuals, and clients in moments of crisis. Steve enjoys getting to know each of his clients and guiding them through the legal process – many of whom are dealing with an adversary for the first time. Steve takes pride in understanding the complexities of your case, understanding your side of the events, and finding creative solutions to advocate for you. Once clients join Erkel Law, Steve will treat them as family and will work tirelessly to advocate for their position. Steven Erkel has years of experience fighting and winning cases across a wide range of claims. With extensive experience claims in wrongful termination to discrimination, he prioritizes our clients' rights against wrongful and negligent practices.

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No matter what you do for a living, your job is a fundamental part of your life. Workers rely on their employers to treat them fairly; those subjected to unfair employment practices may wish to explore their legal options for seeking justice. When you are denied basic protections under the law, a Sacramento employment lawyer is prepared to advocate on your behalf. Erkel Law has represented many people in their employment cases. Erkel Law is prepared to handle your legal matters, no matter how large or small. If you work in California and believe that your employer violated state or federal labor laws, contact Erkel Law for a free consultation.

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Steven Erkel brings years of knowledge and hands-on experience to each case he handles.


Steven Erkel has proven results of fighting and winning cases like yours.

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Steven Erkel prides himself on prioritizing the needs of others. He offers free consultations, so call today.

Types of Employment Law Cases

Labor and employment laws govern a variety of claims. The Wages and the Fair Labor Standard Act establishes a federal minimum wage and laws regarding overtime pay, recordkeeping, and other protections for minor workers. Some examples of common employment law violations include: 

  • Wage and hour: A common issue employees face is when their employer refuses to pay overtime wages. Other examples include payment below minimum wage, offering time off in lieu of overtime wages, and exempting a worker from overtime.
  • Wrongful termination: Like many other states, California is an employment-at-will state. This means that an employer does not need a reason to fire an employee. However, if the employee can establish that they were terminated due to retaliation, discrimination, or whistleblowing, they may have a claim for wrongful termination.
  • Workplace discrimination: Employers cannot discriminate based on race, gender, age, religion, disability, or ethnicity. Discrimination is illegal; employees can sue to recover compensation if they can demonstrate they were subject to unlawful discrimination based on a protected status.
  • Harassment in the workplace: Likewise, harassment is illegal at work. This could include unwanted sexual advances, threats, or offensive jokes from an employer or coworker. When someone experiences harassment at work, it creates a hostile environment, potentially allowing them to sue their employer.
  • Retaliation: Employers cannot punish their employees for filing a lawsuit. Doing so is considered retaliation and will reflect poorly on the employer. Some examples of retaliation include limiting hours, reducing salary or wages, demoting to a lower position, and altering hours in a disruptive manner.

If you were terminated or experienced any other unfair labor practices, contact a Sacramento employment attorney to determine your right to recover unpaid wages and other compensation.

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Compensation for Aggrieved Employees 

When an employer violates state or federal employment law, the affected worker may be able to sue to recover compensation for their losses. The amount of money a worker can obtain will depend greatly on the facts and circumstances of their case. In most circumstances, workers are asking for lost wages due to their loss of employment. Sometimes, an employee can argue reduced earning capacity if their subsequent employment is inferior to their previous job. Employees can also ask for compensation based on their lost benefits, including health insurance, retirement, and lost sick days or vacation time. 

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