Frequently Asked Questions.

How long does the entire process of pursuing a case take?

Every case is different and some are certainly more complex than others. The majority of our cases, from the discovery process to the time of resolution typically take from 6-12 months.

Was my termination illegal if I'm an "at-will" employee?
There are many factors that may have made your termination illegal that your employer has not revealed to you that you need a lawyer to analyze. Your employer cannot terminate you because of your age, gender, race, color, country you were born in, religion, disability, sexual orientation, complaints you made about safety or wage issues, complaints you made about how your employer harassed or discriminated against a co-worker and many other reasons.

Also, if your employer made promises to you about you being employed unless they had a good reason to terminate you, you may have an implied agreement not to terminate you without good cause. While California is an "at will" state, there are literally hundreds of exceptions to this law that make it illegal to fire an employee. With our free evaluation, we can give you our opinion about whether your employer violated the law.

What if my former employer tries to hurt my credibility in my industry?
It is illegal for an employer to retaliate against an employee because the employee has participated in enforcement procedures. This protection applies not only to current employees but also to former employees and applicants. In other words, it is even illegal for an employer to give a former employee a negative job reference because the employee filed a claim against them.

Am I protected if I complain about any wrongdoing by my employer?
You are protected if you sue your employer or former employer, testify at a hearing, or assist the government in an investigation. Moreover, you are legally protected if you have opposed discrimination. For example, an employee who complains to the employer about sexual harassment at work is engaged in protected opposition activity.

Do anti-discrimination laws protect only women and minorities?
No. Anti-discrimination laws in this state protect ALL California workers from employment decisions based on employee status (gender, ethnicity, age, religion, etc.). If an employer pays a female worker better wages than a male worker performing the same job, that employer may have discriminated against the male worker based on his gender. Similarly, if an Asian-American worker who misses three days of work is suspended but a Caucasian worker who misses three days of work is fired, then the Caucasian worker may have been discriminated against on the basis of race.

Do I need to have comprehensive records proving my case?
No. That is part of what The Ramirez Firm does for its clients to build each case. Any information or documentation you have may be helpful to the case, but even if you have no documents at all, the information we need to conduct the case will be obtained through pre-trial discovery.

How much will retaining representation cost me?
The Ramirez Firm works on a contingency basis. This means that we do not charge our clients any costs or fees until we have become successful for our client.