In California, most employees are under an ‘at will’ employment arrangement. This means that their employment can be terminated at any time – with, or without notice.
However, there are some terminations that are against the law. In such a case, a fired employee may sue for wrongful termination.
When is a termination wrongful?
It is illegal for employers to discriminate in employment decisions on the basis of:
- Age or gender
- National origin or political affiliation
- Mental – or physical disability
If any of these factors were involved in an employer’s decision to terminate employment, even if only to some extent, the termination is illegal.
Termination can also be wrongful when an employee exercised his rights granted by law. For example, if an employee is terminated for reporting sexual harassment, it will be illegal.
An employee’s termination because of whistleblowing, is also illegal. Employees have the right to report any illegal conduct or unsafe working conditions to government authorities without having to fear termination.
What can I do if I was wrongfully terminated?
A lawsuit can be filed against the formal employer and monetary damages can be sought.
Economic damages (loss of past and future wages and benefits) and emotional damages can be recovered. In some cases, punitive damages may also be awarded if the employer’s conduct was especially malicious.
Come to speak to us
KJT Law Group can help. We will look carefully at all the facts from your termination.
We will help you gather all of the available evidence related to your case. Preserving written documents are especially important, as well as writing down any oral conversations to the best of your recollection. We will advise you on your chances of success and will do our utmost to get you the maximum compensation available.
Reach out to schedule a free consultation with us today. (818)507-8525; info@KJTLawGroup.com.