Rancho Santa Margarita Employment Attorneys
The trial attorneys at Akopyan Law Firm A.P.C. are prepared to vigorously defend the rights of Rancho Santa Margarita residents, whether they are employees or employers. If you have a just cause related to employment law, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us to explore how we can assist you.
Rancho Santa Margarita, California
Rancho Santa Margarita is city located in Orange County. Rancho Santa Margarita covers about twelve square miles and is home to roughly 50,000 residents. Rancho Santa Margarita lies within zip codes 92679 and 92688. Where schools, shopping centers, and residential neighborhoods now stand, Native Americans once lived. On July 23, 1769, they were visited by a Spanish expedition under Captain Gaspar de Portola, who camped near the site of Tijeras Creek Golf Course in Rancho Santa Margarita. On July 24, the expedition headed inland to avoid the many streams and swamps in the area. They found a large plateau area and camped that night on its western edge by a canyon, which the Franciscans named San Francisco Solano. This was on the eastern side of Trabuco Creek about three miles downstream from the present site of Trabuco Oaks. While camped here on July 24-25, one of the soldiers lost his trabuco, or musket, a most valuable possession to any soldier. To mark this loss, the stream was named Trabuco. The name has been associated with the mesa, the canyon, and the entire area ever since. The Spaniards founded Mission San Juan Capistrano in 1776, and ruled the region until 1821, when California became part of Mexico.
The Mexican governors carved the area around the mission into 3 large ranchos: (1) Rancho Mission Viejo; (2) Rancho Santa Margarita; and (3) Rancho Trabuco. James L. Flood and his partner Jerome O’Neill purchased the combined ranchos in 1882. The huge estate was run as a working ranch into the 1920s. In 1940, the ranch was divided, with the Flood family taking the lower portion, in today’s San Diego County, with the upper portion retained by the O’Neill family. In 1942, the Navy annexed the Flood family’s portion of the ranch for use as Camp Joseph H. Pendleton. In 1948, the O’Neill family donated 278 acres of canyon bottom land to the County of Orange for park purposes. The O’Neill family donated an additional 120 acres of parkland in 1963, the same year they founded the Mission Viejo Company and drew up plans for a master-planned community of the same name. By the 1960s, a rural cluster of homes had been present in Trabuco Canyon for decades. The area’s 1st tract developed homes didn’t arrive until late in the decade in what would become Coto de Caza, which started out as a hunting and fishing resort.
The area remained fairly remote until 1986, when the 1st homes in the new master planned community of Rancho Santa Margarita were sold. The economic boom of the 1980s also fueled home construction in nearby Dove Canyon, Robinson Ranch, Wagon Wheel, and a handful of smaller developments. The area became better linked to the rest of the county in 1992, when extensions of Oso, Antonio and Alicia Parkways were completed. In 1989, the people of the community of Rancho Santa Margarita (RSM) established a Community Civic Association (CCA) for the purpose of providing a political voice for the community. The CCA, later known as the Rancho Margarita Civic Association (and still later as the Civic Council), briefly explored self-governance, but it was in 1995 that the RSM Cityhood Committee, a separate community organization, began the official drive for Cityhood. Rancho Santa Margarita was planned to be an urban village, offering the best of 2 worlds: all of the elements and advantages of a small city plus the quality of life of a small village. In November 1999, area voters opted to incorporate the Rancho Santa Margarita Planned Community and the neighboring Robinson Ranch, Dove Canyon, Rancho Cielo, Trabuco Highlands, and Walden Communities. The newly formed City of Rancho Santa Margarita incorporated on January 1, 2000 and became the 33rd City in the County of Orange.
The Best Employment Lawyers for Rancho Santa Margarita
Rancho Santa Margarita, as a thriving community, offers its residents a wide array of legal professionals to choose from when facing employment-related legal issues. However, finding the right attorney with the essential skills and experience can be challenging, especially when online searches for “employment lawyer Rancho Santa Margarita” or “wrongful termination attorney Rancho Santa Margarita” predominantly yield paid advertisements from employment lawyers located throughout various areas. Selecting a lawyer who is well-versed in employment law and boasts a successful track record in handling employment trials and litigation becomes challenging when advertisements are the primary source of information. It can be difficult for individuals to determine an attorney’s expertise solely based on advertisements. At the Akopyan Law Firm, A.P.C., our team of attorneys has accumulated nearly two decades of experience each. We have consistently demonstrated our ability to secure successful outcomes for both employees and employers. Our firm prioritizes quality over quantity, focusing on providing top-tier legal representation. With offices located just minutes away from Rancho Santa Margarita, we are readily available to offer residents access to the highest caliber legal services. The Akopyan Law Firm A.P.C. has additional offices in Orange, Burbank, and Riverside, ensuring convenience and accessibility to our world-class legal representation. We stand prepared to serve the legal needs of the residents of Rancho Santa Margarita with unwavering dedication and expertise.
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Featured Employment Case
Arn v. News Media Grp., 175 F. App’x 844 (9th Cir. 2006)
A former employee brought action against former employer for retaliation and failure to accommodate a disability in violation of the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and wrongful termination in violation of public policy. The United States District Court for the Eastern District of California, Morrison C. England, J., entered summary judgment for employer. Employee appealed. The Court of Appeals held that, under California law: (1) vague conversations about stressfulness of job were insufficient to make employer aware of a disability that it needed to accommodate. While Arn had several conversations with his managers in which he indicated that his job situation was stressful, these conversations were overly vague. Arn never informed his employer that his stress was causing a disability or that he needed accommodations; (2) blowing whistle on environmental practices was not protected activity under FEHA. Even if Arn can establish that his complaints regarding his supervisor’s behavior were protected, he has failed to put forward any evidence linking his internal complaints with any of the adverse employment actions he raises; (3) complaints regarding sexually hostile work environment did not constitute protected activity under FEHA; (4) absence of evidence that employee was terminated for filing complaint with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing precluded recovery on retaliation claim; and (5) absence of evidence that employee’s refusal to participate in acts that he believed to be unlawful caused his termination precluded recovery on claim for wrongful termination in violation of public policy.
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