Practice Areas

For 33 years the Law Office of Alexander G. van Broek has litigated employee claims in the following legal practice areas:

Defamation by Libel or Slander

If an employer has made false statements in order to intimidate or fire an employee, that employer could be liable for defamation. Because defamation is a type of personal injury, victims can be awarded personal damages for any financial losses that may have stemmed from the libel or slander, as well as for any emotional suffering they may have experienced as a result. In some cases, the victim may also be awarded punitive damages, which are intended to hold offending parties accountable for their actions.
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Retaliation

As an employee, it is your right, and sometimes your responsibility, to speak up against unlawful practices in your workplace. Unfortunately, many times employers will respond with harassment and discrimination when you do in an attempt to discourage others from taking a stand in the future. This is known as retaliation, and is against the law in many situations. If you feel that your employer is retaliating against you for your actions, the Law Office of Alexander G. Van Broek is here to help.
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Unlawful Discrimination

It may not always be obvious, but an employee facing discrimination at work can often tell when that discrimination is related to their race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, medical issues, or physical disability. There may be signs that the work you are being assigned, the workspace you have been given to work in, promotions you failed to get, or exclusion from company activities is intentionally meant to make you uncomfortable. When you face harassment due to race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, medical issues, physical disability, age, or any of California's other protected classes, you have a legal right to demand it stop, that those in charge of the situation are reprimanded, and to seek financial compensation.
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Wage and Hour Violations

If you have been denied breaks, denied overtime pay, have expenses unpaid by your company, or are not earning the vacation pay you are supposed to earn, you should seek justice in a court of law. Alexander van Broek has helped many employees, including those incorrectly classified as independent contractors, in getting the full benefits and compensation they are owed by their employers. Based in Oakland, he serves clients primarily in San Francisco, Alameda County, and Contra Costa County.
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Wrongful Termination

If you have been fired, demoted, or forced out of a company due to any protected reason under state or federal law, or believe you have and have some proof to back that belief, you do not have to accept your employer's final ruling on the matter without some form of restitution. Based out of Oakland, Alexander van Broek represents those who have been wrongfully terminated throughout the Bay Area, including Alameda County, Contra Costa County, and the San Francisco metro area. It is his goal to help you get damages for immediate and future lost wages, and compensation for the emotional distress of being put out of work.
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