Did you Get Wrongfully Fired From Your Job?
California Wrongful Termination
Employees in any city of California including Los Angeles who are wrongfully terminated from their position in violation of an employment contract, for any type of discrimination reason, or for exercising their legal rights may have a wrongful termination claim.
In California, most employees work at will, which means their employer may terminate their employment, with or without notice. However, California has created a number of illegal situations where an employer may not terminate employment. An experienced Los Angeles wrongful termination attorney can analyze all details of your wrongful termination case to find out if you have a valid claim.
Wrongful Termination Due To Contract Claims
If you have an employment contract that states you will be working for a certain length of time, or that limits your employer's ability to fire you, your employer must abide by the terms of such contract. If your employer terminates your employment in violation of such terms, most likely you have a strong claim for wrongful termination against your employer and you can immediately file a lawsuit in the Los Angeles court system.
Our wrongful termination lawyers will put together a strong case to be filed in any court in Los Angeles, Orange or San Diego Counties and represent you with no upfront fees.
An employment contract in California may be executed by a written or oral agreement. An employment contract may also be implied by certain actions or statements by your employer -- for example, a statement in an employee handbook that says employees will be fired only for cause. If your employer acts or deliberately violates any statement, you may be able to sue for wages, benefits, and any other benefits or compensations you should have received.
Wrongful Termination Due To Discrimination Claims in California
In California an employer cannot fire an employee based on certain protected characteristics such as race, color, ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender (including pregnancy or maternity leave), age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship status, marital status, AIDS/HIV status, medical condition, FMLA, political beliefs or activities, military status , or status as a victim of domestic violence, stalking, or assault.
If you were fired from your job because of ANY of the situations above, you may have a strong wrongful termination case and you should immediately consult with a reputable and experienced wrongful termination attorney. If you win a discrimination lawsuit, your employer can be forced to pay not only your lost wages and benefits, but also your legal fees, court costs, emotional distress, and in some cases punitive damages.
Wrongful Termination Due To Retaliation Claims
California employers cannot terminate an employee for defending his or her employment rights. Common situations we have encountered in the past are:
You may not be fired for filing a complaint of discrimination or harassment.
For requesting or taking family and medical leave.
Taking time off to serve on a jury.
Filing a workers' compensation claim, or
For filing a complaint about illegal wage and hour practices (such as unpaid overtime or illegal tip sharing arrangements).
Most employees are unaware that California is perhaps the state that has the most restrictions for employers when it comes to fire someone, which means there are many potential situations for retaliation claims. If you were fired from your job because you filed a complaint of for exercising a right granted by law, you must submit a wrongful termination claim immediately.
The compensation you may receive as a result of a lawsuit depends on the specifics of your situation. During a personal and confidential interview, the attorney who has extensive experience in wrongful termination cases will be able to assess your case and advise you on how to proceed taking into account what law was violated.
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