Los Angeles Wrongful Termination Lawyer
Wrongfully Terminated in Los Angeles? Talk to an Experienced Employment Lawyer
Strong Advocates legal team passionately defends the rights of workers in Los Angeles and its surrounding areas. If you were an employee who was fired on terms that were discriminatory or retaliatory on the part of your former employer, you may be entitled to compensation for all the damages you have suffered as a result. We know how devastating sudden job loss can be when it comes to your finances, your family, and your general well-being. We fight hard to get our clients in wrongful termination cases the justice they deserve. For answers to specific inquiries regarding your case, please call us today at (800) 870-9886.
Wrongful Termination Law in California
California is an “at will” state, meaning employers may terminate an employment relationship for any cause or no cause at all, an employer is not allowed however, to fire workers for reasons that are retaliatory or unlawful. Otherwise, they may be sued by the wronged employee.
If an employee is left with no option but to quit their job due to terrible working conditions, then they may seek damages for lost wages under what is called “constructive wrongful termination.” In such a case, the employee is generally expected to use all internal reporting mechanisms available before quitting.
Unlawful Reasons for Termination of an Employee
In California, an employee may have a claim for wrongful termination if the employer has terminated them for at least one of the following reason:
- Race, sex, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, political affiliation, or some other classification that is protected by employment regulations
- Taking pregnancy, family, and/or medical leave
- Reporting sexual harassment or sexual assault
- Serving jury duty
- Demanding lunch or rest breaks, or overtime pay
- Showing concern over unlawful activity within the company
- Refusing to enter an unsafe workplace
- Refusing to sign an unlawful document
The Power of Taking Legal Action
It is illegal and unfair for an employer to fire someone because of their race, disability, pregnancy, or other protected reason. Companies should be held accountable for these actions and should be forced to pay significant compensation to the employees they have hurt. By taking civil legal action with a skilled and experienced attorney, our clients have the opportunity to stand up for these wrongs and help prevent the companies from treating other individuals in the same unfair manner. At Strong Advocates, we help our clients regain control of their life and obtain life-changing compensation because of the illegal actions of their employers.
How Long Do you Have to File a Lawsuit?
If you have been wrongfully terminated, you have a limited time to take action as determined by the statute of limitation. If the statute of limitation passes, you may lose your right to pursue legal action. The statute of limitation for wrongful termination is two years from the date of termination (See section 335.1 of the Code of Civil Procedure) but most cases can be brought within four years as explained below.
Most wrongful termination lawsuits include claims for workplace discrimination and retaliation, which are brought under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), the Pregnancy Disability Leave Law (PDLL), and/or the California Family Rights Act (CFRA). In order to file a lawsuit asserting claims under these laws, the individual (or her attorney) must first file a complaint with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) and obtain a right-to-sue letter. As of January 1, 2020, employees in California must file this complaint with the DFEH within three years of the wrongful act (i.e., the date of termination). The employee then must file a lawsuit within one year of receiving a “right-to-sue” letter from the DFEH.
Talk to an experienced employment lawyer at Strong Advocates today to learn more about your legal rights and options.
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