Was I Wrongfully Discharged from My Job?
Were you recently terminated? Were you discharged from your job with little to no explanation? Did your employer fail to explain the reason for his or her decision? If you were wrongfully discharged from your job, you might have many questions regarding your rights to pursue a claim. It is illegal for employers to terminate employees based on a number of reasons. If the discharge from your position was based on illegal reasoning, you might have grounds to pursue a claim and receive compensation.
Would you like to discuss your termination with an employment attorney? If so, you must contact the experts at California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group at your earliest convenience. California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group is an employment firm dedicated to representing all individuals who have been wronged in one way or another in their place of work. If you would like our knowledgeable employment attorneys to review your current situation and provide you with legal guidance, do not hesitate to contact our law firm and request to speak with our experts.
Some Common Examples of Wrongful Discharge</h2
Wrongful discharge or termination can occur for many reasons. Consider the list below:
- The employer breaches a contract by firing the employee before an agreed term has been completed (wrongful discharge by breaching a contract).
- The employer discharges the employee after he or she takes time off for family leave, medical leave, or military service (termination for exercising basic employment rights).
- The employer discharges you from your job after you reported a safety violation (retaliation for whistle-blowing).
- The employer fired you because the employee refused to do something that would have broken the law in the workplace (termination in retaliation).
- The employer makes working conditions so intolerable due to constant mistreatment that the employee is forced to quit (constructive dismissal).
- The employer routinely mistreats the employee based on the color of his skin; eventually, the employee is terminated because of his skin color (discriminatory wrongful termination).
Does your discharge resemble any of the example points listed above? If so, you might have been illegally discharged, and you might have grounds to pursue an employment claim. If you would like to learn more about whether you could pursue a claim against your employer, do not hesitate to contact California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group and request to speak with our knowledgeable attorneys.
The Laws that Protect Employees from Wrongful Discharge
There are many laws that protect you and all other employees from being wrongfully discharged. Some of these laws are listed below:
- Occupation Safety and Health Act (OSHA)
- Immigration Reform and Control Act
- Employee Polygraph Protection Act
- Civil Rights Act of 1964
- California Fair Employment and Housing Act
Many employees mistakenly believe that their employers are the highest authority; therefore, everything that they say goes. Unfortunately, this mistaken belief results in employees accepting there terminations and discharges without ever questioning the reasons behind the decisions. If you believe that you were wrongfully discharged, you have to exercise your rights. You have rights in the workplace, which are protected by many laws. If your rights in the workplace were infringed, your employer likely broke the law—meaning that you could pursue a claim.
Determining Whether You Were Wrongfully Discharged?
Why did you lose your job? Before immediately assuming that you were wrongfully terminated or assuming that your termination was valid, you should look back at your experience in the workplace from the moment you were hired to the moment you were fired. Did your employer ever make any comments about any protected personal characteristic, such as your race, gender, religion, or origin, for example? Were you ever the target of jokes? Did your employer ever make inappropriate comments which were later reasoned as just for fun or due to a bad day? Did you exercise a basic right, such as reporting a workplace violation or refusing to take a polygraph test? What explanation were you given when you were fired? Did your employer mention cutbacks, downsizing, or performance incompetence? Determining whether you were wrongfully discharged from your job could be difficult, especially on your own. Therefore, you should seek legal assistance for a case evaluation. Based on the evidence that you provide, a knowledgeable employment attorney will be able to help you determine whether you were wrongfully terminated.
What Could You Do If You Were Wrongfully Discharged?
If you believe that you were wrongfully discharged from your job, you have a few options when it comes to taking action. Depending on your job and the way you are looking to handle the situation, you might be interested in learning that you could pursue a claim on the state level and federal level, in addition to filing a civil lawsuit. Employment claims are handled by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH). Although the agencies are very different, they both enforce employment laws and handle claims when they arise.
Besides filing claims with either the EEOC or DFEH, you also have the option of pursuing a civil claim against your employer. If you decide that you would like to pursue a civil claim, you must first request the right to sue from the agency with which you initially filed your claim. After being granted the right to sue from the appropriate agency, you will be able to file your civil claim with the assistance of an employment attorney.
Could You Recover Compensation?
If you were wrongfully discharged or terminated from your job, are you entitled to receiving compensation? Depending on the specific details of your claim and whether your claim was successful, you might be eligible to receive compensation. The type and amount of compensation that you are eligible to receive depends on the details of your claim. Although every claim is different, the individuals pursuing claims after being wrongfully discharged could be eligible to receive compensation for the following:
- Lost wages—including back pay and front pay
- Lost benefits—such as stock options, life insurance, health insurance, and retirement plans
- Mental and emotional distress
- Punitive damages
If you were wrongfully discharged from your job, you could be certain that our lawyers will aggressively fight for your right to be compensated. Wrongful discharge and wrongful termination are illegal, and our attorneys firmly believe that employers should be held accountable. Because of that, our employment attorneys will not rest until helping you recover the maximum amount of compensation available for your claim. For more information regarding the type and amount of compensation that you could receive upon pursuing a successful claim, do not hesitate to contact the lawyers at California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group as soon as possible.
Contact Our Experts at California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group
Do you believe that you were wrongfully discharged from your job? Depending on the circumstances surrounding your discharge, you might suspect that you were wrongfully terminated. If you were wrongfully discharged from your job, you might have grounds to pursue an employment claim; you might also have grounds to receive compensation for your wrongful discharge. Would you like to discuss your discharged with a knowledgeable employment attorney? If so, you must contact California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group at your earliest convenience. California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group is an employment law firm with many years of experience handling a variety of employment claims. Our employment attorneys have successfully handled many claims, and they are ready to help you with your claim. If you are ready to discuss your claim with our attorneys after you were wrongfully discharged from your job, do not hesitate to contact our law firm.
Thinking about seeking legal assistance can be stressful for many—especially since legal services are commonly associated with expensive legal fees. At California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group, we understand that those who have been wrongfully discharged do not have the means to cover legal expenses. We are committed to providing you with the information that you need. Therefore, our firm makes our legal services available to you at no cost. Our employment law firm offers both free consultations and free second opinions. During our free consultations and free second opinions, our knowledgeable employment attorneys will be available to answer all your questions and all your concerns. It does not matter if you are interested in beginning your claim or if you have already started your claim elsewhere; you could trust the knowledgeable employment attorneys at California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group to provide you with the guidance that you need to pursue your claim.
Our free legal services are a part of our Zero-Fee guarantee. Because of our Zero-Fee guarantee, our clients will never have to worry about paying any upfront legal fees for any of our legal services. Our law firm is also strictly based on a contingency structure. Therefore, our clients will not be required to pay any legal fees until after their claims reach successful outcomes. What does this mean? If you do not win, you will not be required to pay us anything. If you would like to learn more about your right to pursue a claim after being wrongfully discharged, do not hesitate to contact the experts at California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group today.