Seeking Justice For Wrongful Termination
Discovering you’ve been let go of a job without warning is stressful. In some cases, however, the termination breaks the law and can be challenged in court. At Tuttle & McCloskey, PC, our attorneys are experienced in defending California’s workers against wrongful termination. We’ll stand up for you and help you seek justice against an employer who has illegally terminated you.
You Need An Advocate If You’ve Been Wrongfully Terminated
Our attorneys stay current with the ever-changing landscape of employment laws. We understand California’s labor laws and can help you define your case if you suspect you’ve experienced wrongful termination. Most employment is at-will, meaning it can be difficult to prove your employer broke the law in firing you. But with a knowledgeable attorney at your side, you’ll have an advocate to help you protect your rights and recover the compensation you deserve for your job loss.
Defining Your Wrongful Termination Case
Wrongful termination can fall into a number of categories. The most obvious forms include discrimination or retaliation, but even less obvious reasons, such as violations of employment agreements or employment handbooks, may count toward a wrongful termination case. The following are instances in which an employer may have broken the law in terminating you:
- Discrimination – Whether based on race, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability or pregnancy, today’s laws protect workers from being penalized through discrimination. Some states offer stronger protections than others against sexual orientation or gender identity discrimination. California law does protect those identifying characteristics.
- Retaliation – In many cases, employees who have acted as whistleblowers or filed a complaint have been punished for their actions. California law protects workers from being fired for reporting concerns, harassment or illegal behavior or for organizing to improve work or pay conditions. You also can’t be fired for taking time off for civic participation, such as serving in jury duty, participating in military service or voting.
- Medical history violation – Your genetic and medical history is protected under a congressional act that prevents employers from accessing that information and possibly using it against you. This prohibits them from firing you based on, for instance, higher risks of certain diseases or other forms of physical decline. Your employer is even subject to federal penalties for accessing that private information.
- Contract violation – Employment is generally considered at-will, meaning employers can willfully terminate you even without a reason (excepting the above conditions). However, if your work contract specifies that you’d need a cause for termination, your employer must not fire you unless you’ve specifically violated your own terms and conditions for employment.
Working with a legal representative is important in a wrongful termination suit because you may otherwise end up shortchanged on your entitled settlement or claim. An attorney can help make sense of any gray areas and hold your employer accountable.
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Call Tuttle & McCloskey today at 559-500-3393 to discuss how we can help you with your wrongful termination suit and other employment law questions. You can also contact us online, and we’ll be in touch shortly.