Do you believe that your employer wrongfully terminated you? Unfortunately, many employers terminate their employees without a valid reason to do so. They fire their employees based on discriminative reasons or infringement of their basic rights. If you believe that your termination was unjust and wrongful, you must seek legal assistance as soon as possible. The attorneys at California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group could provide you with the insight that you need to better understand your rights as an employee and the possibility of pursuing a wrongful termination claim. Contact our Corona wrongful termination lawyers at California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group as soon as possible to take action against your employer.
What is Wrongful Termination?
Were you wrongfully terminated? Wrongful termination-or illegal firing -occurs when an employee is fired based on a protected personal characteristic or based on a basic right as an employee. For instance, if your termination was based on gender identity, sex, race, color, age, disability, religion, or medical conditions, you were likely wrongfully terminated. Likewise, if you exercised your right to report a safety violation or refuse to take a polygraph take and you were terminated, your termination might have been illegal. Wrongful termination is against the law, and those who are illegally terminated have the right to pursue claims and receive compensation. If you would like to learn more about your right to pursue legal action after being wrongfully terminated, contact California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group today.
Important Laws that You Should Know
Are employees protected by any specific laws? Are there laws that protect employees from unfavorable treatment based on any protected characteristic? Employees are protected on both the federal and state levels. In general, these laws make it unlawful for employers to treat their employees unfavorably based on any protected characteristics or other factors; however, the laws also make it illegal for employees to be terminated in infringement of any of these laws.
You should be familiar with the following laws:
- Occupation Safety and Health Act forbids termination of an employee after reporting a safety violation in the workplace.
- Immigration Reform and Control Act -prohibits termination based on immigration status.
- Employee Polygraph Protection Act -prohibits termination based on employees’ decision to refuse to take a lie detector test.
- Civil Rights Act of 1964 -prohibits workplace discrimination and termination based on employee age, race, gender, religion, origin, or disability.
- California Fair Employment and Housing Act -prohibits workplace discrimination and termination based on marital status, military status, medical conditions, genetics, gender identity, sexual orientation, sex, gender, disability, age, religion, origin, and race.
Are you unsure about whether any of the laws listed above were infringed by your employer when you were terminated? If so, you must seek legal assistance as soon as possible. Our employment lawyers will provide you with all the information that you need to thoroughly understand all employment laws that might apply to your wrongful termination claim.
Filing a Claim after being Wrongfully Terminated
Could you sue your employer if you believe that you were wrongfully terminated? If your employer decided to terminate you based on a protected personal characteristic, such as your race, color, age, gender, or any other protected characteristic, for example, you could sue. A vast number of personal characteristics are protected by both federal and state laws, making it unlawful for your employer to treat you differently or terminate you based on these characteristics. If you were terminated without a valid explanation, your employer might have broken the law-meaning that you could have the right to pursue a claim and could fight to recover compensation.
Recovering Compensation after a Wrongful Termination
After being wrongfully terminated, you and your family might be dealing with a number of consequences. After filing a successful wrongful termination lawsuit, you might be eligible to recover compensation for all or some of the following:
- Lost wages, including back pay and front pay
- Lost benefits, including stocks, retirement options, life insurance, and health insurance
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages
Your claim is not guaranteed to result in the specific types of compensation listed above. Every claim is different; wrongful termination claims often have varying outcomes. At California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group, our employment lawyers will aggressively fight for your right to be rightfully compensated, regardless of the type/amount of compensation that is available for your claim. Our attorneys understand the struggles associated with wrongful terminations; therefore, they will fight for your right to recover the highest amount of compensation for your claim. For more information about recovering compensation after you were wrongfully terminated, do not hesitate to contact the Corona employment lawyers at California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group.
Understanding the EEOC and DFEH
There are employment agencies on both the federal and state levels that enforce employment laws and investigate claims. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is the federal agency responsible for enforcing federal employment laws. The Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) is the state agency responsible for enforcing state employment laws. Depending on the details of your wrongful termination, you would be required to file your claim with one of the agencies. The appropriate agencies will then investigate your claim and take action against the employer. If you pursue your claim through an agency, either the EEOC or the DFEH could file a lawsuit against your employer. However, you could opt out of an agency investigation and lawsuit; instead, you could file an independent lawsuit against your employer in civil court. To file a civil lawsuit, the appropriate employment agency must grant you the right-to-sue. Without this specific permission, you cannot pursue a civil lawsuit. For more information about the EEOC, the DFEH, and your right to pursue a civil claim against your employer, contact our law firm today.
Understanding the Time to Pursue Your Claim
Although many people have the right to sue after being wrongfully terminated, many people lose their right to file a claim because they do not understand the statute of limitations that applies to their claims. What is a statute of limitations? A statute of limitations is a timeline or a deadline that establishes how long claimants have to pursue their claims. Claims must be filed within the appropriate statute of limitations. If claims are not filed within the time allowed, claimants will lose their right to file their claims.
Although there are usually specific statutes of limitations based on the cause of action being pursued, wrongful termination claims are different. The amount of time that claimants have to pursue their claims depends on how they are filing their claims (and through what agency). Consider the following timelines that apply to Corona wrongful termination claims:
- 300 days when filing with the EEOC.
- 90 days upon receipt of a right-to-sue notice from the EEOC when filing a civil claim.
- 1 year when filing with the DFEH.
- 1 year upon receipt of a right-to-sue notice from the DFEH when filing a civil claim.
If you are not willing to lose your right to sue based on failing to understand the statute of limitations that applies to your claim, contact California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group as soon as possible to discuss the deadlines that might apply to your claim.
Contact California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group
Do you believe that you were wrongfully terminated from your workplace? Unfortunately, many employers take advantage of the lack of information available to their employees; they wrongfully terminate their employees knowing that there will be no consequences to their unjust actions. California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group is an employment law firm that has dedicated many years to representing California employees and helping them exercise their rights in the workplace. Do you believe that you were fired based on your religion, age, race, gender, or sexual orientation, for example? If so, you might have the grounds to file an employment lawsuit. For more information about your right to sue after being wrongfully terminated, do not hesitate to contact California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group at your earliest convenience.
At California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group, we understand the serious difficulties that suddenly losing your job could entail. For instance, you might suddenly be left without any source of income. At our law firm, we are dedicated to providing you with the guidance that you need to start or continue your claim. If you would like to speak to our Corona employment experts, do not hesitate to contact our firm and request either a free consultation or a free second opinion. During our free consultations and free second opinions, our employment attorneys will be available to answer all your questions and address all your concerns. It does not matter if you are interested in beginning your claim or in redirecting your claim after it was negatively affected by an incompetent attorney; you could trust that the employment lawyers at California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group are here to provide you with the legal guidance that you need to file your claim. Are you interested in scheduling a free consultation or second opinion with our employment attorneys? If so, contact our firm immediately.
The free consultations and free second opinions available through California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group are part of our Zero-Fee guarantee. You can be certain that you will always have access to our experts without having to worry about any upfront legal fees. Our law firm is also strictly based on contingency; therefore, you will never be required to pay any legal expenses until after your claim reaches a successful outcome. If you do not win, you will not be required to pay anything. Contact our firm today.