Los Angeles Civil Service Labor Law Firm

California labor attorney represents government employees

Working for a government body comes with numerous challenges, but also certain protections that you should understand if you are a current or recently discharged civil service employee. At the Law Offices of Victor Manrique in Los Angeles, I am familiar with the special benefits that accompany these positions. In situations where Southern California civil servants are not afforded the rights and benefits they are owed, my firm steps in and works to correct the situation.

What constitutes civil service?

Non-military employees who work for a government body are considered civil servants. Many of these jobs are given based on the results of a competitive test, and promotions might also be based on merit. When run properly, this system not only makes things fairer for workers, but also assures the public that taxpayer-funded employees are being hired based on how well they can do the job rather than who they know. My firm aids school district employees, emergency personnel, government office workers and others who fall under civil service protections.

Protecting the rights of public employees and civil service workers

Dealing with government bureaucracy can seem very difficult, and if you’ve been fired or suspended from your civil service job, a lot might be riding on the outcome. With more than 35 years of legal experience, I offer the knowledgeable, compassionate support that city, county, state and federal employees deserve. Whether you need to file a civil service appeal, have a question about your benefits, or believe you’re being punished for reporting wrongdoing at work, I am ready to give you a detailed explanation of your rights as a public sector worker.

What rights and benefits do civil service workers have?

In addition to healthcare coverage and other benefits provided by private-sector employers, civil servants have some specific rights and benefits. California’s Constitution and subsequent laws declare that civil service jobs be granted according to the merit principle and that workers who believe that a violation of the relevant standards occurred can seek relief from the State Personnel Board. Following a probationary period, permanent state employment is considered a property right and just cause must be demonstrated before disciplinary measures are imposed. If you are a civil service employee, you have whistleblower protection and the right to speak freely without it affecting your employment status.

How are civil service appeals conducted?

The California Department of Human Resources handles appeals of government workers who believe their treatment violated the state’s civil service rules. Within 30 days of the adverse decision, an appeal must be filed with CalHR’s Statutory Appeals Unit (SAU). At that point, the case can be referred to an administrative law judge for a hearing, where documentary and witness evidence can be introduced. Depending on the circumstances, the SAU might send a notice of a preliminary conference or schedule the hearing directly. My firm represents parties at every stage of this process, diligently advocating for a proper resolution.

County of Los Angeles civil service representation

I have achieved strong results for clients seeking County of Los Angeles civil service representation. Appeals of discharges, suspensions lasting at least five days, decisions on discrimination complaints and other matters go before the county’s Civil Service Commission. If you’re an L.A. County employee considering an appeal of a determination that went against you, I will review the circumstances and give you honest counsel about your chances of winning a reversal.

Contact a knowledgeable California lawyer representing civil service employees

The Law Offices of Victor Manrique in Los Angeles handles all types of employment law matters for civil service workers across Southern California. To make an appointment regarding your issues, please call 213-487-4733 or contact me online

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  • 5.0/5.0

    Attorney Manrique was very attentive to my concerns regarding my discharge case with the County of Los Angeles. He explained the process and details of the possible outcomes. He gave good examples of prior cases where he had successfully wo...
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  • 5.0/5.0

    I spoke w/ Mr. Manrique to get advise on a work related incident. He took the time to explain the different laws and departmental policies for LA County. He was extremely knowledgeable and very well spoken. He didn't seem rushed to get o...
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  • 5.0/5.0

    Victor is the best attorney in town. He won my case and my outcome was better than I could ever imagined!

    — Client

  • 5.0/5.0

    The most experienced attorney in Labor/ Employment Law. He fought hard for me and I was more than satisfied with the results.

    — Client

  • 5.0/5.0

    Victor is an extremely knowledgeable attorney. He is very straight forward and when hired he gives 110%! Great attorney!

    — Client