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AVJustice Law Firm specializes in Employment Law, Wage and Hour Violations, Sexual Harrassment, Discrimination and Wrongful Termination.
Wage and Hour Violations
The AVjustice Law Firm aggressively advocates on behalf of workers who have been taken advantage of by their employers. Our attorneys handle wage and hour claims involving employer violations throughout California. For proven violations, California’s labor laws provide for the payment of all unpaid wages, penalties, other damages, and in most cases your employer will be required to pay your attorney’s fees.
Minimum Wage Laws
Meal and Rest Breaks
It is unlawful for employers to require employees to spend their own money for work but refuse to reimburse them
It is also unlawful for employers to require employees to use their personal cell phones for work related purposes and/or their personal vehicles without paying the employee for the cell phone use or use of their vehicle
Individuals who have been misclassified by their employers as independent contractors rather than as employees
Applicants for employment who have been forced to fill out an application that asks illegal questions
The law prohibits employers from firing employees (including “at-will” employees) in a variety of circumstances. Call us for a free consultation if you believe that you have been fired for any of the following reasons:
Acting as a “whistleblower” with regard to corporate wrongdoing (if you have information about corporate wrongdoing, you may also be entitled to a substantial financial award from the U.S. Government)
Refusing to engage in illegal or unethical activities
Complaining about wage and overtime practices
Objecting to discrimination or harassment
Questioning whether your employer has given you or other employees appropriate meal and rest periods
Complaining about accounting irregularities
Protesting fraudulent activity towards customers, vendors, or business partners
Challenging your employer’s decision to classify individuals as independent contracts when they are really employees
Taking necessary medical leave or participating in jury duty
Engaging in lawful conduct outside the workplace
Filing a claim for workers’ compensation benefits
Whistleblower Programs That May Reward You For Reporting Wrongdoing
The lawyers at The AVjustice Law Firm can help you navigate through the state and federal whistleblower programs that may reward you for reporting fraud by your employer (or competitor) committed against the federal or state government or for assisting the Securities and Exchange Commission in enforcing U.S. securities law.
If you have knowledge regarding corporate wrongdoing by your employer or by any other business (including a competitor), you may be entitled to a substantial reward from the United States Government if you act as a “whistleblower” and provide that information to the government. For example, the U.S. Congress created the Dodd-Frank SEC Whistleblower Program to provide monetary incentives for individuals to come forward and report possible violations of the federal securities laws to the SEC. Under the program, eligible whistleblowers are entitled to an award of between 10% and 30% of the monetary sanctions collected in actions brought by the SEC and related actions brought by other regulatory and law enforcement authorities.
The U.S. government also has a False Claims Act that allows the government to punish contractors who defraud government. Under the False Claims Act, anyone with evidence of fraud against the government who sues and recovers any amount will be eligible for between 15% and 30% of the total recovery.
Similarly, Congress also created the IRS Whistleblower Program allows citizens to submit information showing that individuals and corporations have underpaid their federal taxes. Depending on the quality of information provided by a whistleblower, he or she is entitled to 15% to 30% of the taxes recovered as a result of the assistance.
The IRS Whistleblower Program
The IRS Whistleblower Office, which was established by the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006, processes tips received from individuals who spot tax problems in their workplace, while conducting day-to-day personal business or anywhere else they may be encountered.
Such a tip could result in an award worth between 15 and 30 percent of the total proceeds that IRS collects could be paid, if the IRS moves ahead based on the information provided. Under the law, these awards will be paid when the amount identified by the whistleblower (including taxes, penalties and interest) is more than $2 million. If the taxpayer is an individual, they must have at least $200,000 in gross income.
If you believe that you have information regarding a business not paying all taxes owed, call us today.
As a client, you will benefit from the fact that as a former government lawyer, Mr. Villegas developed many professional and personal relationships with Prosecutors and Judges throughout Southern California as he handled over 10,000 criminal cases.
AVJustice Law also specializes in Criminal Defense and Personal Injury
INDIVIDUALIZED ATTENTION TO MEET YOUR INDIVIDUAL NEEDS
We understand each client has unique concerns, goals and needs in connection with resolving their criminal case. Mr. Villegas will develop and implement an individual case plan tailored to your specific needs and goals. Unlike other lawyers, Mr. Villegas listens, respects and values the opinion of each client.
A PROVEN TRIAL LAWYER ON YOUR SIDE
Certain cases cannot be resolved through negotiation and must proceed to jury trial to obtain the desired results for our clients. Lawyers are not created equal and most lawyers are not trial lawyers. However, Mr. Villegas is a proven trial lawyer who has consistently demonstrated an extraordinary ability to connect and persuade jurors, resulting in an overwhelmingly high percentage of favorable verdicts for our clients. In 2015, The National Trial Lawyers recognized Mr. Villegas as one of the top 100 criminal defense trial lawyers in California.
The AVjustice Law Firm represents people injured in car, motorcycle, bus, big rig, taxicab, or rideshare accidents, pedestrian injuries, dog-bites, animal attacks, toxic exposure and serious slip-and-fall accidents, among many others. In cases of death, we represent the family members or estate of the victim.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers||2015|
|Deputy Public Defender||Los Angeles County Public Defender's Office||2008 - 2015|
|Litigation Associate||Morgan Lewis & Bockius||2007 - 2008|
|Litigation Associate||Baker Hostetler||2005 - 2007|
|Summer Associate||Baker Hostetler||2003 - 2004|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Los Angeles County Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section||Executive Committee Member||2015 - Present|
|Mexican American Bar Association||Member||2008 - Present|
|State Bar of California||Member||2006 - Present|
|University of California at Los Angeles School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2005|
|Univ of California at Los Angeles||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2001|
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