Kingsley & Kingsley Lawyers

Our office has a long history of representing employees who have suffered discrimination, harassment or have been denied short or long term disability benefits. In addition, we handle overtime and other wage related disputes.

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Firm Overview

The California law firm of Kingsley & Kingsley serves individuals and families in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, and throughout California. Since 1981, we have been dedicated to helping people across the state who have been harmed by the negligence or wrongdoing of corporate America. We are committed to protecting your rights in the workplace including your right to all of your earned wages, safe working conditions free from discrimination and harrassment, and adequate rest and break periods.

While the employer-employee relationship can often seem one-sided, California overtime laws, wage and hour laws, and prevailing wage laws in California grant you rights against your employer.

Unlike plaintiffs' law firms that have only a few attorneys, the Los Angeles area law firm of Kingsley & Kingsley has a team of experienced lawyers. We secure large settlements and appear in state and federal courts across California in complex litigation matters, including class action lawsuits.

Legal help with a broad scope of employment issues. Kingsley & Kingsley also can help you with any employment matter, a personal injury suffered due to the fault of someone else, or an insurance companys denial of benefits to which you are rightfully entitled. We assist clients with insurance bad faith issues and ERISA violations, along with clients seeking insurance disability benefits, which can fall under ERISA or a private insurance policy. ERISA often involves problems receiving entitled pension, health, or life insurance benefits.

Members of our law firm have been honored repeatedly by the legal industry, including Super Lawyers magazine, which lists prominent lawyers in each state who are selected by peers and through independent research.

At Kingsley & Kingsley, we understand that you may be going through a difficult time, and we are here to help you recover from the wrongs that you suffered. A Los Angeles unpaid wages attorney at our law firm can meet with you for a free initial consultation to discuss the circumstances of your wage claim. We also take most cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that you do not pay any fees unless you win or recover compensation. Our attorneys know the importance of swift justice, and we are here to help you recover as quickly as possible.
Main Office

Main Office
16133 Ventura Boulevard # 1200
Encino  CA  91463

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  • (818) 990-8300
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Employment
Working for you to resolve your employment disputes.
The California law firm of Kingsley & Kingsley serves individuals and families in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, and throughout California. Since 1981, we have been dedicated to helping people across the state who have been harmed by the negligence or wrongdoing of corporate America. We are committed to protecting your rights in the workplace —including your right to all of your earned wages, safe working conditions free from discrimination or harassment and adequate rest and break periods.

While the employer-employee relationship can often seem one-sided, California laws, including wage and hour laws, and prevailing wage laws in California grant you rights against your employer. The attorneys of Kingsley & Kingsley can help you assert those rights through a wage claim and receive the relief to which you are entitled.
Long Term Disability
We handle Long Term Disability, Health, ERISA, Long Term Care and other Insurance matters.
It may come as no surprise to learn that insurance companies are in business to make money, and it costs them to pay claims associated with disability benefits. Paying less than the full amount, or denying a claim altogether, saves money for an insurance company; some companies will even look for ways to cancel the insured’s policy rather than pay a claim submitted to them.

When people in California are mistreated by their insurance company, the lawyers at Kingsley & Kingsley work to make sure that they receive the benefits to which they are entitled.


Whether you are privately insured or covered under a group health or disability plan at work, you are entitled to benefits according to the terms of your policy. When benefits are denied or underpaid due to an improper motive or unreasonable position of the insurance company, you may, under certain circumstances, be able to pursue a claim of insurance bad faith against the company.

An insurance company can act in bad faith in many ways other than just unreasonably refusing to pay a claim. Insurance companies are under a duty to conduct a reasonable investigation of every claim submitted; if the company unreasonably delays processing the claim (perhaps in hopes the insured would settle for less), this is considered bad faith.

Most insurance policies also agree to defend the insured in claims brought against them by third parties. In these cases, the insurance company has a duty to defend, and an unreasonable refusal to do so may constitute bad faith.
Overtime Pay
We have recovered over 100 million in unpaid overtime and denial of meal and rest periods.
Overtime compensation or pay is not a privilege. It is a right, in certain circumstances, under both federal and California law. The law provides when and how workers are entitled to overtime compensation:

One and a half times the regular rate of pay for any hours worked over 40 hours in a week
One and a half times the regular rate of pay for any hours over eight hours in one day
Double the regular rate of pay when working more than 12 hours in one day
At the law firm of Kingsley & Kingsley, our experienced Encino overtime attorneys have helped many people in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento, and San Diego recover overtime wages. If you believe you have been unfairly denied overtime pay, speak with an overtime attorney in our office who may be able to help you.


Independent contractors are not entitled to overtime. However, some companies classify employees as independent contractors when they are actually employees to avoid having to pay overtime compensation. Fortunately, because California law presumes that a worker is an employee, the employer must provide specific proof that the worker is an independent contractor.

A Kingsley & Kingsley overtime lawyer can help you determine if you are being misclassified as an independent contractor and being denied overtime compensation as a result.

Certain types of employees may not qualify for overtime pay. The most common example is the white collar exemption, which means that any administrative, executive, or professional employee who is paid more than $640 a week in salary may not be eligible for overtime.

Other types of professionals who are disqualified for overtime include the following:

Executives who spend more than 50 percent of their time managing two or more employees and who have the authority to hire and fire and to influence promotions
Administrative employees who perform office or non-manual work directly related to the management or general business operations of the company and who regularly exercise discretion and judgment under general supervision
Professionals whose work requires education and advanced knowledge–and, often, a license or certification issued by the state Employees who work with high-tech equipment or computers certain sales employees. If you live in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento or San Diego, an overtime attorney can help you determine whether your job exempts you from overtime or you are entitled to receive overtime compensation.


If you believe that you are entitled to overtime and have not received it, or if you believe that your employer has denied you overtime based on an exemption or misclassification, contact Kingsley & Kingsley and speak to an experienced Encino overtime lawyer.

Eric Kingsley

Eric Kingsley - California Lawyer - Kingsley & KingsleyIn practice since 1996, attorney and firm co-founder Eric B. Kingsley has litigated complex cases and authored several appellate briefs in both state and federal court on behalf of the California law firm of Kingsley & Kingsley, including over 100 class actions. Mr. Kingsley concentrates his practice on wage and hour litigation and is currently handling several class actions regarding the failure to pay wages, including overtime and the denial of break or meal periods.

Mr. Kingsley is a prolific speaker at various seminars on employment law and is a contributor to the Daily Journal on issues affecting the California legal community.

In addition to his work with the firm, Eric dedicates his time to several non-profit organizations, advising them on legal and practical issues.

As part of the class action procedure, the firm has had the opportunity to direct residues in class action settlements. The firm has directed over one million dollars to various worthy causes, including Bet Tzedek Legal Services and California Rural Legal Assistance, both of whom provide free legal services to the poor.

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