C. Joe Sayas, Jr.
Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in Glendale, CA
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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.
- 60%Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
- 20%Insurance Coverage
- 20%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation, Bad Faith Insurance, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff
- Super Lawyers: 2012, 2014 - 2023
About C. Joe Sayas, Jr.
First Admitted: 1986, California
Professional Webpage: https://www.joesayaslaw.com/joe-sayas
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"., 2021
- 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
- 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
- Joe Sayas is lead counsel in a federal class action which he is prosecuting on behalf of 508 truck drivers misclassified as independent contractors. Joe has prevailed on complex issues of certification, federal preemption, and application of the AB 5 statute at trial. Joe was ready to try the case before a jury on September 7, 2021 when defendants agreed at the 11th hour to pay $20,000,000.00 in settlement. See Alvarez v. XPO Logistics Cartage LLC, Case No.2:18-cv-3736-SJO-E. This settlement, one of the highest recovery in trucking class actions, has obtained preliminary approval from the court. As lead counsel, Joe has previously prosecuted similar cases that sought and achieved employment status for workers through summary judgment, putting an end to employers' practice of deducting employees' pay with costs of fuel and insurance. He additionally obtained a fund of $11.04 million for workers. See Taylor v Shippers Transport Express, Inc., Case No. CV 13-02092-BRO (PLAx) , 2021
- Joe Sayas' advocacy of immigrant workers in California has earned him the Community Champion Award, from the Philippine American Bar Association. , 2016
- California Employment Lawyers Association
- Consumer Attorneys Association Of Los Angeles
- National Employment Lawyers Association
Last Updated: 6/23/2022