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Craig Byrnes
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Employment Lawyer -- For the Workers
Employment Lawyer -- For the Workers

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After Hours: Can your Legal Activity Conducted Away from the Workplace get you Fired?
I. Can Your California Employer Fire You for Legal Activity Away from the Workplace? You've probably heard about the events in Charlottesville, Virginia. In sum, the city announced that it intended to take down a statute of Robert E. Lee, the Confederate ge...
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What to do as You're Being Fired
Losing your job can be traumatic. All of a sudden, you don't know how you're going to make your house payments or pay your rent. Will you have to move? What will happen to you and your family if you can't meet your bills? In an emotional, scary moment, it c...
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Advancing Toward Fairness: The Fair Pay Act of 2016
"Fairness is what justice really is." -- U.S. Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart Women earn less money than men. That is a truism of American life. A 2015 study showed that women make 79 cents for every dollar made by men. Substantial gender-based wage ga...
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Your Wages and What to Do if You're Paid Incorrectly
California jealously protects the wages of its workers for the most part. Paying workers correctly and on time is a fundamental public policy of our state. When an employer doesn't pay all the wages that it owes its employee, severe penalties and interest c...
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Justice for All: Workplace Law and the Undocumented Worker
I recently gave a talk to a group of soon-to-be college graduates about workplace law. I gave them an outline of at-will employment, anti-discrimination laws, and non-compete issues. I told them about laws relating to wages, and how California jealously pro...
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What is My Case Worth?
If you have had something illegal happen to you in the workplace, and you are considering taking legal action, you've probably asked yourself: What is my case worth? If you haven't asked yourself that yet, I urge you to think about it. Your legal issues are...
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Our Overly-Litigious Society: The Justice System is Out of Control
When people find out what I do for a living, I usually get an earful. Too many lawsuits, they say. The verdicts are too high, they tell me. The first thing I learned about being a good lawyer is that preparation is key. So I go to parties ready to hear this...
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