Orange County Employment Attorneys.

Orange County employees have many rights. The exercise of those rights, however, may be time sensitive. So employees could be waiving their legal rights simply by not exercising them. Our Orange County attorneys help protect these rights. Contact us today: (855) 783-9675.

Local
With an office located in Irvine, we represent clients all over Orange County.
Available
Your needs are our priority. We’ll work around your schedule to make sure the process is as easy as possible.
Trustworthy
We provide ethical representation and transparent billing practices that you can trust.
Contingent Fee
Our contingent fee structure means that we only get paid if you get money. We charge you a percentage of what we win for you.
Our Lawyers.

Partner

Justin Lo

Partner

Your questions answered.Do I have any rights with my employer?Do I have a strong case?What factors are considered in assessing my case?What are your legal fees?How do I know if my rights have been violated?Can my employer retaliate if I bring an employment law claim?Do you handle workplace harassment lawsuits?Is there a difference between employees and independent contractors?Where are you located?
Your questions answered.

Click the questions below to see answers to our frequently asked questions, or contact our Orange County employment lawyers today at (855) 783-9675.

Do I have any rights with my employer?

Yes.

Employees in Orange County have many rights under California’s employment law.

The scope of those rights, however, will depend on the specific facts of your case. If you believe your employer has violated your rights, you probably have many questions. The best way to answer those questions is to get in touch with an employment attorney from Smith & Lo, Employment Lawyers. Our consultation is free, to make the process easy. Get in touch: (855) 783-9675.

Do I have a strong case?

Maybe.

The strength of a case is a fact-specific question. Our free consultations can help assess this for you.

Every case is different. There is no one-size-fits-all formula that we can apply to your claim. Instead, our Orange County employment attorneys take a case-by-case approach. We’ll look at the facts of your specific case. Then, using our knowledge of the law, we can tell you whether your case is strong and whether it is worth fighting. If we decide to take your case, we’ll represent you on a contingent fee basis—meaning, you don’t pay any upfront costs. Call our Orange County office at: (855) 783-9675.

What factors are considered in assessing my case?
Everyone’s case is different, including yours. It is hard to accurately determine the strength of your case until we speak with you and perform some investigation and research. However, the following general questions are a good place to start.

If you were fired, demoted, or suspended without pay:

Did you recently report, refuse to participate in or object to illegal activity in the company?
Did you reveal that you have a medical condition, surgery, or had become pregnant?
Did you recently serve on a jury?
Did you recently serve in the military? Were you recently deployed?
Did you give information in a lawsuit or provide evidence in another lawsuit against the company?
Did you recently take family or medical leave?
Did you tell your employer that regular wages, overtime or benefits were overdue?
Did you mention any workplace safety violations to your supervisor?
If you feel that you were treated differently for the following protected classes, you might have a discrimination claim:
Race;
Sex;
Religion;
Ethnicity;
Disability;
Age;
Sexual orientation;
Pregnancy; or
National origin.
What are your legal fees?

We work on a contingent fee basis.

This means there are no upfront charges and we only get paid if you get paid.

Hiring us is easy because we do not charge upfront legal fees for our cases. We take most employment litigation cases on a contingency basis. We only get paid a percentage of whatever you recover. We only get paid if you get paid.

How do I know if my rights have been violated?

It’s easy: Contact an attorney.

Learning about your rights is as simple as picking up the phone or sending us an e-mail. We’re here to help!

If you don’t know your rights in the workplace, don’t worry! Many Orange County employees aren’t sure whether their employer is allowed to take certain actions. Rather than guessing or performing do-it-yourself legal research, wouldn’t it be easier to simply call an employment lawyer? Our consultations are free and confidential. So there is little-to-no risk in contacting us. Our attorneys are ready to listen to your situation today: (855) 783-9675.

Can my employer retaliate if I bring an employment law claim?

Often, no.

In many cases, Orange County employers are prohibited by law from taking retaliatory action against their employees.

This means that Orange County employees can often pursue their rights without fear of reprimand from their employer. The attorneys at Smith & Lo can help assess whether this is the case in your particular situation. Our consultations are confidential and free. The confidentiality helps ensure that nothing you say to our attorneys will ever get back to your employer. Moreover, our free consultations take the stress out of meeting with an attorney. We’ll help give you the power to know what the best decision is for you and your family.

Do you handle workplace harassment lawsuits?

Absolutely.

Workplace harassment is extensively regulated in California. We help make sure Orange County employers follow the law.

Employees in Orange County enjoy a number of protections from harassment in the workplace. For example, an employer cannot verbally harass someone due to their membership in a protected class (like being a member of a particular religion, race, sexual orientation, gender, or age group). Nor can an employer physically touch, sexually harass, or depict inappropriate images in the workplace. Depending on a number of factors, employees that have been the victim of unlawful harassment may be entitled to money damages from their employer. Often, the best way to obtain those money damages is to contact a local lawyer. The Orange County attorneys at Smith & Lo can help: (855) 783-9675.

Is there a difference between employees and independent contractors?

Yes.

Whether someone is considered an employee or an independent contractor makes a significant difference in California and federal employment and labor law cases. Employees are generally granted more protection under employment law than independent contractors

Employers sometimes misclassify employees as independent contractors because there are big cost savings. If an employer classifies someone as an independent contractor, they do not have to provide or pay:

Payroll taxes.
Minimum wage or overtime.
Provide minimum rest breaks or meal periods.
Reimburse business expenses.
Workers compensation insurance.
Not responsible for unemployment insurance, disability insurance or social security.

Employment and labor law cases are often complex and require planning, investigation, and review. Some cases resolve within 5-7 months, while others may take between 2 to 3 years. The following factors play a role in how long it will take your case to resolve:

The complexity of the legal issues in your case.
The availability and number of people who are providing testimony and evidence in your case. To fully develop your case, we have to interview the witnesses who are testifying in your favor and examine the statements of all defense witnesses as well. Witness availability is often affected by work schedules, sickness, or unforeseen family emergencies.
California court delays. California courts are currently undergoing a budget crisis that limits their ability to hear and resolve matters between parties. Jury trials are often rescheduled several times due to the lack of available courtrooms.
The disposition of an employer to settle a case. Some employers do not offer reasonable settlements, while other employers believe that fighting and stalling a case will help them. We cannot predict how an employer will react.

We will always update our clients to any significant change in their case. We understand that filing a lawsuit is an anxious time. We strive to stay in regular contact with all clients to keep them informed of the progress of their case.

Where are you located?

In both Orange County and Los Angeles. Our Orange County office is located in Irvine:

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