Helping Employees in California to File a Wrongful Termination Claim or Lawsuit against their Employer
Fewer things can be more frustrating than being terminated from your job unexpectedly. In some instances, you may be able to take legal action against your employer for wrongful termination. However, at other times, you may not be eligible to take such action since the State of California is an at-will employment state. In any case, if your employment has been unexpectedly terminated, an investigation into the situation may be beneficial.
If you believe that your employment has been wrongfully terminated, it is essential that you seek out experienced legal representation in your case as soon as possible. The attorneys at Shah Law Group are prepared to investigate your situation, and if necessary, to file a wrongful termination claim against your employer. Please give us a call to find out more about how we can assist you with your wrongful termination case today.
When it comes to employment and wrongful termination, the State of California is an employment-at-will state. This means that an employer is able to terminate an employee at any time – and for any reason – unless there is an illegal motive for the employment termination.
In many cases, therefore, an employer may be able to lawfully terminate an employee, even though the termination may not seem fair or justified to the employee under the circumstances. A knowledgeable wrongful termination lawyer can examine the circumstances of your termination and determine if you may be eligible to make a claim against your employer for wrongful termination.
Exceptions to At-will Employment
The State of California has several exceptions to the traditional at-will employment rule. Specifically, an employer is not authorized to terminate an employee for an illegal reason.
For example, an employer may not terminate an employee for a discriminatory reason, such as for the employee’s age, gender, ethnicity, or any other protected classification. Moreover, an employer may not terminate an employee out of retaliation for complaining about the employer’s harassment or discriminatory practices.
Likewise, an employer may not terminate an employee if there is an existing or an implied contract of employment that is in place. Finally, an employer may not terminate an employee who complains/whistleblows about safety violations, workplace health, or other similar legal issues.
Legal Options Available to You
If you believe that you have been wrongfully terminated from your employment, you do have legal options available to you. The first option is to file a written complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and/or the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing. Finally, as a wrongfully terminated employee, you may be able to file a lawsuit against your employer in California state or Federal court.
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