C. Joe Sayas, Jr.

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Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in Glendale, CA

Law Offices of C. Joe Sayas, Jr.
 | 500 North Brand Boulevard, Suite 980
Glendale, CA 91203
Phone: 818-291-0088
Fax: 818-240-9955
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2012, 2014 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1986
Practice Areas:
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (50%),
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Tagalog
    Attorney Profile

    Selected as one of the state's top employment and labor law attorneys by the law publication - the Daily Journal, C. Joe Sayas, Jr. has devoted his more than 25-year legal career to protecting workers’ rights. He has fought for employees discriminated due to disability, race, or sex, including thousands harmed by employer wage theft in both individual and class actions.

     In the civil rights area, his efforts led to significant recoveries in labor human trafficking and police misconduct cases.  Achieving justice for consumers, he successfully prosecuted serious personal injuries, insurance bad faith, and unfair business practice actions against insurance carriers and big businesses. Fighting the David v. Goliath battles, he had obtained recoveries totaling nine figures for clients and their families.

    As class action counsel, Joe Sayas challenged the Long Beach port trucking industry practice of classifying its drivers as independent contractors.  He successfully obtained a court judgment holding that his client drivers are employees, and helped create a fund of $11.04 million for 500 drivers. This is the highest wage class action recovery for port truck drivers in the port’s history.

    Joe Sayas’ efforts did not stop with the monetary recovery. He fought to have the companies reclassify the drivers to become employees, further resulting in a long term favorable impact at work. Not only did the unlawful deductions on drivers’ wages end when they became employees. The workers later enjoy health insurance, paid leaves, and retirement benefits. Several companies in the biggest port in the country followed a change into the employee model, resulting in benefits to more workers.

    In recognition of his advocacy for the rights of the underprivileged and the minorities in the courtroom, Joe Sayas is 2018’s Presidential Awardee for Outstanding Filipino Overseas. He has been selected as a Super Lawyer by the Los Angeles Magazine for the last 7 years. He has also received the Community Champion Award from the Philippine American Bar Association, and the Justice Award from the Migrant Center.

    Joe Sayas earned his legal degrees from Georgetown University Law Center and the University of the Philippines.

    Practice Areas
    • 50%Employment & Labor: Employee
    • 40%Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
    • 10%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    Focus Areas

    Wage & Hour Laws, Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff


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    Super Lawyers: 2012, 2014 - 2021

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    About Joe Sayas, Jr.

    Admitted: 1986, California

    Professional Webpage: https://www.joesayaslaw.com/joe-sayas


    • The Presidential Awards for Filipino Individuals  Overseas is a biennial awards system intended to give recognition to Filipinos overseas who have distinguished themselves in their profession and have brought honor to the Filipino people. The Award recognizes the efforts of Joe Sayas in protecting the rights of the underprivileged and the minorities, and for serving as the voice of Fiipino-Americans in US courtrooms., Presidential Awardee for Filipino Individual Overseas, Office of the President, Republic of the Philippines, 2018
    • The Filipino Migrant Center of Long Beach, California presented this Justice Award in recognition of Joe Sayas' bold and impactful defense of civil rights of Filipinos and low wage earners. , Justice Award, Filipino Migrant Center, 2018
    • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
    • Top Labor and Employment Attorney in California, The Daily Journal, 2015
    • Top 100 Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Joe Sayas currently heads a class action team which is prosecuting a case on behalf of hundreds of truck drivers misclassified as independent contractors. The case is pending before the US District Court in Los Angeles, and seeks  to achieve employment status for drivers and the  recovery of deductions for fuel and insurance charges made on their pay. See Alvarez v. XPO Logistics Cartage LLC,  Case No.2:18-cv-3736-SJO-E. To date, Joe's Team has prevailed in the case on various issues of federal preemption claimed by Defendants under the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act, the Truth in Lending Act, and the Federal Arbitration Act. As lead counsel, Joe has previously prosecuted similar cases that sought employment status for workers, and has recovered significant back wages consisting of deductions on workers' pay as a result of the misclassification. He has obtained a summary judgment in federal court adjudicating that drivers are employees. See Taylor v Shippers Transport Express, Inc., Case No. CV 13-02092-BRO (PLAx)  , 2019
    • Joe Sayas' advocacy of immigrant workers in California has earned him the Community Champion Award, from the Philippine American Bar Association.  , 2016
    • State Bar of California

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Spoke on "Civil Rights in the Filipino-American Community", a forum sponsored by the Pilipino Workers Center and the Philippine Consulate.  Here, Joe Sayas discussed the civil rights  case of Saycon v. City of Long Beach, US District Court Case No. 2:16-cv-5614-JFW (ASx), which involves the constitutional rights violations of Mharloun Saycon, a mentally disabled Filipino-American who was shot to death by a Long Beach police officer., 2018
    • Spoke on "Civil Remedies in Labor Human Trafficking" before the South Bay Coalition to End Human Trafficking on January 25, 2019, and to the Coalition of Low-Wage and Immigrant Worker Associates on May 9, 2019; Provided counselling assistance to the Long Beach-based Filipino Migrant Center  and to the LA-based Piipino Workers' Center.  , 2019
    • 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".


    • Obtained preliminary approval of class action settlement of $2,722,500 for 195 truck drivers misclassified as independent contractors. Correa v. Intermodal Bridge Transportation, Inc. LA Superior Court  Case Number BC566279., 2019
    • Obtained  recovery of $3,775,000 in wage and hour class action for retirement facility employees. Pichardo v. Silverado Senior Living, Inc. et al. LA Superior Court Case No. BC541042.   , 2018
    • Obtained recovery of $2,000,000 in civil rights case arising from police shooting of a mentally disabled citizen. Saycon v. City of Long Beach,  US District Court Case No.:  2:16-cv-05614 JFW (ASx). , 2018
    • Reached an $8.9M confidential settlement for immigrant workers in racial discrimination and wage-related action; Reached a $400,000 wage settlement  on behalf of 3 drivers who  challenged their  classification as independent contractors: Recovered  $275,000 for a female employee who complained of sex harassment by her manager; Obtained a verdict for a baby sitter in a minimum wage case for $827,506, representing back wages and attorneys' fees. Liday v Sim, LA Superior Court Case No. BC542513., 2017

    Industry Groups

    • California Employment Lawyers Association
    • Consumer Attorneys Of Los Angeles
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    500 North Brand Boulevard
    Suite 980
    Glendale, CA 91203

    Phone: 818-291-0088

    Fax: 818-240-9955

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