Protection from Wrongful Termination
Losing your job under any circumstances can be a traumatic and stressful experience. However, if your job termination was illegal or came under unfair circumstances in which you were harassed, discriminated, or retaliated against, it is particularly egregious. A firing or layoff that involves violations of the law is known as wrongful termination.
It is against the law to violate public policy while firing a worker. For example, a California employer cannot fire an employee for taking time off to vote, serving on a jury, taking time off to serve in the military or National Guard, or because he or she filed a workers’ compensation claim for an injury that was sustained on the job. Employees also cannot be fired for notifying the authorities about illegal activity or wrongful activity that is going on at the workplace. This is known as “whistleblowing.” For example, you cannot be fired for alerting the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) about unsafe conditions in the workplace.
It is also illegal for California companies to fire employees based on discrimination. If you were fired because of protected characteristics such as race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, or pregnancy, it is important that you speak with a wrongful termination lawyer right away. There are statutes of limitations or deadlines that apply to discrimination claims. So, time is of the essence.
If you’ve been wrongfully terminated from your job in California, you may be able to obtain compensation for your losses.
If you’re facing such a challenging situation, it is imperative that you contact an experienced California wrongful termination lawyer who will remain on your side, fight for your rights and help you seek fair compensation for your tremendous losses.
Contact Civil Justice Law for a free consultation to learn more.