Joe Sayas, Jr., Esq. brings more than 25 years of litigation and trial experience fighting for employees, injured individuals, and consumers harmed by unfair practices of insurance companies and big businesses. His tireless work has resulted in recoveries of over $100 million for clients and their families.
Joe Sayas is lead counsel in a class action that sought employee status for more than 500 truck drivers, challenging the long established industry practice of classifying port drivers as independent contractors. Joe’s tenacity during this hard fought litigation against two major defense law firms resulted in a court judgment which ruled that the drivers are employees as a matter of law.
The case sets a major precedent in changing trucking industry practices in the biggest port in the United States. Not only did it stop the unlawful practice of deducting fuel and insurance costs from the drivers’ pay. With their employee status, the drivers collectively obtained benefits they did not have before: health insurance, retirement benefits, paid medical and vacation leaves, pay for every hour worked, and Workers Compensation protection.
From the cash fund of $11,040,000.00 recovered in the case, back wages were paid to the workers. This favorable impact, however, did not stop with drivers in the class action. Other port trucking companies have followed Defendants, by transitioning to an employee model, enabling workers access to employment benefits.
Joe has fought for thousands of working men and women in recovering wages from employers in a variety of industries. They include nurses, accountants, therapists, parking attendants, caregivers, housekeepers, technicians, salespersons, couriers, phlebotomists, to those employed in offices, hospitals, aerospace, supermarket, laboratory, restaurants, and warehouses. Similarly, changes in employers’ practices resulted from this litigation.
Joe continues to fight for the civil rights of those who need it most. He is trial counsel to the family of a mentally disabled who, instead of being granted accommodation, was brutally killed by police officers. He fights on behalf of immigrant workers who survived labor human trafficking, including employees unlawfully discriminated on account of their disability, race, and sex.
The Daily Journal, California’s newspaper for the legal community, honored Joe Sayas as a Top Labor and Employment Attorney in the state. He was previously featured on the cover of the newspaper’s Verdicts and Settlements issue in recognition of his legal victories for consumers. Joe Sayas has been consistently rated as a Super Lawyer by the Los Angeles Magazine, and a recipient of the Community Champion Award for his pro-employee advocacy.
Joe graduated from the Georgetown University Law Center and the University of the Philippines.
Super Lawyers: 2012, 2014 - 2017
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Last Updated: 11/10/2016