Representing Victims Of Wrongful Termination
In California, all employees working without a contract may be discharged from employment as long as it is not for an illegal reason. However, some companies do fire employees unlawfully. If you suspect you may be a victim of wrongful termination in Los Angeles or elsewhere in California, turn to Golan Law, P.C.
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Exceptions To The Rule
There are exceptions to a company’s right to fire you. Some of these exceptions include:
- You’re a victim of discrimination
- You lost your position after lodging a complaint concerning sexual harassment, overtime and wage issues or discrimination
- You were discharged in violation of a contract
- You took a leave from your job due to military service
- You had a long illness or took days off because your child was ill
- You refused to perform in a work environment that was not healthy
- You refused your employer’s request to violate the law
- You reported your employer’s illegal conduct (“whistle blowing”)
- You took time off of work to vote
You Have Legal Rights
If you are terminated unlawfully, you may recover lost wages and benefits, damages for emotional distress and maybe even your job back.
How To Protect Yourself
It may be a good idea to keep a record of the events concerning your firing because your employer may try to cover up an illegal termination.
It might be a good idea to keep track – in writing – of locations, dates and names of people involved in your performance reviews, off-hand comments, commendations and castigation about your work. It’s best to keep these notes in a safe place. You might also want to file a written complaint to your supervisor or company’s HR.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I was fired by my employer without any verbal or written warning. Can I sue him for illegal termination?
A: You need to know what the employer’s motivating factor of firing you was. If the factor was illegal, then you have a claim for wrongful termination.
Q: I finally quit because my sales manager made my life so afflicted that I couldn’t handle it. Can I bring a wrongful termination lawsuit against her?
A: It is a constructive termination when a supervisor makes the conditions of your employment intolerable and forces you to quit. You may be able to bring a wrongful termination lawsuit against the company.