C. Joe Sayas, Jr.

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Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in Glendale, CA

Law Offices of C. Joe Sayas, Jr.
 | 500 North Brand Boulevard, Suite 980
Glendale, CA 91203
Phone: 818-291-0088
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012, 2014 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1986
Practice Areas:
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (70%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Insurance Coverage (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Tagalog
Attorney Profile

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.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Employment Litigation (70%): Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation

Personal Injury - General (20%): Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff

Insurance Coverage (10%): Bad Faith Insurance

Focus Areas

Employment Litigation: Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation

Personal Injury - General: Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff

Insurance Coverage: Bad Faith Insurance


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Super Lawyers: 2012, 2014 - 2018

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About Joe Sayas, Jr.

Admitted: 1986, California

Professional Webpage: http://www.joesayaslaw.com/#!about/cet

Honors and Awards:

  • Top Labor and Employment Attorney in California, The Daily Journal, 2015
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Top 100 Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Joe Sayas' advocacy of immigrant workers in California has earned him the Community Champion Award for 2016, as given by the Philippine American Bar Association.  
  • State Bar of California

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • He regularly writes articles intended to inform and educate employees and consumers, which appear in his weekly column with the Asian Journal entitled : "Protecting Employees and Consumers".
  • Board of Directors, Search to Involve Pilipino Americans

Industry Groups

  • American Association For Justice
  • California Employment Lawyers Association
  • Consumer Attorneys Of Los Angeles
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    Office Location for C. Joe Sayas, Jr.

    500 North Brand Boulevard
    Suite 980
    Glendale, CA 91203

    Phone: 818-291-0088


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    Last Updated: 11/10/2016

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