Branigan Robertson is an employment lawyer in Southern California. He represents employees all over California in wrongful termination lawsuits against employers. Contact the firm for a free consultation. Mr. Robertson is a contingency lawyer who practices employment law out of his Orange County office.
Unfortunately, employees are sometimes taken advantage of by their employers; harassment, retaliation, unpaid overtime, and wrongful discharge are extremely common. Mr. Robertson is an employment lawyer that represents employees throughout California who suffered harassment, discrimination, or wrongful termination.
Mr. Robertson has recovered millions in verdicts and settlements on behalf of employees. Workplace fairness is his passion.
Employment Lawyer Philosophy
- Mr. Robertson only represents honest clients.
- Mr. Robertson only practices employment law.
- Mr. Robertson provides uncompromising personal service.
What do employment lawyers do? After Mr. Robertson takes a case he tries to negotiate a pre-litigation settlement for the employee. Mr. Robertson loves to try to settle cases without having to fight in court. If the bad guys refuse to pay the employee fairly, then Mr. Robertson files a lawsuit using California employment law. If the case still does not settle, Mr. Robertson will take your case to trial.
Employees should not try to do this alone. You need a great attorney to handle all aspects of your case. An employment lawyer not only knows how to file lawsuits and exert tremendous pressure on the company, but having the lawyer automatically increases the value of your case.
Employment Law is Mr. Robertson’s Solitary Focus
Mr. Robertson focuses all of his attention on one area of law so that you can rest assured that your employment law matter is in the right hands.
If you have a dispute with your employer you don’t want to hire an attorney who takes everything that walks in the door – you want to hire an employment lawyer who dedicates all their efforts to employment law. He exclusively practices in the following areas:
- Wrongful Termination
- Hostile Work Environment
- Leave of Absence
- Disability Discrimination
- Reasonable Accommodation
- Sexual Harassment
- Other Types of Harassment
- Unpaid Overtime
- Severance Review
People get fired everyday across California. What makes a termination a “wrongful termination?” Do you need to hire an employment lawyer?
Without getting too legalistic, an unlawful termination does not mean that the termination was unfair. It means that the employer fired someone for a reason that violates California’s public policy. “Public policy” means that the termination violated specific rules contained in CA laws, cases, regulations or constitutional provisions.
For example, it is unlawful for a California employer to fire an employee because of his or her gender, pregnancy, age, race, disability, or taking of a medical leave. It may also be considered wrongful if the boss fired the employee for requesting a reasonable accommodation for a disability, or because the employee engaged in whistleblowing by complaining about unlawful conduct. It may also be wrongful if an employee is fired for standing up for and associating with victims of discrimination and harassment. If this happened to you we recommend that you contact a labor and employment lawyer immediately.
At the end of the day, you shouldn’t be trying to figure out whether or not your termination constitutes an illegal termination. Let the lawyer figure that out. Contact Mr. Robertson’s office. All consultations are completely free of charge and, if accepted, most cases are handled on a contingency fee.
Free Consultation & Contingency Fee
Some people are afraid to call employment law attorneys because they are embarrassed about being terminated. Don’t be embarrassed, unlawful termination is extremely common and we are here to fight for your employment rights.
If you’ve been terminated from your job don’t hesitate to call the firm for a free consultation. All cases are reviewed by an employment lawyer.
Since most people who just got fired don’t have enough money to pay for a lawyer, in 99% of cases, Mr. Robertson represents employees on a contingency fee. That means he only gets paid after he has recovered money for you. He gets paid a percentage of the recovery.
If you are here just to learn about CA employment law, then read away! We have an enormous library of information on these pages. If you are a visual learner, you can watch Branigan’s whiteboard videos on YouTube. Many of them are linked on webpages here as well.
The Value of a Good Lawyer
Employment law is extremely confusing and broad. When something bad happens at work, most people know they need help. But what exactly does a lawyer bring to the table? What does an attorney do for you?
- The attorney brings clarity and direction. When people call Mr. Robertson they receive clarity about their situation. Good lawyers ask questions, gather the facts, and then describe the best path forward. Sometimes that means a lawsuit. However it is far more common that Mr. Robertson tells people that they don’t have a case and a lawsuit is a bad idea. This can save you years of grief and anxiety!
- Hiring an employment lawyer also ensures your case is taken seriously by the employer. Unfortunately, your case will never be taken seriously by a company unless you hire an attorney. Threatening legal action without a lawyer is like trying to chew without teeth. It doesn’t work and you need a different strategy.
- The fear of legal costs and a verdict increases settlement value. The only way to obtain a satisfactory settlement is to exert legal pressure on the company. Good lawyers like Mr. Robertson know how to exert that pressure.
- Lawyers like Mr. Robertson know California’s employment laws inside and out. It is extremely common that someone calls our office concerned about one issue, only to discover a much larger issue by answering our attorney’s questions. The law is a confusing thing and normal folks shouldn’t spend their time trying to decipher it.
- Best of all, most good attorneys take most employment matters on a contingency fee. They offer free consultations as well. That way most people never give us a dime until after their case settles.
More About Branigan’s Office
As a lawyer, it is Mr. Robertson’s mission to provide the best representation to employees who have been treated badly at work. Sexual harassment, unpaid wages, retaliation, and wrongful termination should be a thing of the past. Mr. Robertson regularly appears before the judges in Orange County Superior Court, Los Angeles Superior Court, and San Diego Superior Court. He is also licensed to practice in Federal Court. He is a member of the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA).
For more information, or to speak with a Orange County labor lawyer or employment lawyer to find out your legal rights, please contact the firm today for a free consultation. Also, please note that by visiting this website or by contacting Mr. Robertson, an attorney-client relationship will not be formed until a signed fee agreement has been made.
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
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The Life of a Lawsuit
Lawsuits are extremely complicated. But when you break them down into parts, they become far less complicated. Generally, Mr. Robertson’s lawsuits follow a similar path. Here is how they go:
Step 1: Pre-litigation Settlement Discussions
In many cases, Mr. Robertson attempts to settle the case prior to filing in court. This is an attempt to avoid a long and drawn out lawsuit. Mr. Robertson prepares a demand letter that identifies how the law was broken and sends it to the company. If the company decides it wants to try and settle, a mediation is usually scheduled where the parties try to settle the case.
Step 2: File the Complaint
Assuming the case does not settle, then Mr. Robertson initiates the lawsuit in Court. This is done by preparing and serving the Complaint and summons. This must be done properly to avoid losing to any early motions by the company to throw out the case.
Step 3: Discovery
This is where the majority of the work in your case takes place. This step is where each side gathers information from the other side. Your lawyer will demand documents, examine witnesses under oath in depositions, send written to questions (also called “interrogatories”) to the other side, and a whole lot more. Likely, the company will depose you during this stage of the case.
Step 4: Mediation & Summary Judgment
Usually, after a good amount of discovery has been done, the parties try to settle the case at mediation. Around the same time, the defense lawyers sometimes file a motion for summary judgment, which is a big motion that tries to toss out your case. These motions usually fail.
Step 5: Trial
Fortunately, about 95-98% of employment law cases settle without the need for a trial. However, if you and the company cannot agree on a settlement amount, the case will go to trial.
This is where a jury of your peers will decide your fate. If you win, they will decide what laws were broken and how much money to award you. If you lose, the jury believed that the company didn’t break the law. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to predict what a jury is going to do. Even the best trial lawyers lose good cases sometimes. But if you have a good case and good legal representation, you maximize your chances of winning at trial.
Branigan is Here to Help
We know that there is a lot of information on this website. Some of it is probably overwhelming. Don’t worry about that. If you believe you have a case, call our office for a no obligation consultation. It’s completely free and we never pressure potential clients. All you’ll get is an honest look at your case. We can’t promise that we’ll be able to help you, but we can promise that a great attoreny will review your case free of charge.
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