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How Much Does an Employment Lawyer Cost in California?

Emanuel Shirazi

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Encountering a legal issue at work is never easy. Any situation that endangers your livelihood can be challenging enough, but when it involves laws and language you may not be familiar with, then you may feel overwhelmed. However, having an experienced employment attorney can help ease these anxieties and ensure your rights are protected.

A Los Angeles employment attorney can help you determine whether you have a case. If so, then you could be reimbursed for lost wages, missing benefits, and other expenses that resulted from your situation. If you believe that your rights as a worker are being violated, you can turn to a qualified employment attorney from Shirazi Law Firm, PC.

What Does an Employment Lawyer Do?

Employment law is a wide area of the legal system that deals with legal conflicts in the workplace. There are many types of cases,including:

An employment lawyer can represent employees in these cases and help them assert their rights in the face of mistreatment or illegal activity by employers. Within each of the above case types, there are several subcategories of cases that employment lawyers handle.

The Cost of an Employment Lawyer in CA

At Shirazi Law Firm, cases are taken on contingency. Meaning we only get paid out of your settlement.

All law firms are different, and they all charge differently for their services. Some employment lawyers charge an hourly rate, while others work on contingency. This means that the attorney takes a portion of your settlement if you win. This is how we operate at Shirazi Law Firm, PC.

It is important to note that many people who have experienced legal representation end up with a more significant settlement than those who try to represent themselves or use inexperienced attorneys.

When to Hire an Employment Attorney in California

It is important to find legal representation as soon as you suspect that there may be a legal issue at work. This can be difficult, as many problems develop quickly.

To properly act at the appropriate time, it is important to understand your rights as an employee. At a minimum, you have the right to work in an environment that is free of discrimination, hostility, and violence. Your employer is required to protect you, both with protective gear commensurate with your job tasks and by taking action if you report mistreatment.

All employees have the right to regular breaks and uninterrupted meal periods. As of 2023, you must be paid for at least half of your shift if you get sent home or called off work at the last minute. If you work more than 40 hours in a week, or 8 hours in a day, you are entitled to overtime pay that is equal to 1.5 times your normal rate.

If you need to take extended time off because of an injury or illness or to care for an immediate family member with an injury or illness, you may do so under the California Family Rights Act (“CFRA”)—which is California’s version of the FMLA. Although your employer does not have to pay you, they cannot fire you for taking this time off. If your employer fires you for a protected cause, you can file a wrongful termination claim.

Reach out to your attorney as soon as you identify any of these situations in your workplace.


Q: Can You Sue for Being Fired in California?

A:Although you cannot sue your employer for being fired alone, you may do so if they fired you for an illegal cause. Discrimination and retaliation are all illegal reasons for an employee to be fired in California. In these circumstances, you may take legal action for wrongful termination with the help of a qualified employment attorney.

Please note that an employer may legally fire an employee without cause but is prohibited from doing so for a protected cause.

Q: Is California an At-Will State?

A:Yes, California is an at-will employment state as of 2023. This means that employers may fire employees without cause, and employees may quit without a reason. However, the law still prohibits employers from terminating employment for protected reasons such as those based on discrimination and retaliation. If you are unsure about whether you have been wrongfully terminated, our team at Shirazi Law Firm, PC, is here to help.

Contact Shirazi Law Firm, PC

Our team at Shirazi Law Firm, PC, has been representing employees in California for many years. We work diligently to protect our clients’ rights and ensure that their issue is resolved quickly and with the strongest possible argument. During our many years in this field, we have seen cases of all types, and we are confident in our ability to represent you.

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