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San Diego Employment LawyerWhether you work in the healthcare, hospitality, transportation, defense, technology, financial, or service industry, you deserve to be treated with dignity and respect at work. You’re entitled to labor and employment protections under federal and California law. If your employer has violated your labor rights, Ferraro Vega Employment Lawyers can help. 

Before founding Ferraro Vega Employment Lawyers, our lawyers spent years representing large national and regional companies in employment law disputes. We now devote our practice to representing employees only in litigation throughout California.

Our employment and labor attorneys understand how businesses defend against claims for unpaid wages and overtime, discrimination, and wrongful termination. We use that knowledge, expertise, and insight to get great results for our clients.

We carefully select the cases we file for our clients. When we take on a case, we work on a purely contingency basis – there is no charge unless we successfully win or settle the case.

We understand the difficulties that a job loss, unfair treatment, or unpaid wages can cause you and your family. All you have to do is give our employment law office in San Diego a call to learn more. Your consultation is free – so please connect with us by phone at (619) 693-7727 or contact us online today. We look forward to helping you.

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What Are My Rights as a Worker in California?

California is an at-will state for employment. Typically, an employer can fire you at any time, for any reason. However, they cannot fire you or take other disciplinary action against you as retaliation for engaging in a protected activity — such as reporting a company or supervisor for violating employment law, requesting accommodations for a disability, or making a complaint of workplace discrimination or harassment. Likewise, an employer cannot terminate you as discrimination due to a protected characteristic (race, religion, disability, age, etc.). 

Employees have many other rights under state and federal law. Perhaps most importantly, you have the right to be paid fair wages for your work, including overtime, meal period premiums, rest break premiums, and reimbursements. You also have the right to a job free from harassment, discrimination, and/or retaliation. Likewise, you may request reasonable workplace accommodations related to a disability.

As a worker, you are entitled to take any vacation or PTO you have earned under company policy. And you have the right to up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) for certain medical and family reasons. If you are a non-exempt employee, you have the right to meal and break times, depending on the length of your shift. 

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What Does an Employment Lawyer Do?

An employment lawyer protects employees in their job. An employee will often consult a lawyer if they believe their employer has violated their rights under state or federal law. For example, they may have failed to pay you wages or overtime, discriminated against you due to a protected characteristic, or retaliated against you for reporting the misconduct. Your attorney will review your employment agreement, employer policies, and relevant employment laws to determine if you’ve been mistreated.

Additionally, an employment lawyer will calculate the damages you’ve suffered due to your employer’s legal violations. They will also advise you of the best way to pursue compensation for your losses. They may initiate a lawsuit against your employer, or they may file a claim with a state agency to protect your rights, such as the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).


Do I Need An Employment Lawyer?

You may need an employment lawyer if you suspect your employer has violated your rights as a California employee. You may have a wage and hour dispute if they failed to pay you fair wages, overtime, rest breaks, failed to pay your vacation time upon termination, or misclassified you as an exempt employee or independent contractor.

Alternatively, you may need a labor lawyer if you are the victim of discrimination or sexual harassment — from a supervisor or a co-worker. An employer must take reasonable steps to prevent and stop harassment and discrimination based on sex, gender, age, race, national origin, and other protected characteristics. 

If you have experienced financial losses or emotional distress due to your employer’s misconduct. Our San Diego employment lawyer can help you obtain back pay, front pay, pain and suffering damages, and possibly punitive damages to make you whole again. Every case is different and we represent employees and workers throughout the Golden State in single plaintiff and class action litigation.

How Much Does It Cost To Hire An Employment Lawyer in San Diego?

We understand that many of our clients cannot hire a lawyer and pay the attorney’s hourly rate. This places employees, many of whom were just fired or laid off, in a disparate position compared to their employer, who has the resources, insurance, and skilled employment lawyers to defend the claim. However, every person deserves strong and capable legal representation regardless of their ability. That’s why many plaintiff’s employment lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, including us.

With a contingency fee arrangement, you don’t pay any attorney’s fees unless your labor law attorney recovers compensation for you through a settlement or verdict. If you don’t win, you don’t pay. This fee structure eliminates the risks and costs of seeking legal representation and promotes access to justice for all. There are never any upfront costs or surprises when you work with Ferraro Vega Employment Lawyers. 

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If you’ve been mistreated in your job, our San Diego employment attorneys will help you fight to make things right.

All Types of Employment Cases We Cover:

San Diego Wage and Hour Disputes

Wage and Hour Disputes

Under California labor law, hourly workers are entitled to overtime payment if their workday exceeds 8 hours. If you’ve been deprived of overtime pay, our employment attorneys can help you file a claim, secure the justice to which you’re entitled.

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San Diego Wrongful Termination

Wrongful Termination

While it’s true that most employment contracts are “at will,” there are some reasons that simply can’t be used as the basis for an employee’s wrongful termination. You can’t be fired for reporting misconduct, nor can you be let go because you refuse to reciprocate your boss’s sexual advances. If you suspect that your termination was unlawful, our labor lawyers will help you gather the proof that will be needed to file a successful legal action against your employer.

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Bonuses and Commissions San Diego

Bonuses & Commissions

The terms of an employment contract are binding. If yours entitles you to bonuses and commissions when certain milestones are achieved, your boss is legally required to extend that money to you. If you’ve been deprived of bonuses and commissions that you’re rightfully due in the course of employment, it is important to take immediate steps. Filing a legal action can force their hand and get the money you’re owed in your hands.

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Vacation PTO San Diego

Vacation & PTO

PTO and vacation days are wages that, if offered by an employer in California, can’t be revoked. Nor do they expire. If you leave your place of employment, the value of any accrued vacation must be paid to you. Our San Diego employment attorneys know these tactics all too well – and can help you put an end to an illegal withholding of compensation you deserve.

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Meal and Rest Breaks San Diego

Meal & Rest Breaks

If you’re an hourly worker, California law says that you’re entitled to meal and rest breaks. If those aren’t provided, your paycheck must reflect an extra hour’s worth of work. Unfortunately, these violations are often front-and-center in employment matters. Our labor attorneys will help you fight to secure back pay you’re owed if your employer didn’t give you time to rest while you were on the clock.

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Discrimination San Diego


Workplace discrimination is explicitly prohibited under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). It’s prohibited under Federal law, too. This means that you can’t be mistreated or deprived of opportunity because of a protected characteristic (e.g., gender, race, religion, disability, marital status, age, or military status). If you believe that you’ve been the victim of discrimination at work, our San Diego labor law attorneys will dig deep to gather proof and initiate legal action.

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Sexual Harassment San Diego

Sexual Harassment

Under California law, all workers are entitled to be treated with dignity and respect. Sexual harassment  – either quid pro quo or repeated advances that create a hostile work environment – makes that impossible. Victims of harassment in San Diego can pursue compensation for fallout – including damages for lost wages, medical expenses, and emotional distress and suffering.

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San Diego Class Actions

Class Actions

When multiple employees are mistreated, a class action lawsuit can be a successful tool. Our law group represents employees in PAGA wage and hour class actions, as well as issues involving other egregious violations of California labor and employment law. If your employer has violated the law and you’ve suffered as a result, we might be able to help you fight for a just result.

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San Diego Leaves and Accomodation

Leaves & Accommodations

Some workers require certain accommodations to help them do their jobs. Others need time off to tend to a medical issue at home. Both California and Federal law (e.g., FEHA, FMLA, ADA) must ensure that workers have the opportunity to take leave and have access to necessary accommodations, without repercussion or consequence. If the company you work in fails to provide accommodations or refused to allow you to take leave, it is important to consult our labor law and litigation lawyers. We can help you fight for what you need and protect your job.

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I called Nick Ferraro because of all the outstanding reviews I read about him. After working with Nick, I have to say that even the best reviews do not even do him justice. Nick is the most thorough and responsive attorney I have ever encountered. His follow up and attention to detail are impeccable. It is obvious he knows every facet of employment law like the back of his hand. On top of all that, Nick is just the friendliest person – even though we did not meet in person due to Covid-19, I felt like I already knew him through our phone chats and email correspondence. In short, Nick Ferraro is beyond outstanding and I would recommend no other attorney except Nick for any work-related matter.


Highly recommend this firm for their professionalism and commitment to their clients. Lauren Vega is a world-class lawyer! She is a great listener and clear communicator, which is exactly what you need in a situation that can be full of stress and uncertainty.


I am incredibly impressed with Nick and the work he does. He is knowledgeable, smart, diligent, patient and articulate – he knows his stuff and is thorough with his research. Unlike most lawyers I’ve come across in the past, he’s actually a nice guy who is sincere and genuinely cares about helping others. It was such a pleasure to work with him. He was understanding of my frustrations and listened to my concerns without minimizing or making assumptions. He was thoughtful and intuitive in his approach and explained things very clearly. If it weren’t for him, I’d still be tolerating an unfair work situation. I highly recommend him and would definitely turn to him again for help if the need were to arise.


Ferraro Employment Law was referred to me by another attorney who had nothing but positive comments and praise regarding this firm. Lauren Vega and Nick Ferraro are exceptional attorneys. Lauren Vega was extremely professional throughout our entire time working together and I felt that I could really trust her expertise. Her extensive knowledge, patience, and commitment to her clients really shows through and I can’t thank her enough for all the hard work Lauren has put into helping me. Lauren really took the time to help me understand the in’s and out’s of the legal process and answered all of my questions -which I know for most can be confusing and unfamiliar territory. I highly recommend Ferraro Employment Law.


I had the very good fortune to be referred to Nick Ferraro by a good family friend who happens to work in HR. While working with Nick, I have felt assured through the whole process that I have a lawyer that has the experience, is ethical, and can smoothly navigate through a very difficult, sudden termination of employment.

I trusted Nick from the very first conversation I had with him late on a Friday afternoon. By Monday morning, I felt I had a trusted adviser and someone that could navigate me through this difficult process.


I spoke with several lawyers about my situation, and only one or two were as kind and considerate as Nick. The others were hyper-concerned about whether or not they would make ‘enough’ money on the case, namely the contingency-based attorneys. Nick, on the other hand, cares about doing the right thing and helping people in need. You will find that he is a stand-up guy and an all-round decent human being. Not only is he these things, but he is also hard-working and highly effective. He was able to successfully play the games the company and their lawyers were playing in order to double the severance that they originally offered.


Our Cases

Actively Fighting on Behalf of Plaintiffs in Litigation Throughout California

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January 23, 2020

Ramirez v. Towne Park

Who does this case affect? All individuals who worked for Towne Park in California as a non-exempt or hourly guest service associate, valet, attendant, or similar position at any time during the period of January 23, 2016 through the present date. What are the allegations?… read more

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October 10, 2019

Belmontez v. MAAC

Who does this case affect? All individuals who work or worked as a non-exempt employee for any of the MAAC series of entities in California during the period of October 10, 2015 through the present date. What are the allegations? The complaint alleges (1) failure… read more

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September 27, 2019

Jimenez v. Reyes Holdings, Crest Beverage

Who does this case affect? All individuals who worked for Crest Beverage as a non-exempt or hourly employee in California during the period of September 27, 2015 through June 2, 2020. What are the allegations? The complaint claims (1) failure to pay all wages; (2)… read more

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March 16, 2020

Morton v. Karl Strauss

Who does this case affect? All individuals who work or worked as a non-exempt employee in California for Karl Strauss during the period of January 10, 2019 to the present date. What are the allegations? The complaint alleges and seeks civil penalties under the Private… read more

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July 15, 2019

Siano et al. v. Puffy Delivery, Monex Place Wellness, Stone Services

Who does this case affect? All individuals who work or worked as a non-exempt employee for the Puffy Delivery series of entities in California during the period of July 15, 2015 through the present date. What are the allegations? The complaint alleges (1) failure to… read more

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May 26, 2020

Mason v. Fairn & Swanson (Baja Duty Free)

Who does this case affect? All individuals who work or worked for Fairn & Swanson (Baja Duty Free) as a non-exempt employee in California during the period of February 12, 2019 to the present date. What are the allegations? The complaint alleges and seeks civil… read more

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July 9, 2019

Rojas v. Constellation Homebuilder Systems, Z57, Zurple

Who does this case affect? All individuals who worked as a non-exempt employee for Z57, Zurple, or Constellation Homebuilder Systems in California during the period from July 9, 2015 through November 30, 2019. What are the allegations? The complaint alleges (1) failure to pay all… read more

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May 14, 2019

Soto et al. v. Bonita Packing Co.

Who does this case affect? All individuals who worked as a non-exempt “Cooler” employee for Bonita Packing Co. in California during the period from May 14, 2015 through June 17, 2020. What are the allegations? The complaint alleges (1) meal period violations; (2) rest period… read more

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June 5, 2020

Angotti v. Azul Hospitality

Who does this case affect? All individuals who work or worked as a non-exempt or hourly employee in California during the period of March 31, 2019 to the present for Azul Hospitality Group, Azul Hospitality Management, Azul Hospitality, and related entities. What are the allegations?… read more

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August 16, 2019

Knox v. Planet Fitness (San Diego Gyms)

Who does this case affect? All individuals who worked as a non-exempt or hourly employee for the Planet Fitness gyms in San Diego County during the period of August 16, 2015 through the present date. What are the allegations? The complaint alleges (1) failure to… read more

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Contact Our San Diego Employment Attorneys Near You Today For Help

If your employment rights have been at work, you deserve competent and experienced legal counsel to help you. Our San Diego employment lawyers are committed to helping you navigate the legal process with dignity and with your head held high. We work hard on behalf of our clients and consistently get excellent results in both our individual cases and the class actions we file for aggrieved employees.

We genuinely care about the workers we represent and are honored to be entrusted with the privilege of serving as their lawyers. The fact that our former clients recommend us to co-workers, friends, and family is a testament to that. We are also frequently called upon by other lawyers – including litigation adversaries – to represent or consult their friend, professional colleague, or family member who has experienced discrimination, harassment, or unpaid compensation with an employer.

If you’ve been the victim of discrimination, harassed by a co-worker, deprived of the money that you earned, or otherwise mistreated in the workplace, our employment and labor law attorneys at Ferraro Vega are here for you. We look forward to working with you.

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