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Frequently Asked Questions

We will never charge for a consultation.

We never charge by the hour. Rather, we only recover if your case is successfully resolved.
Absolutely. We will not disclose any of your confidential information without your express permission.
Yes, all new cases are evaluated by our team of attorneys.
While we cannot make any guarantees about how your particular employer will respond to your lawsuit, California law protects employees from retaliation for suing their employers.
It really depends on the case. While we have cases that are successfully resolved in a matter of weeks, other cases can go on for quite a while, particularly if they involve appeals.
While it is not always the case, our clients may be required to testify in court or in a deposition.
Most employers will give you their reason for terminating you, often in a dismissal letter or other written communication, and sometimes verbally. If they have not given you a reason, then you can contact your supervisor, human resources, or other relevant person from the company and ask them to see what reason(s) they will share.
There may be other reasons you believe you were terminated that are not necessarily the reasons the company has told you led to your termination. Both the reason the company has given you for your termination, as well as the reason you believe you were terminated, can be shared with an attorney to see if you have a basis for a wrongful termination claim.
California Law prohibits firing an employee based on discrimination and harassment based on their protected class, or in retaliation. Read more about wrongful termination >>

Employment lawyer costs vary, but you can minimize upfront costs. Many employment lawyers work on a contingency basis (meaning their fee is a percentage of any settlement you receive) offer free consultations. Choose a lawyer based on rates, experience, and fit for your case.

An employment attorney is your legal advocate in the workplace. We specialize in employment law, a vast area of law that covers the legal rights and obligations of both employers and employees. We can help you understand your rights under federal and state laws, navigate complex legal procedures, and fight for fair compensation or workplace improvements.

An employment lawyer provides legal counsel to employees and employers on workplace rights and obligations. They draft employment documents, negotiate disputes, and represent clients in mediations or lawsuits related to issues like discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, and wage violations. For employees, they file claims against employers for labor law breaches and seek compensation.

An employee may need an employment lawyer in the following situations:

  • Discrimination or harassment based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or other protected characteristics. This includes wrongful termination due to discrimination.
  • Retaliation for reporting violations, whistleblowing, or exercising legal rights like taking medical leave.
  • Wage and hour violations such as unpaid overtime, minimum wage violations, or misclassification as an independent contractor.
  • Denial of legally entitled benefits like family/medical leave, sick leave, or disability accommodations.
  • Breach of employment contract, such as wrongful termination in violation of the contract terms.
  • Hostile work environment created by severe or pervasive harassment.
  • Sexual harassment from a supervisor, coworker, or third party.
  • Workplace safety violations or retaliation for reporting unsafe conditions.
  • An employment lawyer can review the situation, advise the employee on their rights and options, attempt to negotiate a resolution, and potentially file a claim or lawsuit against the employer for violations of state and federal employment laws.

Reviewing your employment contract with a lawyer is wise. They can explain complicated terms, ensure your rights are protected, and potentially negotiate better benefits.  For minor roles with standard contracts, it might be less crucial. When in doubt, consulting a lawyer empowers you to make informed decisions.

Many employment lawyers work on contingency, meaning they only get paid if they win your case or get you a settlement. The lawyer’s fee is typically a percentage of what you recover. Be sure to ask about their contingency fee rate during consultations.

Is It Illegal, or Just Unfair?

Legal cases can be lengthy, complicated, and confusing, but you don’t have to take on the system all by yourself. If you believe someone has violated your individual rights, or the rights of a large group of people in your community, we can help you find the right course of action.

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