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Details About Wrongful Termination

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In the state of California most employees work at-will- meaning they can be fired at any moment with or without notice. While there are several reasons why an at-will employee may be fired, California law addresses reasons that are illegal and off-limits. Workers who have been wrongfully terminated may collect lost wages, benefits, and more as a result of the employer’s violation of the law.

Were you wrongfully terminated by your employer? If so, you have to stand up for your rights. Let Haig B. Kazandjian Lawyers APC help. Call us at (800) 576-4620 to speak with a Glendale wrongful termination attorney about what to do next. We take cases throughout Los Angeles County and Riverside County.

Employment Contract-Based Claims

If you have a valid employment contract that promises continued employment for a specific period of time, or a contract that limits your employer’s ability to fire you, the employer must honor this agreement. If a California employer fires an employee in violation of the terms of a valid employment contract, there may be a valid wrongful termination claim as a result.

It is worth noting that a valid employment contract may be created by a written or an oral agreement. A valid employment contract can also be implied, based solely on certain actions or statements by the employer that create an agreement. If a California employer breached an oral, written, or implied employment contract, the wrongfully terminated employee may seek compensation through a lawsuit, or may use the breach to negotiate a beneficial severance package.

Discrimination-Based Claims

Both California and federal law prohibit employers to make job decisions, including those based on firing, hiring, and promotion, based on specific protected characteristics.

In the state of California, protected characteristics include:

  • Age
  • Citizenship status
  • Color
  • Disability
  • Gender identity
  • Genetic information
  • HIV/AIDS status
  • Marital status
  • Medical condition
  • Military or veteran status
  • National origin
  • Political beliefs and/or activities
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Sex (including pregnancy)
  • Sexual orientation
  • Status as a domestic violence, stalking, or assault victim

If an employee is fired because he or she is a member of a protected class, that would be a wrongful termination in violation of California employment law. When a wrongfully terminated employee wins an employment discrimination suit, he or she may be awarded lost wages and benefits, attorneys’ fees, court costs, damages for emotional distress, and possibly punitive damages.

Retaliation-Based Claims

California and federal law also prohibits an employer from firing an employee for exercising or attempting to enforce his or her employment rights. Examples of employee rights include filing a complaint for discrimination or harassment, taking time off for jury duty, requesting family and medical leave, complaining about illegal wage and hour practices, or filing a workers’ compensation claim. In fact, the state of California may offer the most protections for employees when compared to other states across the nation, allowing several potential bases for a wrongful termination claim based on employer retaliation. The type of damages available to an employee for a retaliation-based claim depends upon the law under which the employee is exercising his or her rights.

Experienced Employment Discrimination Lawsuit Help

If you believe you have been the victim of wrongful termination in California, be sure to speak with an experienced California employment lawyer right away. At Haig B. Kazandjian Lawyers, APC, we can help go through the facts of your case to determine your strongest claims and assert your rights under applicable California and federal laws.

Call (800) 576-4620 or use an online contact form to begin.

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