Tustin Employment Attorneys
The trial attorneys of the Akopyan Law Firm A.P.C. stand ready to fight for both employers and employees in Tustin, California.
Tustin is a city located in Orange County. Tustin is home to more than 80,000 residents. It covers approximately eleven square miles, and encompasses the following zip codes: 92780, 92781, 92782. After the 1769 expedition of Gaspar de Portolà, a Spanish expedition led by Father Junipero Serra named the area Vallejo de Santa Ana (Valley of Saint Anne). On November 1, 1776, Mission San Juan Capistrano became the area’s first permanent European settlement in Alta California, New Spain. In 1801, the Spanish Empire granted 62,500 acres to José Antonio Yorba, which he named Rancho San Antonio. Yorba’s great rancho included the lands where the cities and communities of Olive, Orange, Villa Park, Santa Ana, Tustin, Costa Mesa and Newport Beach stand today. Smaller ranchos evolved from this large rancho including the Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana. After the Mexican–American War, Alta California became part of the United States and American settlers arrived in this area. Columbus Tustin, a carriage maker from Northern California, founded the city in 1868 on 1,300 acres of land from the former Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana. The city was incorporated in 1927. During World War 2, three military bases were established in nearby bean fields and unincorporated areas in proximity to Tustin: the Santa Ana Army Air Base, the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station, and the navy’s Lighter-Than-Air Base (where the huge hangers housed coast-patrolling blimps). In the 1950s, Tustin’s growth began in earnest. Freeways, quality schools, and post-war industries attracted thousands of people. The orchards were developed by builders and by 1970 the population had jumped to 32,000. Growth was a painful process as houses replaced orange groves. Old-timers and newcomers alike had to adapt to each other, cope with new problems and situations, and expand facilities to handle increased patronage.
The Best Employment Lawyers in Tustin
Tustin, thanks to its strategic location, stands as a hub of legal services, providing its residents with a multitude of choices when it comes to legal representation. The legal landscape in Tustin is rich, featuring countless lawyers and law firms eager to offer their services. Some are even willing to go to great lengths, attempting to rush into your living room to make a persuasive sales pitch. However, within this expansive realm of legal options, both employers and employees in Tustin encounter the formidable challenge of selecting the right lawyer to address their specific legal concerns. Navigating the complex field of employment law and addressing real-world legal challenges necessitates more than just any lawyer; it requires the expertise of professionals who are not only well-versed but also possess a wealth of experience, capable of providing top-tier representation. The process of identifying such legal counsel becomes even more convoluted due to the deluge of gimmicky radio advertisements and the ubiquity of cheesy posters on billboards, buses, and street benches. In this era of digital information, most individuals turn to the internet in their quest for legal solutions. A straightforward online search for “Tustin employment lawyer” or “wrongful termination attorney in Tustin” can yield a plethora of results, many of which are paid advertisements strategically designed to capture your attention. While there’s a place for billboard lawyers, certain cases demand a different approach—one that prioritizes quality representation of the highest caliber, delivered by seasoned legal professionals who have honed their skills over years of practice. At the Akopyan Law Firm, A.P.C., we take pride in our team of attorneys, each of whom boasts almost two decades of experience in the specialized field of employment law. We have garnered a solid reputation for consistently achieving success in cases involving both employers and employees. Our firm remains resolute in its commitment to prioritize quality over quantity. Rather than investing in flashy radio ads and catchy slogans, we dedicate our time and effort to the courtroom, passionately advocating for our clients’ rights. We do not merely ask you to take our word for it; we are more than willing to provide client references upon request. Additionally, you can peruse our online reviews, which serve as a testament to our impeccable track record and unwavering commitment to excellence. With offices conveniently located in Orange, Burbank, and Riverside, the Akopyan Law Firm A.P.C. is just minutes away from Tustin. Our team of seasoned employment lawyers stands ready to offer world-class legal services and top-notch representation to the residents of Tustin. When it comes to your employment-related legal needs, rest assured that you can place your trust in our extensive experience and unwavering dedication to securing your rights and advocating fiercely on your behalf. We are your dependable partner in navigating the complex landscape of employment law, ensuring that your legal concerns are addressed with the utmost professionalism and competence.
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Featured Employment Case
Joanou v. Coca-Cola Co., 26 F.3d 96 (9th Cir. 1994)
Former employees sued the employer for wrongful modification of severance plan to exclude them, termination in violation of implied-in-fact employment contracts and in breach of covenant of good faith and fair dealing, and wrongful denial of pension and welfare benefits. The rmployer removed actions to federal court. The United States District Court for the Central District of California, Richard A. Gadbois, Jr., J., The Court of Appeals, Cynthia Holcomb Hall, Circuit Judge, held that: (1) Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) did not preclude employer from unilaterally amending severance plan; (2) ERISA preempted common-law claims for welfare and pension benefits; (3) employees’ discharge due to organizational changes was for “good cause”; and (4) employer did not breach covenant of good faith and fair dealing. The opinion states in part as follows: “The proper inquiry to determine good cause will consider whether the discharge was within *100 the bounds of the employer’s discretion or instead was trivial, capricious, unrelated to business needs or goals, or pretextual. Wilkerson v. Wells Fargo Bank, Nat’l Ass’n, 212 Cal.App.3d 1217, 261 Cal.Rptr. 185, 192 (1989). “Courts must take care not to interfere with the legitimate exercise of managerial discretion.” Clutterham, 215 Cal.Rptr. at 797. Coca–Cola made a “business judgment” to sell the coffee portion of its business, eliminating the need for plaintiffs’ services. Plaintiffs have made no showing “that this reason was pretextual or that [defendant] acted in bad faith toward [them].” Id. Thus, even if we assume that plaintiffs created an issue of fact as to the existence of this implied-in-fact employment contract, Coca–Cola’s divestiture of its coffee business constitutes the requisite “good cause.” Plaintiffs additionally claim that their discharge violates the covenant of good faith and fair dealing. “Under California law, every contract includes a covenant of good faith and fair dealing, which requires that neither party ‘do anything which will deprive the other of the benefits of the agreement.’ ” Kern v. Levolor Lorentzen, Inc., 899 F.2d 772, 777 (9th Cir.1990). “[A] breach can be shown ‘where the employee can establish lengthy satisfactory service and that the employer acted contrary to its own policies in discharging the employee.’ ” Id. Plaintiffs presented no evidence that they were treated differently from other employees or that Coca–Cola acted contrary to its own policies. In fact, the MPG contemplated discharges for nondisciplinary reasons including but not limited to organizational changes.”
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