Beverly Hills Employment Lawyers
The Akopyan Law Firm A.P.C. stands ready to fight for the rights of workers in Beverly Hills dealing with discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, or other illegal conduct in the workplace. The firm also stands ready to provide businesses in Beverly Hills economical and efficient solutions to problems involving employment law. Our substantial experience in approaching employment disputes from both sides gives us rare insight into the mindset of the opponent, which truly goes a long way to achieving the best possible outcome.
About Beverly Hills, California
Beverly Hills is a world renown city located in the heart of greater Los Angeles. It is home to more than 35,000 residents. It covers approximately six square miles and encompasses the following zip codes: 90209, 90210, 90211, 90212 and 90213. Beverly Hills was a prosperous and sought-after location long before it was discovered by the movie industry. Beverly Hills was blessed with the most precious commodity in Southern California: water. The source of this fertility comprises three dramatic canyons: Franklin, Coldwater and Benedict. Moisture gathers on the hills and flows down to form streams that join at the nexus of Beverly Drive and Sunset Boulevard. Native American inhabitants, the Tongva or Gabrielinos, considered it a sacred site, naming it the Gathering of the Waters or, in Spanish, El Rodeo de las Aguas. Before the arrival of Spanish explorers, the Tongva led a peaceful life nourished by abundant game and meadows filled with wild oats, cucumber, buckwheat, cress and prickly pear. The fateful first contact between these peaceful natives and Europeans occurred just north of what are Olympic and La Cienega boulevards on August 3, 1769. In 1838, the Mexican governor of California deeded the land grant El Rodeo de las Aguas to Maria Rita Valdez Villa, the Afro Latina widow of a Spanish soldier. Maria Rita, an early California feminist icon, built an adobe ranch house near the intersection of present day Sunset Boulevard and Alpine Drive. She employed a vast posse of cowboys and proceeded to raise cattle and horses. As was the custom of a time, Maria Rita permitted her livestock to wander freely, but once a year a festive roundup, another kind of rodeo, was held beneath a huge eucalyptus tree at the corner of Pico and Robertson boulevards. In 1852, three Native Americans ambushed Maria Rita’s rancho. A shoot-out and siege followed in a grove of walnut trees at Benedict Canyon and Chevy Chase Drive. Maria Rita survived, but the battle may have influenced her decision just two years later to sell the ranch to Benjamin D. Wilson and Henry Hancock for $4000. However, the legendary waters deserted the new owners; a drought decimated their crops and their cattle died in parched stream beds. However, their names live on today in nearby Mt. Wilson and Hancock Park. In 1900, Burton Green, along with several partners, purchased land for the Amalgamated Oil Company and commissioned oil exploration. After drilling many unproductive wells, they reorganized as the Rodeo Land and Water Company in 1906. Green and his wife renamed the land Beverly Hills after Beverly Farms, Massachusetts. Green hired the landscape architect Wilbur D. Cook who, influenced by landscape designer Frederick Law Olmstead, created wide curving streets that hugged the hills. The City’s first streets: Rodeo, Canon, Crescent, Carmelita, Elevado and Lomitas were constructed in 1907. Cook also created an emerald necklace for his garden city, with a three-block greensward called Santa Monica Park. To further stimulate development, the Beverly Hills Hotel was constructed in 1912 at the site of the Gathering of the Waters. It was served by a Dinky railroad, as wondrous in its day as the monorail at Disneyland appeared in the 1950s. The hotel became the center of community life, serving as theater, meeting place and church. The City was incorporated in 1914. Attracted to an elegant lifestyle made possible by the hotel, Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford led the wave of movie stars here when they bought an existing hunting lodge and had it redesigned into the their mansion, Pickfair, in 1919. Gloria Swanson, Will Rogers, Thomas Ince, Charlie Chaplin, Tom Mix, Carl Laemmle, Ronald Coleman, King Vidor, John Barrymore, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, Jack Warner, Clara Bow, Marion Davies, Harry Cohn and Rudolph Valentino soon followed and built stylish mansions. Life during the Roaring 20s accelerated with the construction of a huge, banked wooden racetrack, dominating most of the southern section of the City. The Speedway drove Beverly Hills further toward the center of America’s popular imagination via radio broadcasts of races that were on the same scale as today’s Indy 500. The speedway also was sometimes used as a base for another national craze: aviation. The very existence of Beverly Hills was threatened by a proposal to annex the City to Los Angeles in 1923. Los Angeles, proponents argued, would provide an inexhaustible supply of clean water for growth. Emboldened by their new local identity, residents Will Rogers (who later became the City’s first mayor), Mary Pickford and others mobilized local voters against the plan. Pro-annexation workers left bottles of the sulfur-smelling water on the doorsteps of every Beverly Hills home with a label that read: “Warning. Drink sparingly of this water as it has laxative qualities. Despite these “dirty” campaign tactics, annexation failed 507-337. This “war of independence” was perhaps the first union of show business and politics in our national life. Long before Ronald Reagan went from soundstage to governor’s mansion, Rogers, a wise cracking political humorist, became honorary first mayor of Beverly Hills. Rogers went on to play a part in the development of Beverly Hills by fostering construction of a new City Hall in 1932 and the establishment of a U.S. Post Office in 1934.
Beverly Hills continued to grow. Promotional materials from the period touted the young metropolis as “center of the next million.” Fortunately, human-scale public improvements helped soften the effects of growth. In the 1930s, Santa Monica Park was renamed Beverly Gardens and was extended to span the length of the City. The famous Electric Fountain was installed. A finely modeled sculpture atop the fountain shows a Tongva in prayer, homage to Beverly Hills’ heritage as a wellspring of fertility and abundance. In the post World War II years, Beverly Hills continued to develop as one of the most glamorous places in the world to live, eat, play and, especially, shop. The Golden Triangle, with Rodeo Drive at its center, was built and marketed to the rest of the world as the shopping destination of a lifetime. Many other glamorous hotels opened, notably the Beverly Wilshire, attracting visitors from all over the world. The City’s iconic image was enhanced with the spread of television shows and movies set in Beverly Hills, among them The Jack Benny Show in the 1950s, The Beverly Hillbillies in the 1960s and, more recently, Beverly Hills Cop in the 1980s and Beverly Hills 90210 in the 1990s. By the 1950’s, few vacant lots remained and developers cropped whole mountains to ease the housing shortage. Today, such excessive development has stopped and the population is around 34,000 and growing slowly. But the mystique of Beverly Hills as a place of wealth and beauty continues to grow as it has since the days of the Tongva — who taught residents to appreciate of the abundance of the present while preserving what remains of the past with reverence.
With offices in Burbank, Orange, and Riverside the Akopyan Law Firm A.P.C. is just minutes away from Beverly Hills. Our employment lawyers stand ready to provide world-class services and top-notch representation to the residents of Beverly Hills.
The Best Beverly Hills Employment Attorneys
Locating the right labor lawyer in Beverly Hills can indeed be a nuanced endeavor. The landscape is abundant with various firms, each with its unique approach. It’s important to recognize that not every employment attorney in Beverly Hills is a suitable fit for every case. Some may opt for swift, low-value settlements, preferring to avoid protracted battles that might ultimately lead to a more equitable resolution. When you embark on an internet search for “employment lawyer Beverly Hills” or “wrongful termination attorney in Beverly Hills,” you’ll likely encounter a slew of paid advertisements from attorneys who favor the path of least resistance. At the Akopyan Law Firm in Beverly Hills, California, our labor lawyers are unwavering in our commitment to achieving the best possible outcome for each client, regardless of the magnitude of the fight it entails. We place great value on delivering high-quality work for every case, which necessitates us limiting our caseload to a select number. However, every employee who entrusts their case to us becomes a part of our extended family. We take pride in offering first-class, personalized service, but we don’t expect you to simply take our word for it. We encourage you to peruse the feedback from our clients to gauge the level of satisfaction they’ve experienced. The relationships we cultivate with our clients often transcend the duration of the case itself. Our Beverly Hills employment lawyers are fiercely dedicated to our clients, a commitment that is validated by the outstanding results we’ve achieved. If you’re in search of employment lawyers in Beverly Hills, we invite you to reach out to us today for a complimentary case evaluation. Your pursuit of justice begins here.
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Featured Employment Case
Green v. Ralee Engineering Co. (1998) 19 Cal.4th 66
In this seminal case the terminated employee of a manufacturer of aircraft components sued the former employer for wrongful termination, alleging retaliation for his complaints about its inspection practices, and that his complaints served a broad public policy favoring aviation safety, entitling him to tort damages even though he was an at-will employee. The trial court granted summary judgment for the employer, but the Court of Appeal reversed. Review was granted by the California Supreme Court which culiminated in the opinion of the Court of Appeal being superseded. The Supreme Court, Chin, J., held that wrongful termination cases involving a Tameny cause of action under the public policy exception to right of employers to discharge at-will employees are limited to those claims finding support in an important public policy based on a statutory or constitutional provision. The Court explained however that the fundamental public policy may be enunciated in administrative regulations that serve the statutory objective. The COurt also held that federal safety regulations promulgated to address important public safety concerns may serve as requisite source of fundamental public policy, and that regulations implementing the Federal Aviation Act by promoting the proper manufacture and inspection of component airline parts are such a source. Perhaps most importantly, the Court held that regardless of whether the employer legally violated the regulations, the employee’s suspicion that it had done so was “reasonably based.” The Court provided the following rationale: Aan employee need not prove an actual violation of law; it suffices if the employer fired him for reporting his “reasonably based suspicions” of illegal activity. (See Collier v. Superior Court (1991) 228 Cal.App.3d 1117, 1125, 279 Cal.Rptr. 453 (Collier ) [“An agreement prohibiting an employee from informing anyone in the employer’s organization about reasonably based suspicions of ongoing criminal conduct … would be a disservice … to the interests of the public and would therefore present serious public policy concerns not present in Foley.” (Fn.omitted.) ].) Thus, though it may be unclear whether defendant, as a subcontractor or supplier, legally violated the FAA regulations, its alleged conduct in shipping nonconforming parts to an aircraft manufacturer violated the public policies embodied in the regulations. In other words, defendant’s alleged conduct may have contravened the fundamental well-established policy “delineated in” the act and its regulations. (Gantt, supra, 1 Cal.4th at p. 1095, 4 Cal.Rptr.2d 874, 824 P.2d 680.) That the FAA’s regulations place the burden on prime manufactures to establish quality control inspections systems, and not on subcontractors, does not imply that subcontractors may undermine or ignore the regulations by shipping allegedly defective parts to prime manufacturers. Therefore, plaintiff’s suspicion that defendant’s conduct may have violated the act and its regulations was certainly “reasonably based.” (Collier, supra, 228 Cal.App.3d at p. 1125, 279 Cal.Rptr. 453.)
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