Wrongful Termination

WRONGFULLY TERMINATED?

The majority of workers in California are “at-will” employees. This means that the employer may terminate the employment relationship at any time, with or without cause. However, there are important exceptions to the “at-will” rule that have been created by the courts, statutes, and public policy.

There are a variety of reasons an employer may not fire an employee, which is why contacting an employment lawyer for a free consultation is important if you have been terminated. There are two main categories for which an employee may not be terminated: (1) Discrimination; and (2) Retaliation.

Discrimination: Age, race, sexual orientation, gender, disability, political affiliation, religion and national origin.

Retaliation:

  • Whistleblowing (reporting perceived illegal activity to an outside entity/organization)
  • Protesting or reporting: discrimination, harassment, wage and hour violations, unsafe work conditions, illegal practices
  • Requesting or taking time off for: FMLA leave, maternity Leave, medical leave, disability leave, voting, jury duty

There are California laws and Federal laws protecting employees from being terminated for participating in protected activities.

We understand that losing your job is a difficult and stressful situation. Although the law can be complicated in this area, the majority of the laws are set-up to protect you. You cannot afford not to know your rights. Contact an experienced and skilled wrongful termination attorney at Aegis Law Firm to discuss your situation.