Are you struggling with a job termination?
We often speak with men and women who were fired from a job, and those companies may not have always made the move in accordance with California law. The employment attorneys at the Gokal Law Group, Inc. represent employees in many employment-related disputes and lawsuits including wrongful termination. While many employees in California are hired as an “at-will” employee, there are some cases where your boss may have violated your rights by firing you. How do you know if you have a wrongful termination case on your hands?
Employees who should seek counsel on the basis of wrongful termination have been terminated under one of these three areas:
The California Fair Employment and Housing Act protects California employees from discrimination in the workplace and has made it illegal for employers to fire employees based on a variety of protected characteristics including:
- National Orientation
- Sexual Orientation
- Genetic Information
- Gender Identity
- Marital Status
- AIDS/HIV Status
- Medical Condition
- Political Beliefs
- Military or Veteran Status
- Victim of Domestic Violence, Stalking, or Assault
If you believe you have been let go from your place of work based on the discrimination of your protected class, you may have the right to compensation from your former employer.
Pregnancy or Family Leave
Under the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), it is illegal to fire an employee after or because of taking rightful pregnancy or family leave. While an employer may have the right to terminate these employees for other reasons, firing an employee based only on these facts is considered unlawful under California law.
Health and Safety Complaints
If you have reported health and safety complaints to your employers, it is unlawful for them to terminate you because of those actions. That could constitute retaliation. Many employees report acts of misconduct in the workplace such as sexual harassment or unsafe work conditions only to find they have lost their job as a result.
Labor code section 6310 protects workers in California from retaliation for complaints about unsafe or unhealthy working conditions. Meanwhile, labor code section 1102.5 protects employees who report or complain about illegal conduct by the employer or refuse to take part in unlawful activities at work.
The bottom line is that you shouldn’t be punished for doing the right thing!
California is considered to be one of the most “employee-friendly” states, and your rights and an employee should never be violated.
If you feel you have been the victim of wrongful termination, we invite you to contact our experienced attorneys for a consultation. Our no-fee guarantee promises that if you have a case, we don’t get paid until you do, and we will fight to ensure your rights are protected. Contact us to speak with one of our employment attorneys in Orange County.