THE Legal Advocate is a diverse employment and unemployment law practice focused on consulting/transactional law, as well as administrative and judicial litigation. TLA represents both employees, from minimum wage earners and entry-level workers to C-level executives, and businesses/employers ranging from start-up companies, small business (1-99 employees) and midsize businesses (100 to 999) employees.
THE Legal Advocate's employment law services include alleged discrimination, harassment, hostile work environment, retaliation, unfair competition, wrongful termination, and wage and hour issues, in particular Private Attorney General Act (PAGA) claims and misclassification cases, i.e. employees misclassified as independent contractors or exempt employees.
THE Legal Advocate's consulting/transactional services include counseling clients through all stages of the employment relationship, from hiring through firing or quit, including new hire paperwork, required notices, discipline to separation of employment, WARN Notices, the interactive process, reasonable accommodations, reinstatement and severance agreements, pre-litigation negotiations and compliance throughout.
THE Legal Advocate's administrative law services include all issues under California's Employment Development Department (EDD) such as Payroll Taxes (Petitions for Reassessment and Misclassified Employees/Independent Contractors), Paid Family Leave (PFL), State Disability Income (SDI), and Unemployment Insurance (UI) claims and redeterminations; first and second level California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board (CUIAB) appeals, as well as administrative writs of mandate. Additionally, THE Legal Advocate represents both claimants and employers before The Department of Industrial Relations' Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DIR-DLSE) for settlement conferences and Labor Commission Berman hearings, as well as provides representation before the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Labor & Workforce Development Agency (LWDA) and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
THE Legal Advocate's judicial law services includes small claims to unlimited civil jurisdiction and complex employment law representation.
Secondary services include immigration (work visas), California State Disability Income or Social Security Disability Income (SSDI/SSI) for disabled workers; and traffic tickets for employees who must drive as part of their job duties.