Wrongfully Terminated in Los Angeles?
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Strong Advocates legal team passionately defends the rights of workers in LA and its surrounding areas. If you were an employee who was fired on terms that were clearly abusive 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. That is why we do not tolerate wrongful termination and fight hard to get clients in these cases the justice they deserve. For answer to any 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, even if the reason is dubious. However, an employer is not allowed to fire workers for reasons that are retaliatory or unlawful, as defined by the state. To sum it up, an employer may fire an employee as long as there is no unlawful conduct present. Otherwise, they may be sued by the wronged employee.
An employee may also bring a lawsuit against an employer for wrongful termination, if their contract specified certain terms or conditions that were breached by the employer before or at the time of the termination.
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.” However, they are expected to use all internal reporting mechanisms available before quitting. An employee cannot simply quit and sue because of a single incident or because conditions are less than satisfactory. If the employer repeatedly fails to respond to the employee’s complaints, then the employee may have a valid lawsuit, as long as the complaints and efforts have been well-documented, of course.
Unlawful Reasons for Termination of an Employee
There are very specific instances in which an employee can claim wrongful termination. The following reasons for termination of an employee are not considered lawful by the state:
- Race, sex, 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
- 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
If you have suffered a violation of your rights under the Fair Employment and Housing Act, you should generally file a complaint with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) within one year of the violation; otherwise, you may lose your right to pursue legal action.
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