You’ve recently been fired or laid off, and the stress is overwhelming. All of a sudden, your sense of security has been destabilized; you fear for your future, your family’s future; and those important bills for housing, insurance, and other necessities are looming over you like a dark cloud.
What makes matters even worse is that you were wrongly fired by your employer. Your immediate and natural reaction is to file a complaint. But first you should ask yourself: how familiar are you with the complex procedures associated with this kind of legal claim? Unless you are an expert in employment law, you need professional legal assistance in order to win your case and get the justice you deserve.
At Wilshire Law Firm, our experienced wrongful termination lawyers are committed to fighting for your employee rights and ensuring that you are fairly treated and compensated. If you have suffered an unwarranted dismissal, call us today at (213) 805-8549 for high quality legal representation – and let us help you restore security.
The Problem with At-Will Employment
California is an “at-will” employment state. This means an employee can be dismissed by an employer for any reason (that is, without having to establish “just cause” for termination), and without warning. However, even at-will employees have certain rights against a wrongful termination and cannot be fired for reasons that violate public policy, or the law.
What Are Exceptions to the At-Will Rule?
An employer can fire an at-will employee for any reason, except for the following:
- Discrimination – You cannot be fired because of your gender, age, race, sexual orientation, or other protected class or characteristic.
- Retaliation – You cannot be fired for filing a legitimate work complaint about discrimination, harassment, or other workplace rights violations.
- Refusal to Commit an Illegal Act – If an employee refuses a request by the employer to commit an illegal act, he or she cannot be fired as a result.
- Family or Medical Leave – An employer cannot fire an employee who takes family or medical leave for a reason outlined in the Family and Medical Leave Act.
Furthermore, an employer must adhere to the conditions and/or procedures outlined in an employee contract, handbook, or company policy before an employee is terminated.
Assessing Your Wrongful Termination Claim
By providing proactive representation – investigating the reasons for your termination, gathering and retaining appropriate documents, obtaining a copy of your personnel file, conducting interviews, etc. – we can help you secure any benefits to which you are entitled, including:
- Back pay
- Legal fees
- Compensatory and punitive damages
- Compensation for emotional stress
Leading Wrongful Termination Attorneys in California
Call us today at (213) 805-8549 to speak with a trustworthy wrongful termination attorney about your rights and options after an unjust job termination. Our dedicated legal experts are available 24/7 to screen your case and give you valuable advice.