Most of us rely on our paychecks to support our families, maintain our lifestyles, and fuel our dreams. Losing your job can have mental and emotional consequences, and impact your potential for future employment opportunities. There can even be physical consequences arising from stress, anxiety and feelings of depression that accompany the loss of a job. When an employee is wrongfully terminated from their workplace these feelings are compounded by emotions like anger at the injustice of the decision, isolation, and disempowerment.
At Glick Law Group, we specialize in helping clients right the wrongs caused by the wrongful termination of their employment, whether that means job reinstatement with back pay or the recovery of damages designed to compensate you for the resulting hardships. If you believe you were wrongfully terminated, contact a California wrongful termination attorney at Glick Law Group for a free consultation. We’ll help you evaluate your claim.
California is an “Employment-at-Will” State
California is an “employment-at-will” state, which means most employees can be terminated at any time for any reason or for no reason at all. However, employers are not allowed to terminate employees for illegal reasons such as to silence an employee for blowing the whistle on the company’s illegal practices, refusing to engage in unlawful practices, or in retaliation for complaining about harassment, discrimination, or potential wage violations.
Potential Causes for Wrongful Termination
There are exemptions to an employee’s at-will status that will preclude an employer from relying on California’s at-will clause in a wrongful termination case. If you (or your lawyer) can prove your employer terminated you for one of the following reasons, you may have a viable wrongful termination claim:
- Retaliation because you complained about discrimination, sexual harassment, unsafe work conditions, or unpaid wages
- You refused to comply with or engage in illegal or unethical activities at work
- Retaliation for reporting your employer’s unethical or illegal activities (whistleblowing)
- You reported a work injury or applied for workers’ compensation benefits
- You took protected medical leave
- You engaged in constitutionally protected political activities, such as exercising your right to vote
- You took time off for military duty or jury duty
Contact a California Wrongful Termination Attorney
If you believe you were wrongfully terminated by your employer, you need an experienced California wrongful termination attorney to evaluate your claim. Contact us today for a free consultation. We’ll help you get the relief you deserve.