At Yoosefian Law Firm, P.C., we help workers in California get legal justice after they were wrongfully terminated from their employment. In most cases, this means obtaining compensation for the harm that they suffered as a result of their job loss.
If you believe you were fired in violation of the law, call our office in Glendale at 818-275-1529 for a free consultation with one of our attorneys.
Not All Terminations Are Wrongful: When Is It Wrongful Discharge?
California is an at-will employment state. This means that employers can discipline or terminate employment without needing or giving a reason. Although it may seem like it, this power is not unlimited. In fact, there are many situations in which a layoff or firing could be considered wrongful termination.
Potential situations that violate the law include terminating your employment:
- Based on discrimination of your race, sex, religion, sexual orientation, pregnancy or other protected classes
- After you file a claim with human resources or complain about sexual harassment
- When you request protected medical leave or shortly upon your return
- For taking time off for jury duty, to vote or serve in the military or National Guard
- If you report unsafe working conditions to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
- Notifying authorities about illegal activity (whistleblowing)
- After meeting with other employees to discuss working conditions
Retaliation Short Of Termination Is Also Illegal
Not all employers go as far as firing an employee. In many cases, retaliation is subtler. Examples of retaliation include:
- Demoting you
- Reducing your pay
- Giving you a less desirable shift
- Making you work longer hours
- Writing a bad performance report without basis
- Isolating you in the office
- Changing your job duties to interfere with a disability
- Degrading or harassing you in front of co-workers
Were You Fired In Violation Of The Law? Talk To One Of Our Lawyers For Free.
Not every termination is a wrongful termination, but the line between legal and illegal is not always clear. If you believe that you were fired in violation of your rights, please contact our law firm for a free initial consultation with one of our attorneys.