Nobody wants to lose their job illegally. Nobody wants an employer that is willing to let go someone illegally. But we can’t always get what we want, can we.? Despite numerous laws that protect you as an employee, we still see countless cases of employers conducting illegal activity, and firing employees unlawfully. California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group views employers’ illegal actions as a sign of their lack of appreciation for their hard working employees. It’s very unfortunate to know that so much hard and work and dedication can go completely unappreciated. Employers that do not possess or empathy for their workers’ rights need to be held accountable for their actions. A wrongful termination case is the first step in doing so. Our Rosemead wrongful termination attorneys have made the pledge to fight against employers who do not appreciate their employees and fire them in an illegal manner. If you’ve been wrongfully terminated, it’s time to sue your employer with the help of our attorneys.
Do I have a wrongful termination case?
A wrongful termination is when an employer discharges an employee unlawfully by violating a local, state, or federal law or through breach of contract. There are many types of wrongful termination scenarios, however many of them stem from the violation of anti discrimination laws. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibits employment discrimination based on a person’s race, color, religion, sex, and national origin. This act applies to any company with 15 or more employees. Employment discrimination is not limited to firing, but the failure or refusal to hire or discharge an employee or to discriminate against an employee or applicant with respect to their compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment. Also, to limit, segregate, or classify employees or applicants in a manner that deprives one of employment opportunities or threatens their employment status, is considered unlawful employment practices as well.
The California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) is the state version of this law and extends it coverage to employees at companies with 5 or more employees. The FEHA is also an anti discrimination law that protects employees from discrimination in the workplace. Protected categories under this law are race and color, ancestry and national origin, religion and creed, age (over 40), mental and physical disability, sex and gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, and military or veteran status. Keep in mind, the protected category of sex also includes childbirth, pregnancy, and related medical conditions. There are also specific federal laws that protect disability discrimination and age discrimination in the workplace. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) not only prohibits discrimination against an individual with a disability, it requires employers to provide reasonable accommodation to an employee as long as it does not cause undue hardship. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) protects anyone over 40 who works at a company with 20 or more employees from being age discriminated. While the ADA broadly covers discrimination, there are even more specific anti-discrimination laws other than the ADA and ADEA that you may be protected under. If you lost your job because of any of these protected category statuses, then your rights may have been violated under one or more of these laws, and you need to seek help from a wrongful termination attorney in Rosemead.
Another way in which you may have lost your job illegally is through breach of contract. In California all employment relationships are presumed to be at-will. This means that an employer or employee is free to terminated their relationship at any time with or without notice and with or without reason. However, there are exceptions. California holds an in good faith covenant which means the decision to terminate an employment relationship is subject to be examined if there is just cause and if it was done without malice. Violation of this good faith rule may be grounds to sue your employer for wrongful termination. An implied contract is also an exception to the at-will agreement that if violated may result in a wrongful termination. A contract about the length of your employment does not have to been in writing. If you employer verbally stated your job security then this can count as a contract, and breaking that verbal contract can be seen as wrongful termination.
Was I wrongfully terminated?
A couple other laws that may have been broken in a wrongful termination are the ones behind the workers’ compensation system and the laws regarding whistleblowing. It is illegal for an employer to retaliate against you if you file a workers’ compensation claim. So if you were unfortunately injured while working and have decided to file a claim and you employer responded by firing you, then you have a wrongful termination case and should speak with one of our Rosemead wrongful termination lawyers immediately. The same goes for whistleblowing. The California Whistleblower Protection Act protects you from employer retaliation. Under the law, if you report illegal activity by your employer, you are protected by the law from your employer imposing negative job repercussions. It should be noted that all the laws listed protect your from employer retaliation. You are allowed to exercise your rights under these laws without facing adverse job repercussions.
Wrongful termination lawyers in Rosemead
The more we let unlawful employers get away with illegal activity, the more we consent to it. Let’s work to stop employers from thinking they are above the law and call them out for their wrongful actions. Employees have rights too, and as an employee you should know that violating your rights is not acceptable. As a worker you should also take pride in your labor and pursuing a wrongful termination case is a manifestation of this pride. It’s saying “I deserve my job,” and will grant you authority over your work life. Let our wrongful termination attorneys help you take back some power.
Free Consultation and Zero-Fee Guarantee
Losing your job is already a huge financial burden. Our lawyers at California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group don’t want to add to that burden with extra fees and costs. This is why we offer a free consultation to whoever wants help from a wrongful termination attorney. If you give us a call or come visit our office, you will be able to speak with an attorney about your case completely free of charge.
Furthermore, we will not charge you anything to take on your case. With zero upfront fees we hope we can ease some of the stress life has put on you. The only fee we charge is applied if we win your case. If you feel like you’ve already lost it all, then there’s nothing to lose by beginning the process of starting a wrongful termination lawsuit. It’s time to start gaining and getting what’s rightfully your back! Winning a wrongful termination case may result in reinstatement of your job and compensation for lost wages and your pain in suffering. It’s time to turn the tables and become the one that is receiving, not the other way around.