Wrongful termination, or illegal firing, happens when employers make the decision to terminate their employees based on unlawful reasons – like any protected personal characteristic. Some examples of protected personal characteristics include sex, gender identity, color, race, religion, disability, color, and even medical conditions, for example. In addition to protected personal characteristics, there are also a number of protected actions. These protected actions include taking job-protected leave, filing safety reports, and refusing to take a polygraph test for example.
If you believe that you were wrongfully terminated for exercising any of your rights or because of any of your personal characteristics, it is essential that you seek legal assistance as soon as possible. If you were the latest victim of wrongful termination in Upland or surrounding areas, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with the experts at California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group.
California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group is an employment law firm with many years of experience handling different types of employment claims, including but not limited to wrongful termination claims. Our Upland wrongful termination attorneys are ready to evaluate your claim and provide you with all the information that you need to take legal action against the employer that illegally fired you. Would you like to discuss your claim with our experts? If so, do not hesitate to contact California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group today.
About the Laws that Prohibit Wrongful Termination
What are the laws that protect you from wrongful termination? There are a number of employment laws that protect employees from unfair treatment in the workplace; these laws make it illegal for employers to terminate you for a number of reasons.
Some of the most important laws that you should be familiar with include the following:
- The Civil Rights Act of 1964: a federal law that prohibits any sort of discrimination or termination based on the age, gender, race, origin, religion, or disability, for example.
- The California Fair Employment and Housing Act: a state law (California) that prohibits any sort of discrimination or termination based on employees’ military status, marital status, medical conditions, genetics, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender, sex, age, disability, rage, origin, and religion, for instance.
In addition to these laws, the Occupation Safety and Health Act, the Employee Polygraph Protection Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, the California Family Rights Act, and the Immigration Reform and Control Act, among many others, all make it illegal for employers to terminate their employees for specific reasons. If you would like to learn more about the specific employment laws that apply to your claim, do not hesitate to contact our law firm as soon as possible – our employment attorneys are ready to provide you with all the information that you need to gain a thorough understanding of the laws that protect you from wrongful termination.
Do You Have the Right to Take Action?
Were you wrongfully terminated? Were you terminated based on your race, color, gender, age, or any other protected personal characteristic? If so, you might have grounds to take action against the employer that wrongfully terminated you. You might immediately want to speak with a lawyer to file a wrongful termination claim against your employer; however, you must be aware of the different things that you must do before being able to file a wrongful termination claim against your employer.
First and foremost, you must be familiar with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH). The EEOC is the federal employment agency responsible for handling all employment claims. Similarly, the DFEH also handles employment claims, albeit on the state level (California). When employees are wrongfully terminated, they have to file a claim with the EEOC or the DFEH. The agency with which you filed your claim will investigate the situation and take action against your employer (if the investigation concludes that the employer violated any employment laws).
After the investigation reaches a conclusion, claimants will automatically be granted the right to sue. When claimants are granted the right to sue, claimants can pursue civil actions against their employers. Do you have to wait for the investigation conducted by the EEOC or DFEH to end? No; you can actually request to be granted the right to sue. Once your request is granted, you could pursue your civil claim.
Once you are ready to pursue a civil claim against your employer, you simply seek legal assistance with an experienced employment attorney, and you can start the legal process toward suing your employer for wrongful termination. For more information about your right to take action against your employer after you suffered a wrongful termination, do not hesitate to contact our law firm today.
Could You Recover Compensation?
Can you recover compensation after you were wrongfully terminated? Your right to recover compensation upon filing a wrongful termination claim depends on the specific details of your claim and how you were affected by the termination. How much compensation are you eligible to recover? What type of compensation could you receive?
The victims of wrongful termination could be eligible to recover compensation for at least some of the following:
- Lost earnings (for all the income lost as a direct result of the termination, including back pay and front pay)
- Lost work-related benefits (for all the benefits lost because of the termination, such as stocks, health insurance, and retirement plans, for example)
- Pain and suffering (for all the mental and emotional distress directly caused by the termination)
- Punitive damages (awarded as a form of punishment towards the defendant)
If you would like to learn more about the type and amount of compensation that you could be eligible to receive, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with the experts at our firm. Our wrongful termination lawyers at California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group are ready to aggressively fight for your right to recover the highest amount of compensation available for your wrongful termination claim. At our firm, we understand how a sudden wrongful termination could affect your life in various ways – especially in terms of your finances. We will do everything within our reach to help you recover the compensation to which you are entitled.
What Timelines are Relevant to Your Claim?
Without a doubt, you have the right to pursue a claim if you were wrongfully terminated. However, you could lose your right to sue. All claims are subject to a specific statute of limitations – employment claims are no exceptions. What is a statute of limitations? A statute of limitations establishes the specific length of time that claimants have to file their claims; if their claims are not filed by the time established by the appropriate statute of limitations, they will lose their right to take legal action.
In general, there is one specific deadline that applies to claims. However, employment claims are different – considering that claimants have a few options when it comes to taking legal action. You should be aware of all of the following timelines that could apply to your Upland wrongful termination claim:
- Claims filed with the EEOC are subject to a 300-day deadline (in the state of California)
- After receiving the right to sue from the EEOC, claims are subject to a 90-day deadline
- Claims filed with the DFEH are subject to a 1-year deadline
- After receiving the right to sue from the DFEH, claims are subject to a 1-year deadline
Because of the fact that failing to understand the deadlines that apply to your claim could result in losing the right to sue, we always recommend that claimants discuss their claim with our lawyers. Discussing your claim with our experts ensures that you have all the information that you need to understand the deadlines that apply to your claim – to ensure that you do not lose your right to take legal action against the employer that wrongfully fired you. For more information, do not hesitate to contact us as soon as possible.
Contact Our Law Firm Today
Do you believe that you were wrongfully terminated from your Upland workplace? If so, it is essential that you seek legal assistance with the Upland wrongful termination experts at California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group. At California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group, we are dedicated to representing the rights of all employees. Employees have the right to be treated fairly in the workplace and should never be terminated for discriminatory or other unlawful reasons. If you are interested in exploring the possibility of taking legal action against the employer that wrongfully terminated you, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with the experts at California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group as soon as possible.
When you contact our law firm, you can be certain that you will have access to all the information that you need to take legal action against the employer that wrongfully terminated you. At our law firm, we understand that many people fail to seek legal assistance because they are afraid of all the costs associated with speaking to a lawyer. Because of that, we offer free legal services – which include free consultations and free second opinions. During our free consultations and free second opinions, our lawyers will be available to answer all your questions and address all your claims – and to provide you with all the information that you need to start or continue your claim. Our free legal services are available as part of our Zero-Fee guarantee. Our Zero-Fee guarantee ensures that our clients never have to worry about paying any upfront legal fees for any of our legal services. Our firm is also based on a strict contingency structure; therefore, our clients will never be required to pay anything until after their wrongful termination claims are successful. Would you like to benefit from our free legal services and discuss your wrongful termination claim with our Upland experts? If so, do not hesitate to contact California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group immediately.