Oshea Orchid

Top rated employment & labor attorney in Los Angeles, California

Public Employees Legal, LLP
Oshea Orchid
Public Employees Legal, LLP

Practice Areas: Employment & labor, Employment litigation, Employee benefits; view more

Licensed in California since: 2014

Education: Whittier Law School

Selected to Rising Stars: 2020 - 2023

Public Employees Legal, LLP

3415 S Sepulveda Blvd
Suite 660
Los Angeles, CA 90034 Visit website


A managing partner at the law firm Public Employees Legal, LLP, Oshea Orchid has been serving clients in Los Angeles and San Francisco, California, for more than eight years. She focuses her practice on employment and labor law with cases involving public sector employment law, disability, harassment, discrimination, whistleblower, union employees, workers’ compensation and employee benefits. 

Ms. Orchid sincerely believes in being an advocate, speaking out for, and giving a voice to people who have been wronged by their employers. She fights for the rights and liberties of employees who have been harassed or discriminated against. She has received a “Good” rating on Avvo for her legal contributions. 

A graduate of Tulane University, Ms. Orchid has a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. She then went on to work at an international labor union. She obtained her Juris Doctor from the Whittier Law School in 2013. While in law school, she received the CALI Excellence for the Future Award for her academic achievements. 

Additionally, Ms. Orchid served as the student advocate at the Whittier Law School Special Education Clinic and externed at the National Labor Relations Board Region 21. She also served as a legal intern at the Lanterman Regional Center Special Education Legal Clinic. 

Ms. Orchid is an active legal community member and has memberships in The State Bar of California, the California Employment Lawyers Association, the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, the Consumer Attorneys of California and the Cowboy Lawyers Association. She also serves as the California Employment Lawyers Association Public Employee Committee chair. 

Practice areas

Employment & labor: employee, Employment litigation: plaintiff, Employee benefits, Workers' compensation: claimant

Focus areas

Employment law - employee, Unions, Whistleblower, Sexual harassment, Labor law, Employment discrimination, Retaliation, Employment law - employer

  • 40% Employment & labor: employee
  • 40% Employment litigation: plaintiff
  • 10% Employee benefits
  • 10% Workers' compensation: claimant

First Admitted: 2014, California

Professional Webpage: https://publicemployees.legal/about/

  • Selected as a Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2020, 2021, and 2022
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
  • California
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Cowboy Lawyers Association
  • California Employment Lawyers Association, Member
Educational Background:
  • Bachelors degree in Political Science from Tulane University, 2006
Representative Clients:
  • Long term employee was put on administrative leave, forced to undergo a fitness for duty evaluation, and ultimately terminated by a public agency after reporting possible fraud and being perceived as having a disability. Through a mediation the Plaintiff obtained a $600,000 settlement., 2020
  • City employee terminated after allegations of misconduct. Termination overturned through arbitration., 2020
  • Long-term employee terminated by public agency after being accused of misconduct. Following 3 days of arbitration employee was returned to work and employer was ordered to pay more than $100,000 in back pay and benefits., 2016
  • Long term peace officer employee demoted and forced into retirement by public agency after reporting discrimination, harassment, and unlawful activities. Confidential settlement reached with payment to Plaintiff of $900,000., 2019
  • Briley vs. the City of West Covina Jason Briley was the deputy fire marshal for the City of West Covina where he worked for over eight years. In 2011, Briley began reporting to the Fire Department and City Management his belief that the City was in violation of California Fire Code Section 901.6, and Penal Code Section 386 because of its failure to maintain fire protection systems in the City’s facilities, including the Senior Center, City Jail, City Hall and the Community Center. Briley also refused to approve plans and permits which were in violation of California State Fire Code. Following Briley’s reporting and refusal to approve permits he was subjected to retaliation by City management including, the denial of overtime, the reassignment of his office, the reassignment of his emergency response vehicle, the denial of pay increases, a negative performance evaluation, and the denial of his promotion to Fire Marshal.  In June 2014, Briley reported the retaliation to the HR director, who initiated an independent investigation into the Fire Chief and the City Manager. Once they learned of the investigation, they initiated an investigation into Briley. The HR director resigned before the investigations were concluded. Briley was terminated in September 2015, as a result of the investigation. Briley filed a complaint with a single cause of action for whistleblower retaliation in violation of 1102.5 in August 2016. After two weeks of trial in October 2018, the jury found unanimously on liability and economic damages in the amount of $503,000. The jury, with a 10/2 split, awarded $2,000,000 in past non-economic damages and $1,500,000 in future non-economic damages., 2018
Industry Groups:
  • Public Sector

Office location for Oshea Orchid

3415 S Sepulveda Blvd
Suite 660
Los Angeles, CA 90034

Phone: 310-649-5300


4 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2020 - 2023

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