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    Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Too often, workers are mistreated by their employers. It is important to retain a Los Angeles employment attorney who understands how crucial it is that justice is secured in discrimination and unpaid wage disputes between employers and employees. James A. De Sario is an attorney at the Nourmand Law Firm who has successfully handled cases in the areas of employment discrimination, wage and hour, and personal injury. He takes great satisfaction from advocating on behalf of workers because he comes from a working class background.

Mr. De Sario is dedicated to securing justice and compensation for people wronged by an employer, third party, or insurer. He graduated from UC Irvine with a B.S. in Political Science, and he graduated from University of West Los Angeles Law School in 2006. He is admitted to practice before the California Supreme Court, the United States District Court in the Central District of California, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He belongs to the California Employment Lawyers Association.Wage and Hour Laws

Working people may face difficulty in making ends meet. This challenge is made even harder by an employer that fails to obey wage and hour laws in an effort to save money. Wage and hour violations can include failing to pay minimum wage, failing to pay overtime, refusing to permit breaks, misclassifying workers as exempt or as independent contractors, failing to pay a promised bonus, and forcing employees to complete work off the clock. If your employer withholds wages to which you are legally entitled, you may need to file a lawsuit. Remedies can include back pay and unpaid overtime.

California’s minimum wage is in flux, as are Los Angeles’ local requirements. In California, the minimum wage is gradually increasing based on the size of the employer. In 2018, the minimum wage is $10.50 for employers that have at least 25 employees and $11 for employers with 26 or more employees. However, in 2019, smaller employers will need to pay a minimum wage of $11, and larger employers will need to pay a minimum wage of $15. As of July 2017, the minimum wage that must be paid in the city of Los Angeles if your employer has at least 26 employees is $12/hr., and the minimum wage if your employer has 25 or fewer employees is $10.50/hr. The minimum wage as of that date for nonprofits with 26 or more employees and approval to pay a deferred rate was also $10.50. However, as of July 2018, the minimum wage that must be paid by larger employers is $13.25/hr., while the minimum wage for smaller employers and certain nonprofits is $12/hr. As of July 2019, the minimum wage for larger employers is $14.25/hr., and the minimum wage for smaller employers is $13.25/hr. These minimum wages will increase until July 2021, when they will be $15/hr. for employees of all employers.

Employment Discrimination

Employment discrimination is forbidden in California under both state and federal laws. The Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) is the state law under which you can bring a lawsuit if you are subjected to discrimination or harassed based on a protected characteristic. Protected characteristics include race, gender, disability, national origin, religious creed, and more.

Although the general rule is that employment is at will in California, you cannot be terminated for illegal reasons under state and federal laws that apply, including anti-discrimination laws like FEHA. If you faced discrimination, harassment, or retaliation on the job based on a protected characteristic, you may be entitled to sue your employer for wrongful termination. If you are successful in your case, you will be entitled to recover damages. These may include lost wages, emotional distress, and punitive damages.

Contact a Skilled Los Angeles Attorney for Your Employment Claim

If you are interested in holding your employer accountable for mistreating you, James De Sario may be able to represent you. He offers aggressive legal representation to workers who have been harmed in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Palm Springs, Beverly Hills, Van Nuys, Santa Ana, Newport Beach, and other cities in San Diego, San Bernardino, Los Angeles, Riverside, and Orange Counties. Call us at 800-700-WAGE (9243) or contact us through our online form.


J.D., University of West Los Angeles Law School, 2006
B.S. in Political Science, University of California at Irvine, 1998

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

California Supreme Court
U. S. District Court, Central District of California 
U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit

Professional & Bar Association Memberships
California Employment Lawyers Association