California Wrongful Termination Lawyers
California law allows for at-will employment, which means outside of an employment contract, an employer can decide to terminate an employee for nearly any reason – or even no real reason at all. However, at-will employment is not limitless, as federal and state employment laws protect employees from certain types of unlawful conduct at work. When an employer terminates an employee for a reason that violates the law, the employee can take action and seek damages for wrongful termination.
There are many possible reasons why termination may be wrongful, though they can all be difficult to prove. It is critical to have an experienced California wrongful termination lawyer handling your case and protecting your rights. Do not wait to discuss a possible case with our legal team at Setareh Law Group.
Workplace Discrimination and Sexual Harassment
The California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), as well as several federal laws, protect employees from adverse employment action due to unlawful discrimination. Unlawful workplace discrimination can be based on the following and more:
If an employer fires you out of bias for any of the above reasons, it constitutes wrongful termination.
- Race or color
- National origin or ancestry
- Age (for employees over 40)
- Marital status
- Sexual orientation
- Gender expression or identity
- Medical conditions
- Genetic information
In addition, employers are prohibited from allowing sexual harassment to take place at work. If you were subject to sexual harassment, and it led to the loss of your job, you can take action to hold your employer accountable. This includes situations in which you felt forced to quit because the sexual harassment was unbearable, and your employer took inadequate measures to stop it.
Wrongful Termination Due to Unlawful Retaliation
Both the law and public policy prevent termination in retaliation for an employee exercising a legal right. Employees have many rights under the law, and you should be free to exercise those rights without fear of losing your job. Unfortunately, many employers take adverse action against employees – including termination – who are well within their rights.
Some commons reasons for wrongful termination stemming from unlawful retaliation include the following:
- Complaining of unlawful discrimination
- Complaining of sexual harassment
- Refusing to engage in unlawful or unethical behavior
- Reporting unethical or unlawful behavior to the authorities or government
- Participating in an investigation of unlawful conduct
- Requesting qualified family or medical leave
- Complaining of unpaid wages or labor law violations
Retaliation can take many forms, including termination of the employee.
Proving Wrongful Termination
Employers will rarely come forward and admit to engaging in unlawful conduct such as wrongful termination. Instead, they will often provide another pretextual reason for firing you. You need the right legal representation to prove the true reason for the termination was in violation of your rights.
Contact Our California Wrongful Termination Lawyers for Assistance Right Away
The California wrongful termination attorneys at Setareh Law Group represent employees harmed by their employers. We always seek the full value of your claim, and our clients have received over $100 million in damages from cases we handled. Call (877) 777-3774 or contact us online to discuss a potential case.