Wrongful Termination

Wrongful Termination

California law holds that most employment is “at will.” That means that an employer has pretty broad discretion about how and when an employee can be terminated. However, just because employment is at will does not mean that an employer can terminate someone for any reason. There are various situations where a termination may be considered wrongful or illegal.

At Lipeles Law Group, we are dedicated to helping workers in California who have lost their jobs due to a wrongful termination. We have extensive experience helping employees understand their rights and find out how they can take action against wrongful termination.

What is a Wrongful Termination?

A wrongful termination occurs when an employee is dismissed, fired, or forced to quit their job in violation of laws or public policy. Examples of wrongful termination include:

  • Termination based on discrimination – It is illegal for an employer to terminate someone based on their age, race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, disability, or medical condition.
  • Termination that violates an agreement – A termination may be wrongful if there was a contract between the employer and employee and the dismissal violates that contract.
  • Termination that violates your legal rights – Employees have certain legal rights related to medical leave, military service, and family leave. If an employee is terminated after taking time off that they are legally entitled to, the termination may be wrongful.

Filing a Wrongful Termination Claim

In California, employees can file a wrongful termination civil lawsuit if they are wrongfully terminated. Successful wrongful termination claims may result in penalties for the employer, and compensation for the employee.

In order to be successful in a wrongful termination claim, you must be able to prove that the termination was, in fact, wrongful. To do this, you must show that the termination was in violation of your civil rights, federal laws, or California public policy. This is best done with the help of a skilled employment law attorney.

Getting Help with Wrongful Termination Claims

If you believe that you have been wrongfully terminated, contact Lipeles Law Group. Let our skilled and experienced attorneys help you understand your rights, your termination, and your options to get justice.