Frequently Asked Questions

If your employer has violated your rights, you probably have many questions. Most of those questions probably require a fact-specific analysis of your case by an experienced attorney. On this page, however, we try to confront some of the more common questions we receive. If you have more, feel free to contact us today by clicking here or calling us at (949) 954-8181.

Here are some of our most common client questions:

“How much does it cost to hire you?”

There are often no upfront costs to hire us. We usually earn a percentage of the award or settlement we win for you—called a contingent fee. We bear most of the upfront costs of litigation and take many of the financial risks of handling a lawsuit. If we win you money, we take a percentage of that amount. The percentage varies from case-to-case, but is often around 40%. This means that you still keep the majority of the money that we win for you.

We structure our representation this way to help provide you the best service. By working for a contingent fee, we align our interests with yours and create a strong incentive to work our hardest for you. Additionally, many of our clients would not be able to afford all of the expensive attorney fees and litigation costs up-front. To relieve this burden, we take care of the costs and bear the majority of the risk.

“Do I have a case?”

That depends on many facts. Our clients come from a variety of backgrounds and their situations vary greatly. Generally, however, your case must have facts that meet the standards necessary to sustain a lawsuit. There are many different kinds of lawsuits (also called “causes of action”), and the facts necessary to sustain the lawsuit depend on the kind of lawsuit that best matches your facts. Our clients commonly fall within one of the following kinds of lawsuits:

  • Gender Discrimination
  • Race Discrimination
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Disability Discrimination
  • Whistleblower Retaliation
  • Age Discrimination
  • Non-payment of Overtime Wages
  • Wage and Hour Disputes

If your case falls into one of the categories described above, or a different category that isn’t listed, there is a strong possibility that you might be owed money. The best way to find out is by contacting us today.

“What does the process involve?”

The first step is as simple as picking up your phone to call us. We will analyze your case to determine if we are a good match for you. If so, we will invite you to become a client—usually with no upfront costs to you. We will then proceed to communicate with your employer (or former employer) to secure your rights. In many cases, this might require initiating a lawsuit. If it becomes necessary to initiate a lawsuit, we will follow all necessary procedures to complete that lawsuit—whether through trial or through a settlement. Most cases settle before trial. This process may take several months.

“Will I have to do a lot of work?”

Not usually. Most of our clients find the process as easy and painless. We prepare the paperwork and take care of the most difficult and tedious aspects of the initial demand and subsequent lawsuit. Normally, we only ask that you provide us with honest answers to our questions, be available for any possible depositions, and assist us if necessary to gather evidence. We will usually take care of the rest.

“How much can I get?”

That depends on a lot of the facts involved in your specific situation—most of which will be discussed in our initial consultation. There are no guarantees of success, but there are factors that might lead to a successful claim. These factors include the kind of claim you have against your employer, the strength of your claim against your employer, the evidence available to you, the duration and extent of the violation of your rights, and the willingness of your employer to correct their mistake. These, among other factors, all combine to determine the amount you might ultimately receive.

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