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Santa Clarita Employment Disputes

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  • Attorneys usually are paid by the hour or on a contingency fee. Markson Pico LLP handles employment law cases on a contingency fee basis. That means that we're paid based on a percentage of your recovery. If there is no recovery, there is no fee. That simple.
  • No one can break out a crystal ball and tell you exactly what your case is worth-especially when translating emotional distress and anxiety losses into a cold, monetary figure. In the end, a case is worth whatever the jury decides that it's worth. Your Santa Clarita employment law attorney at Markson Pico LLP will keep a close eye on the local jury verdicts. We study similar cases. We assess the differences in the jury panels from one courthouse to another. Based on our collective analysis, knowledge and experience, we have found that our early projections about what a case may be worth are often consistent with the end result. If you wish to talk with us about what your case may be worth, call and ask to speak with our employment law attorneys.
  • First of all, you need to evaluate what you want to happen and what is the best way to get that accomplished. (It isn't always by filing a lawsuit or threatening to file a lawsuit.) It may be best simply to address the problem first with your employer's human resources representative or your supervisor (unless he or she is causing the problem!). Often, workplace issues can be resolved by the affected employee negotiating by himself or herself with the appropriate employer representative or engaging the employer's internal grievance procedure. (There are even government agencies such as the Department of Fair Employment and Housing ("DFEH") and Department of Labor, Standards and Enforcement ("DLSE") that may offer help.) If the employer's representatives cannot or will not help and the issue is not appropriate for one of the government al agencies, you might want to consult with an employment law attorney. Remember, it all depends on your evaluation of the situation.
  • You can, but the administrative claim and/or court processes can often be complicated, confusing, and generally difficult for someone who is not used to it. A Santa Clarita employment law attorney from our firm can help an employee address a workplace dispute by evaluating and pursuing all potential employment claims that a person who lacks such training and experience might miss. In addition, the simple fact is that our employment lawyer might be viewed by the employer as more of a threat than would an unrepresented employee. For this reason, the employee might obtain a quicker or more successful resolution.
  • With some exceptions and limitations, every employee has the statutory right to inspect the personnel records maintained by the employer related to his or her performance or to any grievance concerning the employee. Also, while an employee does not have an absolute right to a copy of his or her personnel records, they do have a right to a copy of any document signed by the employee that relates to getting or keeping the job, i.e. any document such as signed employment applications; employment contracts; warning notices; and, records of discipline. Employees can also take notes about the entire contents of their file (although the employer may properly remove certain types of documents, such as records related to investigation of a criminal offense, letters of reference, or records that were obtained prior to the employee's employment).
  • Call Markson Pico LLP at (661) 434-4333 or, send an email, for a free initial consultation with our Santa Clarita employment lawyer. This consultation is offered to the people of Valencia, Santa Clarita, Saugus, Newhall, Canyon Country, and the greater Santa Clarita Valley. There is no obligation. No recovery, no fee.

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