Wrongful Termination Lawyers
In California, employers can lawfully fire their employees for many reasons, many of which don’t seem fair. However, employers cannot fire employees based on certain protected characteristics, including age, gender, pregnancy, race, religion and disability, and for exercising their right to take protected leave. Such a firing constitutes a wrongful termination.
If you have lost your job and you believe it may have been a wrongful termination, the lawyers at California Employment Counsel, APC, are here to help you explore your legal options.
How Our California Employment Lawyers Can Help
There are many ways an employer can execute a wrongful termination, and not all of them are obvious. Our firm is devoted to employment law, so we are able to see even the most well-hidden motives. Your employer may:
Laid Off Or Wrongfully Terminated?
Being told you are getting laid off is hard to hear in any context. In some cases, it is legal and within an employer’s right. Most cases of people being laid off do not involve anything personal about the employee, but are merely business decisions. In most cases, layoffs are due to a lack of funds or work. In other cases, however, a layoff could be a ruse for something illegal.There are instances in which an employer may lay off an employee so it is not liable for an illegal firing. If you suspect this may be the case in your situation, you may have grounds to prove wrongful termination and bring legal charges against your employer.
How A Lawyer Can Help
You may not be able to definitively tell the difference between being terminated and being laid off, but there are a few signs that may indicate this is the case. If someone is hired soon after you are laid off, in your same position, this would imply that you were wrongfully terminated. Ageism, retaliation and discrimination involving the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) are all also causes for layoffs disguised as wrongful termination.
If you suspect your layoff was actually a disguised illegal firing, you can take legal action against your company. You may be owed compensation.
Questions About Wrongful Termination: When You Need To Get Them Answered
Many people contact our office after losing their jobs in unfair circumstances, and rightfully so. It is a very stressful thing to lose your income and see your career suffer. It is important to seek legal advice if you believe your rights have been violated.
Understand Your Rights So You Can Plan Your Next Steps
The attorneys of California Employment Counsel, APC, can help you understand if your termination qualifies as wrongful.
The subject of wrongful termination is confusing to many people for a few reasons:
- A manager or boss can be unprofessional or malicious in firing an employee, without breaking the law. It is not always illegal to behave unethically or in an inconsiderate manner.
- In many situations, a company can terminate an employee without a good reason — or for no reason — without breaking the law.
- Hearsay, news stories and social media posts are not trustworthy sources of information about employment law issues.
We help our clients answer important questions like:
- What if I was fired because of my age?
- I believe I was retaliated against for reporting or complaining about violations. What can I do?
- What’s the best thing that could happen if I sue my employer?
- Will I be able to get my job back?
- What are my chances of winning the case?
- What if I was terminated by a boss who sexually harassed me?
- What if I was forced to quit or resign my position?
These questions can cause you to live in misery, unsure of what to do or where to turn. You need the help of an experienced employment law attorney, who can answer them and give you a definitive course of action.
Get A Free, No-Obligation Consultation Today
Your employer must comply with specific policies when laying off employees. If it does not meet these requirements, you could have a case for wrongful termination. Speaking with an attorney can help you figure out your circumstances and whether you have cause to believe you were wrongfully terminated.
For more information about these requirements and to see if you have a case for wrongful termination, contact our office in Orange County, California. You can set up a free consultation and get more information from our lawyers about your situation. Use our website or call (714) 462-8376 or toll free at 866-545-2415.