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Woodland Hills Misclassification Attorney

In California, many workers face challenges with employment misclassification. This is a pressing issue that strips employees of rightful benefits and protections. 

The Law Office of Payab & Associates is here to fight for those affected by this unfair practice. We understand the nuances of California labor laws and possess extensive experience in securing justice for our clients. 

Misclassification can cause you to lose crucial benefits such as healthcare, overtime pay, and job security. We stand ready to advocate for your rights. Our job is to hold employers accountable. We want to make sure they respect the law and treat employees fairly. 

With thorough legal knowledge and a passion for justice, we offer personalized strategies to reclaim your rights. We have helped many Californians navigate employment law and obtain the compensation and recognition they deserve. Trust us to help restore fairness and dignity to your work life.

If you’ve been the victim of employment misclassification, call our Woodland Hills office at (818) 918-5522 and schedule an appointment with our team.

What Is Employment Misclassification?

Employment misclassification is a bad-faith practice wherein employers wrongly label workers as independent contractors instead of employees. This deliberate action denies workers rightful benefits and protections under employment law. Misclassified workers miss out on health insurance, overtime pay, and job security. Employers might misclassify employees to reduce payroll costs. By reclassifying their workforce, they avoid certain taxes and the expense of employee benefits.

Workers can suffer a wide range of problems when they’ve been misclassified. They lose access to unemployment insurance, workers' compensation, and minimum wage rights. When it’s tax time, misclassified employees bear the burden of paying both employer and employee payroll taxes. 

California labor laws strictly address misclassification. It imposes penalties on employers who violate these rules, and it gives workers the right to challenge their status and seek reclassification. 

If you’ve been deliberately misclassified, we can help you seek legal action. We may be able to recover your lost wages, unpaid overtime, and any additional compensation you deserve. 

Steps to Take if You’ve Been Misclassified

If you believe your employer has misclassified you as an independent contractor, start by gathering evidence

  1. Collect emails, contracts, and any communications that detail your working conditions and responsibilities. 
  2. Review these documents to pinpoint instances where your role aligns more with an employee than a contractor

Next, consult with our team. We can help you understand your rights, and we can compare your work experience with the legal definitions of independent contractors and employees.

With our help, you can then file a complaint with the California Labor Commissioner's Office. Our team can help you include all the necessary documentation to support your claim of misclassification. The office will investigate your case. If it sees evidence of misclassification, it may audit your employer's classification practices. 

The next step may be attending a hearing. During this process, you present your evidence of misclassification. Our team will help you prepare for this hearing, and we may be able to represent you during the proceedings. Make sure you continue to document your work activities and any retaliatory actions by the employer.

Our firm knows the ins and outs of California labor law. If you’ve been misclassified, we can investigate your case and look for firm evidence of your mistreatment. You can set up a time with our Woodland Hills team by contacting us online.

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Why Choose The Law Office of Payab & Associates?

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