Stephen Danz & Associates. Holding Employers Accountable for Mistreatment of Employees since 1988

Stephen Danz & Associates is the premier employment litigation firm in California. We have offices in cities all over the state. Our lawyers are dedicated exclusively to helping employees get justice when employers fail to honor their legal rights. Our Santa Clara law office is located at 2033 Gateway Place San Jose, CA 95110

We have 16 highly experienced employment lawyers who understand the applicable federal and California laws such as the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964, the False Claims Act, and the Family Medical Leave Act that govern employer conduct. When employers wrongfully terminate employees, fail to even consider them for employment because of their race, or create environments that are too hostile that the thought of going to work causes depression; our lawyers can tell you if you have a legal claim against the employer. If employers aren’t abiding by the laws, we demand that you get all the financial benefits you deserve. In some cases, we are able to get injunctive relief forcing the employer to hire you or provide a suitable work environment.

Stephen Danz, our founding partner, is respected throughout California for his 40 years of service to employee rights. Mr. Danz oversees the litigation of all the firm’s clients. He has received numerous honors for his legal record of success.

The mission of the Santa Clara employment law office

Stephen Danz & Associates represents employees and only employees. Every facet of our practice is dedicated to helping California workers get and keep the job they earned, the wages and benefits they deserve, and the respect they merit. We bring claims in federal and state courts and the appropriate agencies.

Our Santa Clara employment practice areas

Our lawyers handle a broad range of employment cases including the following:

  • Illegal discrimination. Private and public employers who meet certain size conditions are required to hire, terminate, educate, and promote employees based only on their work skills and experience. If you suspect that you did not get a job, were fired from a job, or have been treated differently than others at work for any of the following reasons – you may have a legal claim for discrimination:
    • Race
    • Gender
    • Sexual orientation
    • National origin
    • Disability
    • Age
    • Pregnancy
    • Military status

In discrimination cases, we demand employees be reinstated, hired, or promoted as the facts warrant. Our Santa Clara discrimination lawyers also demand back pay, and back benefits, statutory and/or punitive damages, and payment of legal fees

  • Whistleblower and qui tam. There are many federal laws that award those employees and workers who successfully disclose fraud against the IRS, the Defense Department, Medicare, Medicaid, and other government agencies and services. To obtain the award, the employee needs the help of experienced whistleblower lawyers to prove the disclosure is valid and to help prove the claim. When employers retaliate, employees, our lawyers seek enforcement of the laws that forbid employee retaliation.
  • Sexual harassment. Employers need to take proper steps and precautions to prevent and stop sexual harassment at work. When employers or management fail to respect the rights of women and men because of their gender, or try to take advantage of someone due to their sex, or condition a promotion on sexual favors; our lawyers work to hold the employer accountable. Accountability can mean payment of civil damage, an award of punitive damages or statutory damages, cessation of the harassment, institution of policies to prevent future harassment, and legal fees.
  • Wage and Hour Lawsuits. Our Santa Clara employment attorneys demand that employers pay overtime when due, classify employees properly so they can get the pay and benefits they are entitled to, and get their required meal breaks. Employers who fail to comply with the laws can be subject to pay the employee any lost money and also  penalties to deter future noncompliance with the laws.
  • Family medical leave. The Family and Medical Leave Act requires that qualified employees be able to take unpaid leave to take care of a spouse, parent, or child who is sick. Leave should also be available if a parent has a newborn child or has just adopted a child. California also has its own medical leave act which can also benefit a caregiving employee.
  • Workers compensation. Our Santa Clara employment attorneys fight for injured employees. We understand that employees cannot be forced back to work until they are physically able to work again. We demand payment of 2/3 of their lost wages for as long as they can’t work due to their injuries. If they have a partial or permanent disability, we explain the additional wage benefits that apply. Our Santa Clara work injury lawyers also work to get the hospitals, doctors, pharmacists, and other health care providers paid by the employer.


Some of the other employment cases we handle are unreasonable enforcement of restrictive covenants, false charges of improper use of company intellectual property, breaches of employment contracts, and inadequate staffing levels.

Make the call to an experienced Santa Clara employee rights lawyer today. The sooner you contact our office, the faster we can explain your rights and pursue all the legal remedies that apply. You can call us at 877-789-9707 to arrange a free consultation.