It’s all about your goals – not ours. Lets face it, clients want to stay out of legal trouble but if a legal dispute arises, they want an experienced team of litigators who are attentive listeners, good communicators, and great advocates for their interests in court. We are proud to note that our firm is rated “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell – its highest possible national rating. Each day, our attorneys and staff do whatever it takes to provide the type of high-quality service that rating indicates to our clients. GrahamHollis (including its predecessor firms) has been in operation since 1995 and owns its own brick and mortar office building in San Diego with offices in Orange, Los Angeles, Sacramento and San Francisco.
It happens every day and in every line of work. Violations of California’s complex and ever-changing wage and hour laws are a regular occurrence. Employers either underpay their employees intentionally, or by not diligently researching the California Labor Code. An underpayment of wages consists of unpaid time, unpaid commission, lack of meal period premiums, and/or lack of paid rest periods.
Not every termination is legal. Although California is an at-will state, employees still have protections against wrongful termination. Most wrongful terminations stem from retaliation, or when an employer takes an adverse employment action against an employee for speaking out or helping in an investigatory matter. If your company is being sued, you have every right to help in the investigation without being fired or demoted.
Employees always have a right to be free from discrimination and harassment in the workplace. California holds more protection than federal law when it comes to workplace harassment, especially sexual harassment. Unlike federal law, co-workers who are not supervisors can be sued and held personally responsible for unlawful workplace harassment.
The workplace is an area where disputes of various types are commonplace. Most disputes aren’t actionable. However, sometimes these disputes can form the basis of a legal complaint. For example, if an employee is retaliated against for complaining about activities she believes are illegal then there may be a claim for retaliation. Employees are sometimes subjected to adverse employment decisions because they have taken leave for a pregnancy or disability and these too can give rise to a legal claim.
We’re trial lawyers. Our passion is championing the rights of individuals and small businesses. Yes, we know how to draft contracts and push papers across our desks. But we prefer to leave most of that to the transactional lawyers. We choose life in the courtroom representing aggrieved plaintiffs and defending the little guy from meritless claims. We delight in taking on the big corporate interests. David and Goliath. And you know how that story ends