Maryam Karson has been a practicing attorney since January 2003. She worked full-time during law school and graduated Magna Cum Laude, in the top 5% of her class. In 2004, Maryam was selected to the Order of the Coif. During law school, she was distinguished for obtaining the highest grades in her class in Contracts, Writing & Research, Advanced Legal Writing, and Criminal Law.
Maryam practices employment law as well as immigration and appellate law. She is based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is committed to rendering exemplary service. She achieves this by representing only a handful of active clients at a time, in order to devote ample time to each client and treat each case as if it were her own. Maryam is punctual, is not hard to reach, and answers telephone calls herself. Unless she is out of the country, Maryam responds to all enquiries on the same or following business day.
Some of the employment-related areas in which Maryam can assist you with are as follows:
- If your current or former employer, supervisor, coworkers, or your employer’s customers, have frequently made offensive comments to you or anyone else about your skin color, accent, religion or religious practices, the country you come from, or because of a contagious disease or a disability you may or may not have
- If your current or previous employer, supervisor, coworkers or your employer’s customers have constantly made fun of you because you are, or they believe you to be, gay, lesbian, or straight, and you have complained but no one has taken you seriously, and your complaints have for the most part been ignored
- If your current or previous employer, supervisor, coworkers, or your employer’s customers, have frequently sexually harassed or intimidated you by forcing you to put up with sexually offensive language or unwanted sexual comments or compliments, whether in person, through emails, or by frequent telephone calls
- If you and many others like you work more than eight hours a day or more than forty hours a week and your employer does not pay you for overtime
- If you and many others like you are pressured into eating lunch at your desk or while you work and your employer directly or indirectly discourages you from leaving work for at least thirty minutes every day during your lunch break
- If you and many others like you have to drive your car for business purposes and your employer does not pay you the money you spend on gas or anything else that is necessary and work-related
- If you are leaving work, or have been fired, and your employer has asked you to sign an agreement
- If you are getting hired and your employer has given you an agreement to review before signing it and starting your work
- If you have complained about something that you believe is unlawful, or about a dangerous condition at work, and in response, your employer or supervisor punished you by having you fired, suspended, negatively reviewed, or demoted
- If your employee has accused you or any of your other employees of any wrongdoing, such as failure to pay wages, failure to provide meal or rest breaks, failure to provide a statutory or contractual leave, or any complaint concerning discrimination, harassment, defamation, assault, battery, and so forth
- If you would like to fire or lay off an employee and you are concerned about being sued
- If you would like to draft any work-related policies, such as policies concerning mediation and arbitration, complaint procedures, social media usage, email usage, meal and rest breaks, overtime, vacations, sick leaves, unlawful harassment, unlawful discrimination, dress code, moral code, and so forth
- If you would like to have drafted any work-related contract, such as a severance agreement, a settlement agreement, an arbitration agreement, a confidentiality agreement, a non-solicitation agreement, or an invention assignment agreement
- If you would like someone to conduct an investigation about a complaint that has been made by one of your current or former employees
- If you have hired someone who does not have an independent business in the field you have hired that person for, as an independent contractor, rather than an employee
- If you have been served with a civil complaint, or an administrative complaint that has been filed against you with any government agency, such as the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or the Office of the Labor Commissioner
- If you would like to minimize the possibility of dealing with an employment-related lawsuit by having someone conduct a workplace audit
Maryam offers her immigration expertise to individuals who are in removal/deportation proceedings; persons who intend to file applications for asylum rooted in politics, religion, race, discrimination, or compelling social grounds; those individuals eligible for filing U.S. green card and citizenship applications; fiancé(e) visa petitioners; and work or investment visa seekers. For further information, visit her website, at www.karsonlawfirm.com.