What Can Be Done After A Wrongful Termination?
California is an at-will employment state. This means that an employer can terminate an employee for any reason (or no reason) so long as it is not explicitly prohibited by law. If you were terminated from your job, the termination may be “wrongful” if you can demonstrate that the substantial motivating reason for the termination was illegal.
At Licata & Yeremenko, our attorneys are well-versed in the protections afforded to workers by California as well as the federal laws and can provide you with proper guidance with regard to your potential case.
Examples Of Wrongful Termination
There are numerous state and federal laws that preserve and protect the rights of employees in California. Between protected classes and unethical actions of employers, there are many situations in which one might behave a viable claim for wrongful termination, including, but not limited to:
- Discrimination on the basis of a protected class such as age, race, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy status, physical or mental disability, religion, national origin, or political affiliation
- Sexual harassment or abuse
- A hostile work environment
- Retaliation for filing a worker’s compensation claim
- Retaliation for complaining about wage and hour issues, including breaks and overtime
- Retaliation for becoming a whistleblower
- Retaliation for taking a leave protected by the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) or the California Family Rights Act (CFRA)
What To Do If You Suspect Wrongful Termination
If you believe that you were terminated unjustly, you should take immediate steps toward finding out and protecting your rights. Some of these include:
- Gathering evidence in the form of — emails, text message, letters, doctor’s notes, termination notices, photographs, etc.
- Talking to potential witnesses about the circumstances surrounding the termination, finding out what they know and/or observed and seeing if they are willing to be a witness on your behalf
- Creating a timeline of significant dates and events — memories fade and this will help both you and your attorney piece together your potential case
- Looking for work and documenting all of your job searches
- Contacting an attorney to determine if you have a viable case
Our Attorneys Are Ready To Help
Losing a job can have a devastating impact on a person and their family. It is, therefore, important to know your rights and take action if you were subject to wrongful termination.
At Licata & Yeremenko, our experienced attorneys are here to guide you through this difficult time and to help try and obtain justice for the employer’s wrongful conduct. Please call 818-783-5757 for a free consultation or click here to reach out to one of our skilled California wrongful termination attorneys.