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Whether you have lost your job or you are just looking for a new job, the search can be overwhelming. You could spend days reading newspapers and looking online. You could apply to multiple jobs, and you may never hear back from any of them.

At that point, you may want to consider looking into some temporary work. However, it is not for everyone. While there are some positive reasons to go into temping, there are some negative ones too!

At that point, you may want to consider looking into some temporary work. However, it is not for everyone. While there are some positive reasons to go into temping, there are some negative ones too!

Here are some of the pros of temporary work.


When you are a temporary worker, you have more freedom. You can pick and choose jobs that seem interesting. When the job doesn’t fit, you simply find another one. Many people love the freedom of working when and where they want, to best suit their needs.


Many temporary workers love the variety of work that they get to experience. This may be very helpful if you are not really sure what you want to do with your life. By trying a few different jobs and companies out, you just might find your calling.

More leniency.

As a temporary worker, your employer is the temp agency that you are using. Though you have to follow the dress code and other rules at the company where you are working, you will have a little leniency since you are just working for a short period.

Provides income while searching for a job.

Most people live paycheck to paycheck so they can’t wait weeks or even months until the right job comes along. By working a temporary job, they can focus on finding the perfect job for them, without worrying about their finances in the meantime.

Possibility for permanent placement.

There are times when temporary workers get hired. If you go above and beyond, showing the company that you are a hard worker, you may have a job even when the temporary one is finished.

Here are some cons of temporary work.

Low job security.

Since your job is only temporary, you could lose it at any time. There are some jobs that say that they need you for a few months while others are taken day-by-day. If you want reliable and steady work, temping might not be for you.

No benefits.

Most people work in order to get benefits. Even if they don’t get health insurance, benefits such as paid vacation and sick time is always helpful. If you are a temporary worker, you don’t get paid when you don’t work.

Not valued.

Some temporary workers don’t feel like they are valued by the other employees, since they are seen as just temporary. They may struggle to fit in and often feel isolated from the other employees. This can make some jobs more challenging than others.

Not always paid as well as other employees.

Most temporary workers aren’t paid quite as well as they should be, unless they have a certain skill that is sought after in the place of employment.

Not always exciting tasks.

As a temporary worker, you are going to get the work that others don’t want to do. This may mean that your days could be filled with very mundane and repetitive tasks.

Becoming a temporary employee is great for many. They can work when and where they want. If it isn’t a good fit, they can move onto the next. It is also a great opportunity for those who are still unsure about what they want to do with the rest of their lives. Who knows, you might even find your next permanent job!

However, it can also be very isolating. It can be hard to fit in with the other employees. You may feel like you are not valued as much as the regular employees. You are also going to be doing some of the mundane and boring jobs, for less than some of the other full-time employees.

If you need legal help, don’t hesitate to contact us. Aiman-Smith & Marcy focuses on employment law, consumer fraud, and class actions in California.

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Lisseth Bayona


Education and Background

I am a Los Angeles native and daughter of Salvadorian immigrants. From an early age, my parents instilled the value of hard work and education in me and my two siblings. Their perseverance enabled each of us to graduate from college and earn professional degrees.

My interest and commitment to workers’ rights have roots in my parents’ experiences as undocumented workers in Los Angeles. Witnessing the challenges they faced inspired me to pursue a career where I can help individuals confronted with similar struggles. To help someone in those moments is very satisfying. I love connecting with people and learning about their stories. I believe that dignity in the workplace is a right of all workers, not a convenience or privilege reserved for employees of a certain race, gender, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

Legal Experience

I received my J.D. from the University of Southern California (USC) Gould School of Law. While there, I served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Patrick J. Walsh of the United States District Court for the Central District of California, where I drafted a criminal judicial opinion. Also, while at Gould, I served as an extern for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California. As a Criminal Division Extern, I had the opportunity to work closely with a trial team of Assistant U.S. Attorneys on a money laundering case which further sparked my interest in litigation.

Personal Interests

In my free time, I enjoy urban vegetable gardening, traveling, and spending time with my nephew and niece. I also love to spend time at San Onofre Beach learning to surf, although admittedly, I am not very good.



Hallie L. Von Rock

Attorney (SBN 233152)

Education and Background

I moved to the Bay Area from Washington after graduating high school. I had been accepted to UC Berkeley through a program where I could defer for two years while getting my California residency and attending community college, which was significant since I was paying for college on my own. I began working for Randall Aiman-Smith and Reed Marcy in 1996 as an office manager while taking night classes. My first foray into the legal world was soon after starting at the firm when I was ready to transfer to UC Berkeley. Rather than accepting my resident status, the Board of Regents took the position that California residency required a student to be in California “two calendar years.” Randall and Reed took up my case with the same verve as they helped their actual clients and I got the chance to comb through the UC Berkeley library to read their codes and regulations to support my position. In that experience, I learned what is was like to feel helpless against a big organization and then to have dedicated attorneys in my corner to take up my cause.

After a break to pursue my major in art history, I went to UC Hastings College of Law and continued working with Randall and Reed. Having worked together now for over 25 years, we have a unique ability to work collaboratively and finish each other’s sentences. I have strived throughout my career to make a difference in the lives of our clients. At the end of the day, if I am helping someone to get compensation for losses they suffered, then I know that all the work put into a case has been worth it.

Legal Experience

I have extensive experience in civil litigation and class action cases, including conducting discovery and depositions, calculating damages analysis, preparing motions for certification, writing appellate documents, and overseeing claims administration. We have handled several class actions against retailers where plaintiffs claimed they were forced to purchase clothing to wear to work and were not compensated for these purchases, including against Abercrombie & Fitch, Hugo Boss, Armani Exchange, Uniqlo, Dollar Tree, and Ross. Recently, I was trial counsel in a defamation claim against Bank of America on behalf of a former employee who claimed the Bank blacklisted her with future employers. The jury found Bank of America liable, including for punitive damages.

Personal Interests

Aiman-Smith & Marcy has sponsored me in the Boston Marathon and New York Marathon. When I race, I often wear a “Rockstar Ronan” shirt to support research for childhood cancer through The Ronan Thompson Foundation.


University of California, Berkeley, B.A., 1999

Hastings College of the Law, University of California, J.D., 2004

Randall Aiman-Smith

Abogado (SBN 124599)

Aiman-Smith & Marcy. Oakland consumer fraud attorneys.

Educación y antecedentes

Fui afortunado. A pesar de no haber terminado la escuela secundaria o la universidad, pude -aunque con mucho trabajo- ser admitido y sobresalir en una de las mejores escuelas de derecho del país: La Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad de Berkeley. Mientras estuve allí, tuve el privilegio de ser editor de la California Law Review y miembro del Moot Court Board, asesorando en la redacción de escritos y en la defensa de apelaciones a otros estudiantes. Después de salir de la escuela de derecho, en mis primeros años de práctica, enseñé la escritura legal y la defensa de apelación en la Universidad de California, Hastings College of the Law. También, a lo largo de los años, he sido presentador en eventos de educación legal continua.

Experiencia legal

He sido abogado durante 35 años. He dedicado mi práctica exclusivamente a representar a empleados, consumidores e inversores en los tribunales estatales y federales de primera instancia y en los tribunales de apelación. Me gusta ir a los tribunales por mis clientes y he llevado muchos casos con jurado en los tribunales estatales y federales.

¿Ejemplos? En 2010, fui la abogada principal, junto con los otros abogados del bufete, en el caso Williams v. Union Pacific Railroad donde, después de cuatro años de preparación, el bufete obtuvo un veredicto del jurado de 1.670.000 dólares para una empleada afroamericana. En Rivero v. Surdyka, fui el abogado principal en el juicio y la apelación de un caso de derechos civiles que duró 15 años, incluyendo un juicio completo y tres apelaciones al Noveno Circuito, concluyendo finalmente con una sentencia para los demandantes de más de 2.300.000 dólares. Estos casos ilustran el lema del bufete: compromiso – resultados. Hay que comprometerse con un caso, a veces durante mucho tiempo, para obtener el resultado que el cliente merece.

No siempre ganamos en el juicio. Cuando eso ocurre, el compromiso significa llevar el caso al siguiente nivel y recurrirlo. En el caso Rivero, antes mencionado, eso fue lo que ocurrió: el tribunal desestimó el caso -habíamos perdido- pero apelamos y conseguimos una victoria para nuestros clientes que mantuvimos a través de dos apelaciones más. Desde entonces, el bufete ha conseguido muchas victorias en apelación que reivindican los derechos de los empleados y los consumidores.

A lo largo de los años he sido abogado de los demandantes en numerosos casos individuales y acciones colectivas. Puede sonar cursi, o difícil de creer, pero después de todo este tiempo, y después de todas las grandes experiencias que he tenido, mi parte favorita de ser abogado es cuando consigo dar un cheque a mi cliente.



Facultad de Derecho, Universidad de California, Berkeley, J.D., 1986