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Being wrongfully terminated can take a massive toll on your life. Fortunately, there are wrongful termination attorneys who specialize in righting the scales of justice and getting you the compensation you deserve. Keep reading to learn more about four types of wrongful termination in California, and...more
If you are a California employee, it is important to know your rights. The laws governing employment can be complex, and it can be difficult to know what is protected under the law and what isn't. In this guide from the Law Office of James Hawkins APLC in Orange County, we will outline the most important protections that employees in California enjoy. We will also provide information on how to...more
If you're a California-based employee, it's important to be aware of the state's labor laws. These laws protect employees from mistreatment and help ensure that employees are compensated fairly for their time. In this blog post from the Law Office of James Hawkins APLC in Orange County, we will discuss four important labor laws in California that all employees should know about. Read on to learn...more
If you think that your employer hasn't been paying you the overtime wages that you're owed, then you need to take action. Many employees don't realize they're entitled to overtime pay, or they don't know how to go about getting it. In this blog post from the Law Office of James Hawkins APLC in Orange County, we will discuss the steps that you need to take if you want to get the overtime pay that...more
If you have been terminated from your job, it is important to consult with an employment attorney. A wrongful termination attorney can help you understand your rights as a terminated employee, guide you through the legal process, protect your interests during settlement negotiations, and help you file a lawsuit if necessary. If you have been wrongfully terminated, it is...more
We’ve all seen wrongful termination cases in the news. We know that they happen, and we know that they can be very expensive to litigate. But what do you do if you think your firing was a wrongful termination? What steps should you take before going to court? In this blog post from James Hawkins Class Action Attorneys, we will discuss what not to do when you have been fired from...more
Are you involved in a class action lawsuit or settlement or are just curious as to what they are? You've come to the right place — the experts here at James Hawkins APLC have put together this quick review including some frequently asked questions about class action lawsuits.
If you have further questions or would like to get started working with one of our class action attorneys on your case, contact us today!more
California overtime law is designed to protect employees who work overtime. As an employee, you are entitled to overtime compensation when you work more than 40 hours in a week, and the overtime must be paid at 1 ½ times your hourly rate for all hours over 40. But many employers make mistakes that prevent them from paying overtime correctly, which can lead to costly lawsuits. In today's blog post from the law offices of James Hawkins APLC, we...more
Work-related tasks can sometimes be difficult to identify. Sometimes, people don't even know what they're supposed to get paid for. In today's blog post from the law offices of James Hawkins APLC, we will go over four common activities that many workers throughout Southern California do without pay and should be compensated for! Keep reading to learn more, and contact us with any questions you may have about overtime laws today.more
Wrongful termination is a scary and painful experience to live through. It severely hinders your confidence and can seem as though you’ll never see redemption in your career in extreme circumstances. This is especially taxing on your mental health if you are dedicated to your career. Workplace discrimination is illegal and immoral. Thankfully, you have rights as an employee and may be able to prove wrongful termination against your former...more
People put their entire heart and soul into their careers. In fact, the odds are that you spend a majority of your time at work. Hopefully, you feel safe, confident, and comfortable at work. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Sometimes, greedy employers take advantage of their hardworking employees. Not only is this practice immoral, but it is also illegal. Here’s how to tell if your employer is taking advantage of you.more
Overtime can be incredibly helpful around the holidays or in a financial pinch. However, if not handled correctly by ethical employers, overtime can become a dangerous practice. You can protect yourself at work by learning specific overtime rules and regulations. This is especially helpful for part-time employees, where overtime rules and regulations may feel a bit more skewed. These are the key rules and regulations that you should be...more
August 10th, 2020: Uber and Lyft must reclassify California drivers as employees, a state court judge said Monday in a pivotal win for state enforcers and workers' advocates that means the workers will get sick leave, wage minimums and other job protections.
Superior Court Judge Ethan Schulman granted the state a preliminary injunction to make the companies reclassify their drivers as employees, saying the state has a strong...more
Is price gouging illegal in California?
Yes, in certain circumstances. California’s anti-price gouging statute, Penal Code Section 396, prohibits raising the price of many consumer goods & services by more than 10% after an emergency has been declared. Beginning March 1st, 2020, the United States was declared under a state of emergency due to COVID-19.
Are you paid by the piece? Are you paid commissions? If you answered YES to either of these questions, then you may have not been provided with legally required breaks and may be entitled to compensation.
This month, in Ibarra v. Wells Fargo, the Ninth Circuit affirmed that Well’s Fargo’s commission-based compensation plan violated LC 226.7 by not separately compensating for time spent on rest breaks citing...more