Wages & Wrongful Termination Attorney in Auburn, California
Michael Thomas Lynch
Attorney at Law
I have been an attorney for over 15 years and have focused my practice on Employment Law in Auburn, California, and the neighboring areas of Roseville and Sacramento. I can provide advice on employment law issues you might be facing and review documents such as contracts, severance agreements, policies, handbooks, and non-disclosure/non-compete agreements. I also provide representation regarding unemployment compensation appeals and lawsuits for unlawful termination, discrimination, harassment, unpaid wages, or retaliation.MORE ABOUT ME
Justice for Your Employment Issues
Knowing your rights can help you receive the income you deserve and working conditions that are mandated by law in the U.S. and California.
Failure to Pay
An employer must follow the prevailing wage laws relating to minimum wage and overtime pay, and if they have not been following the law, an employment law attorney can help get back pay and pursue justice.
Failure to Provide
Meal & Rest Breaks
Employers must also provide short breaks for meals and rest, which may be unpaid, to employees who work a certain amount of hours per shift. If your employer is not following this law, contact me to discuss your options.
Although many jobs are “at-will,” meaning you can be terminated without any reason, there are certain situations where termination is illegal, such as when it is based on discrimination or whistleblower retaliation.
Employment Law Services
Failure to Pay Lawful Wages
An employer who has failed to pay you minimum wage, overtime, or is actively withholding income has violated the law.
I can help if you have been terminated for an illegal reason, such as discrimination or retaliation for reporting unsafe conditions.
If you have been offered a severance package, an experienced employment law attorney may be able to negotiate a better deal.
If you are applying for unemployment benefits or you've been denied unemployment benefits and want to appeal, I can help you every step of the way.
Failure to Provide Meal
and Rest Breaks
You do not have to accept when an employer refuses to give breaks that the law requires. If your rights are actively violated at work, I will strive to find a favorable resolution.
You Do Not Have to Accept Illegal Work Conditions
Your employer should be following state and federal laws, and if they are not, and you are subjected to illegal working conditions, consulting with an employment lawyer is essential.
Michael was incredibly responsive and easy to work with. He was very knowledgeable, sensitive and non-judgmental. He always gave me options to consider and presented the advantages & disadvantages in an objective manner. I highly recommend him.
Michael Lynch went to bat for me. It did not take him long to solve this matter. I am pleased with his ability and his knowledge of the law. If I have any other problems that Michael Lynch can help me with I will be sure to turn to him.
Knows a lot about business law and gave good direct options. He handled all aspects swiftly and professionally, even delivering the painful truth with good advice. I’ve never needed an attorney before. I hope to never again but if you do, he is one to go to first.
Let our results speak for us.
Failure to Pay for Breaks
A client contacted me about not being paid fully for traveling to and from job sites. After researching, I also found that the employer had the employee use travel time to eat lunch. Such a requirement is in violation of the Labor Code. I recovered the travel time, and the employer had to pay my client an hours pay for each meal break violation.
A client contacted me following what they felt was a wrongful termination. My research discovered he had been misclassified as an exempt employee. A case was built around the subsequent wage violations and the client won a substantial settlement against their previous employer.
A client retained me to review a severance agreement following a recent job termination. During the review of the facts and agreement, it was determined that overtime had been calculated incorrectly by the employer. This dispute over wages was settled for over three times the initial severance offered.
An Employment Law Attorney That You Can Rely On
As a worker, you may feel like you cannot complain and have no choice but to accept the conditions of the employer or company who employs you. However, your employer does have to follow the law and offer you certain protections and working conditions. It would be against public policy to allow employers to do or pay whatever they want with no regulation whatsoever. There are laws to protect employees, and as an employment lawyer, I am here to help make sure you are not taken advantage of by your employer. If your employer is demanding you work unpaid overtime or commission, work off the clock or the books, actively withhold income, or pay less than the minimum wage, they are breaking the law. Schedule a free consultation today. I serve clients in Auburn, California, and the neighboring areas of Roseville and Sacramento.
Employers may also misclassify their employees as independent contractors, which is against the law. Employers may do this to save on taxes and insurance, but that shifts the tax burden to you and denies you protections you would otherwise have as an employee, like workers’ compensation insurance and unemployment benefits. I can review your employment agreement to determine if you have a case against your employer.
Most employers are considered at-will employers, which means your job can be terminated for any or no reason at all. However, facing termination for discrimination or retaliation is illegal. If this has happened to you, it is a good idea to contact me as soon as possible to evaluate your options.