You may have heard, or seen in your contract, that you are an at-will employee. Meaning, you can leave your job at any time without explanation.
You may have also heard that your employer may fire you at any time without cause or reason. Even though your employer doesn’t need a good reason to fire you, they are still prohibited by law from terminating you for an unlawful reason.
Being fired from your job for reasons such as discrimination or retaliation is unlawful. It hurts individuals and families deeply. It can occur for many reasons, and sometimes it’s hard to spot. No matter what you call it, it’s illegal. Luckily, the state of California has specific laws in place to protect its workers against this unlawful act. We understand you work hard at your job, and you should be judged on the quality of your work and nothing else.
Many who have experienced wrongful termination may feel hopeless, with nowhere to turn. You may be tempted to accept this unlawful behavior because you feel like you cannot fight back against a company by yourself. We are here to tell you that you do not have to fight alone. We advocate for California’s workforce.
If you have experienced sexual harassment at work, you know how much it hurts. Being fired for your gender is one form of sexual harassment, but there are others.
It can consist of implicit or explicit sexual overtones, or even worse. These acts can traumatize a person, and you lose a lot more than your job. It’s time to put your foot down and show them you will not accept this kind of behavior. The law is on your side. Sexual harassment can also include discrimination due to pregnancy.
Don’t let this abusive behavior go unpunished. There are systems in place to protect you. Over 60% of women in the United States have reported experiencing unwanted sexual attention in the workplace. Together we can bring that number down by holding the people responsible accountable.
Unfortunately, a common cause of wrongful termination is discrimination. This happens when an employer subjects a particular group of people to unfair treatment
This can bebased on factors like race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, disability, age, genetic information, military or veteran status.
The Fair Employment and Housing Act protects these rights. If you feel that your employer has personally targeted you, it’s time to take action now.
Remember, discrimination in the workplace is a serious offense. It is wrong. If you have seen it happen or had it happen to you, you know how damaging it can be. Maybe you don’t even feel safe at work anymore. These are all signs that it’s time to take your case to the next level and speak with a lawyer.
Family and Medical Leave Violation
The Family and Medical Leave Act is a federal law, meaning it applies to the entire country, including California. This entitles eligible employees up to 12 workweeks per year of unpaid, job-protected leave.
It is unlawful for your employer to terminate you for taking this kind of leave. Covered under the act are parenting duties, caring for a spouse or parent with a medical condition, and more.
As a worker in the United States, the law entitles you to up to twelve weeks of unpaid time off to care for your medical issues or those of an immediate family member under certain conditions. These employment law cases can be especially complicated and should be prosecuted with the help of an experienced attorney.
Wage and Hour Litigation
Have you ever thought your paycheck was short and just kept it to yourself? Decided to suck it up? Maybe you weren’t paid correctly for overtime or forced to work through your lunch break.
If this sounds familiar, you may be a victim of wage theft. Workers in the service field are especially vulnerable to this kind of breach.
Remember, wage and hour theft and discrimination go hand in hand. Women and minorities are more likely to fall victim to this theft. Companies steal millions of dollars out of their worker’s pockets each year through wage and hour violations. If you have ever been forced to clock out early, had your tips stolen, or denied a meal break, it’s time to get what you deserve.
Breach of Employment Contract
Your employer should respect your contract. You held up your end, came to work every day, and did your part. Breaching a contract is more than morally wrong; it is illegal and punishable by law.
For example, if your employment contract stated you would be paid $50,000 for your work, anything less is unacceptable and you have the right to receive the payment you deserve.
If your employer breaches your contract and you already went through all the reasonable channels to give them an opportunity to make things right, then it might be time to take a more drastic step. Breach of contract litigation can help you get the money you are entitled to for your work.