Attorney Joe Herbert
My name is Joe Herbert, and I am an employee advocate and personal-injury lawyer that is passionate about getting justice for injured victims of negligence and unlawful employment practices. Helping people who have been unfairly wronged is the driving force behind my decision to become a lawyer. I have been practicing law since 1997. Let me tell you a little bit about myself.
Before I ever thought about becoming a lawyer, I enlisted in the U.S. Navy right out of high school. I fixed the radar and weapons systems for fighter jets that flew aboard aircraft carriers. The work was demanding and the details mattered. There was no room for error because people’s lives depended on my work. This is exactly how I treat my clients and their cases – the details matter and you matter!
If you like checking out real fighter jets, I recommend taking your family on a tour of the USS Midway in San Diego, where you can see these magnificent jets up close. It’s also next to an active Naval Air Station on Coronado Island, and you can see helicopters flying almost at eye level. Such a marvelous experience.
Following the Navy, I worked briefly for the Department of Defense, but decided to change course and become an attorney. I was quite nervous about quitting my job and changing careers. I hadn’t been unemployed since I was 14. I knew that the road to a law degree was a long one, but I left my job, moved to Los Angeles and attended UCLA, where I graduated with distinction summa cum laude. After that, I went to law school at The University of Utah, which is an excellent school. I chose Utah because I was put on a waiting list at UCLA’s law school, and Utah offered a top-rated education at a very decent price, so off I went. Utah is a beautiful state, by the way. Following law school, I studied very hard and passed the California State Bar exam on my first attempt. Ta Da! I was now an attorney.
I have been practicing law since 1997 and in 2004 I struck out on my own. By working for myself, I get to practice law at the “retail level”. This means that I represent people just like you against large businesses, corporations and insurance companies. I don’t represent companies or insurers. Their lawyers are paid hourly rates and are usually in large law firms that love to bully and intimidate, but that doesn’t work on me. I am always up against a big law firm with many bright and capable lawyers, but that’s how I like it and that’s what I mean by retail law – me helping you. David vs. Goliath. The businesses I litigate against have lawyers lined up at the door to represent them, and those businesses don’t need any more help, but you do! So call me ASAP.
From the flight deck to the courtroom, my ambitions were realized. For many of you looking at this website, you’ve been hurt or perhaps fired. Have your ambitions been destroyed? Has someone stolen your dream? Have you worked hard, and through someone else’s negligence or bad management your life has been forever changed and turned upside down? If so, call me.
This is a fantastic career because I have a direct effect on people’s lives when I help them. When I represent you, I am all in and I live and breathe your case. You’ll be able to call me anytime and know that I am there for you all the way. The best part about this for you? I get paid an attorney fee only if I win! Now, if you decide to stop poking around my website, at least scroll down and take a quick look at the kind of law I practice.
Have you been fired? Demoted? Discriminated against? Denied medical leave? Owed wages or overtime? Harassed? I can help.
In my business as an employment lawyer, my adversary is typically a large law firm hired by the employer. The lawyers are well paid, and they spend tons of time trying to scare and intimidate you and me. But, I’m not intimidated by that stuff. It takes an experienced employment-law attorney who can distinguish the bullsh*t from what’s really important. The case law is dense, it’s changing all the time and there are gray areas. People should never face a former employer on their own or with an inexperienced attorney. In employment law especially, people need an advocate. They need someone on their side who understands employment law and who doesn’t get intimidated.
Determining fault in an employment case requires tireless investigation and commitment. A person’s livelihood and the ability to provide for their family is at stake. A fair and equitable workplace is a basic human right protected by state and federal laws. I offer confidential advice to help employees protect themselves, as well as litigation services to help them recover what they are legally owed if they have been wrongfully terminated or ripped off in their pay.
I have extensive experience in recovering compensation for my clients for working in a hostile work environment and dealing with sexual harassment, discrimination, unpaid overtime and being denied time off per the various medical and pregnancy leave laws, etc. Hey, if it feels illegal, it probably is. Call me to learn more about your rights in the workplace.
I have advised my clients of their workplace rights and helped them recover what they are owed for employment issues such as:
- Wage and hour violations, including missed meal and rest breaks
- Wrongful termination, implied contract and at-will employment
- Harassment and hostile work environment claims
- Discrimination due to disability, age, sex, and race or ethnic group
- Retaliation and defamation claims
- Whistleblower claims
- Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and other leave of absence violations
- Employment contracts, severance and benefits negotiations
California is an at-will employment state. This means that employees can generally be fired at the will of their employer for any reason, but not for an illegal reason. Employers are required by law to provide equal employment opportunities to their employees regardless of age, sex, gender, disability, race, religion and national origin. When employers fail to provide a safe environment for their employees or operate their business in such a way that there is discrimination or sexual harassment in the workplace, legal action may be taken against them.
There is also the issue of an implied contract for employment that protects employees. An implied contract is a non-written contract that is based on mutual understanding and expectations between two parties. An implied contract between an employer and employee may be established in the following ways:
- Number of years served – seniority
- Positive evaluations, promotions, salary raises or bonuses based on a history of good performance
- Company policies, written or non-written, describing acceptable employee behavior and/or disciplinary and termination procedures
Employers and employees are expected to abide by the terms of the implied (non-written) contract and these contracts, in certain cases, are legally enforceable. If an implied contract has been established, an employer may not fire an at-will employee unless there is “good cause” such as misconduct. To find out what justifies good cause for termination, contact Joe Herbert Law.
There are different legal options for victims of wrongful termination, and Joe Herbert can help you determine what course of legal action is best for you. Depending on your situation, you may be able to keep your job, recover a more fair severance package, or pursue a lawsuit and seek damages for lost wages, benefits, emotional distress, attorney’s fees and other costs depending on the unique circumstances surrounding your case.
Personal Injury Lawyer
Have you been hurt? I can help.
Negligence is something that deserves no tolerance, especially when your well-being or the life of your loved ones is at stake. Determining fault in any personal injury case requires intensive investigation, documentation and communication with every possible eyewitness. As a known “workaholic,” I would rather give 100% to recovering a fair settlement or trial verdict for each client’s case than be a “high-volume” attorney who is only out to enrich himself. Getting justice for people who have been wronged is what motivates me to be the best lawyer I can be.
Wrongful Death Lawyer
The pain of losing a family member because of another person’s negligence is the type of pain you cannot understand until it happens to you. I do not pretend to know exactly what you are going through. However, I do know that I will do my best to provide the aggressive and tireless legal support that you need during this difficult time. While I neither reverse nor replace your loss, I will fight for you to receive justice!
Confidential Employment Law and Personal Injury Law Consultations At Joe Herbert Law, we can explain your legal rights to help you protect your employment with a company, or your rights against a tortfeasor who has caused you harm. We assure our clients confidentiality and knowledge that come from years of experience with personal injury, wrongful termination, wage and hour, and other employment-related claims for individuals.
Joe Herbert Law has offices in Ventura and Los Angeles counties.
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