Apple Wrongful Termination Employment Attorney
The Mac, the iPod, and the iPhone are technologies that redefined what it meant to be a tech company at the turn of the 21st century.
The reason we urge you to contact our law firm as quickly as possible is because of the statute of limitations that is attached to every crime. The statute of limitations is the amount of time you have to take legal action for a crime committed against you. It acts like the expiration date and varies for every crime. If the statute of limitations expires and you have not filed your legal action, you will likely lose the right to file a lawsuit against the perpetrator.
Can I Sue Apple If I Was Fired?
The short answer is yes. If you were wrongfully fired by Apple, you can sue for wrongful termination. When you contact our law firm and demand that we sue them for everything they have, it’s vital that we take a step back and determine if your firing was actually illegal. It is easy to feel that your employment termination was unjust and illegal, but just because you feel that your firing was unfair does not mean it was strictly illegal.
When it comes to employment, California is an at-will state. Being an at-will state means that it gives the employers in California the power to terminate their employees for any reason. That means that employers do not have to establish any just cause in your firing, nor give any warning, so long as the reason is not a violation of the legal protections offered to employees.
For example, it is perfectly legal an employer can fire an employee who’s been underperforming without any warning. It is not legal, however, to discriminate and fire an employee because of their race. Race is one protection of many that are guaranteed to employees under the Civil Rights Act.
For much of U.S. history, it was not illegal for employers to discriminate. White men could and did discriminate against minorities for centuries. It wasn’t until activists of color protested and boycotted that forced politicians to protect them under the law.
Federal and state law now prohibits California employers from discriminating against employees due to the employees’ characteristics. Characteristics such as the color of their skin.
Below are the protected classes in California against which employers cannot discriminate:
- national origin
- sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions)
- sexual orientation
- age (40 and older)
- genetic information
- marital status
- disability: Physical or mental
- medical condition
- gender identity and gender expression
- political activities or affiliations
- military or veteran status, and
- status as a victim of domestic violence, assault, or stalking.
If you believe that you were wrongfully terminated for any of these reasons, it is crucial that you contact our law firm today. Our attorneys will answer any of your questions that you may have regarding your case.
Can You Sue Apple for Sexual Harassment?
Sexual harassment has caused much confusion among men (and women, to be fair) who are unaware of what constitutes as appropriate behavior. Apple must make the workplace a safe for all employees and clear it of any hostility. Sexual harassment takes two forms when it comes to the realm of employee protections: quid pro quo harassment and hostile work environment.
Quid Pro Quo Harassment
Quid pro quo is Latin for “something for something.” And so quid pro quo harassment is when a supervisor, expressly or impliedly requires someone below them to submit to the supervisor’s unwanted sexual advances and then threatens to take action if the subordinate refuses.
Hostile Work Environment
The second type of sexual harassment as described by California law is called a hostile work environment. Any employee or employer can create a hostile work environment. There doesn’t need to be the threat of adverse action as there is with quid pro quo. Instead, the harasser engages in unwelcome, vile, sexist, gross behavior. For example, posting pictures of women in bikinis, making sexist jokes, commenting on a woman’s appearance, and general behavior you’d expect from 3-year-olds, not grown men.
Can You Sue Apple for Unpaid Wages?
Yes, you can sue Apple for unpaid wages. There is a federal act called the Fair Labor Standards Act that sets the absolute minimum an employer must do in all states. States that have their employees’ best interest often add more protections for their employees, and California is one of those states. When it comes to due wages, California may be the best state for employees in the nation. If your employer refused to pay you for your labor, you are not only entitled to the amount you’re owed, but additional penalties as well.
So, then, what are common wage violations in California?
Minimum Wage Violations: Employees are entitled to a minimum wage. The wage to which they’re entitled to is the highest applicable where they work, whether it’s the federal, state, or local city rate. California has among the highest state minimum wages, so if Apple refused to pay you minimum wage, you are entitled to the wages you lost plus any interest accrued.
Unpaid Breaks and Time Off: The state of California offers protections to their workers when it comes to their breaks and time off. California gives employees the right to a 30-minute unpaid lunch and a paid 10-minute break for every four hours of work. If you were not given the state-required breaks, or were not paid for them, you may be entitled to compensation for your employer’s decision to break the law.
Paid Sick Leave: The State of California requires that its employers provide their employees with paid sick time. The amount of paid sick leave hours you accrue depend entirely on the hours you work. If your employer does not allow you to accrue or use your paid sick leave, you have the right to file a lawsuit against your employer. The wages collected will be based on the sick paid leave you were forced to take unpaid.
Can You Sue Apple for Not Paying Overtime?
Employers not paying their workers is among the most common wage violation. The State of California, employees are entitled to time-and-a-half, meaning 1.5x their regular wage for every hour worked; employees are also entitled to 1.5x their rate of pay for the first eight hours on their seventh consecutive workday; and they are entitled to receive double their rate of pay when they work more than eight hours on their seventh consecutive day. Exempt employees do not have a right to overtime.
Oftentimes, however, employers specify in their employee contracts that they need to approve employees for working past their regular forty hours and earn overtime wages.
If your employer has not paid you overtime for your labor, you need to contact our law firm today.
The California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group
We at the California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group have the resources and expertise to take on the trillion-dollar company. We have experienced attorneys that have fought for many clients and have gotten them the compensation they deserved for their employer’s unjust behavior. Taking on Apple may be stressful, but we offer many promotions that our clients can use to make the process as stress-free as possible.
We offer free legal consultation. Free legal consultation gives you the opportunity to call or sit down with one of our many experienced lawyers and ask them questions regarding your case. Our wrongful termination lawyers will listen to everything you have to say and answer any questions you may have regarding your case. There is no obligation when getting a free consultation.
We also offer free second opinions. Even when you have a lawyer, it is always a good idea to get a second opinion. Many lawyers, unfortunately, do not have their clients’ best interest when it comes to their practice. They are willing to accept any settlement so they can stuff their pockets as quickly as possible and move on the next client whom they see not as a person but as a money bag. We will take a look at your case and get down the specificities of your case to get you a proper estimate of how much your case may be worth and how much we can get you.
Contact our law firm today. We fight for employee justice and do not rest until our client gets the compensation they deserve.