Not all employment terminations rise to the level of wrongful termination. However, while California may be an “at-will” work state, that does not mean an employer can fire a worker for an illegal reason. If you believe you have been wrongfully terminated from your job, contact the Rise Law Firm today. Our qualified and experienced Los Angeles wrongful termination attorneys will investigate every aspect of your case in order to secure the compensation you are entitled to.
When you are going up against an employer for wrongful termination, you need an attorney who is ready to handle all aspects of your case. Rise Law Firm is ready to help.
Wrongful termination cases can be difficult. Because California is an “at-will” state, the employer could hide their illegal reasons for firing someone behind other excuses. In most cases, a wrongfully terminated employee will not have the resources necessary to properly investigate their case. However, a Los Angeles wrongful termination attorney will have the resources and legal experience necessary to:
Employers in this state generally have the right to hire or fire employees for any reason. However, there are times when a person loses their job because of some form of discrimination, retaliation, violation of public policy, or other illegal reasons.
Both state and federal law prohibits most types of discrimination in the workplace. The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) both provide strong protections for workers. In general, employers are prohibited from discriminating against workers when making decisions for hiring, firing, or any terms of employment based on the following:
In California, workers are also afforded protection from discrimination based on their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Please note that federal law does not currently offer this type of protection.
There are various reasons why an employer would retaliate against an employee. Sometimes, this retaliation shows up as harassment on the job, but it can lead to termination. Some of the most common reasons that an employee is retaliated against include the worker:
In many cases, a worker’s termination amounts to a violation of public policy. There are a variety of reasons that this could happen. Workers cannot be legally terminated for participating in the following:
In many cases, an employer will not follow their own policies when making disciplinary or termination decisions. Not all companies will have these policies in place, but when they do, they should be seen as contracts between the employee and employer.
With these cases, there is a set limit on when they can be filed. However, the limitation is based on certain elements of the termination.
Workers should never face termination based on the reasons we listed above. Not only is this a violation of the law, but it is unethical. If an employer has wrongfully terminated you or somebody you love, seek assistance from a skilled attorney immediately. At Rise Law Firm, we are ready to thoroughly investigate your case in order to secure any compensation you are entitled to. For these cases, this could include:
When you need a Los Angeles wrongful termination attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or calling 310-728-6588.