Wrongful Termination Attorneys in Los Angeles
Protecting Your Right to Work in California
While most employees in California are “at will” employees, there are many exceptions to this basic rule. Your employer cannot fire you for any illegal reason. They cannot fire you because of your race, your gender, your ethnicity, your religion, or your sexual orientation, among other things. They cannot fire you because you complained about illegal conduct, like sexual harassment or your employer’s illegal business practices, to your bosses or a government agency. They cannot fire you because you demanded your rightful wages or complained about being misclassified as a contractor or as a salaried employee.
Employees who have been wrongfully terminated can collect damages to account for lost income and the pain and suffering caused by the employer’s misconduct. We know how stressful and traumatic it can be to lose a job and your livelihood.
At King & Siegel LLP, our Los Angeles wrongful termination lawyers have recovered millions of dollars for California workers who were illegally fired from their jobs. We are passionate about providing aggressive legal representation for those who have lost their livelihood because of their employer’s illegal action. Contact our employment law attorneys to enforce your right to make a living.
Call (213) 214-3757 today to discuss your case with our knowledgeable lawyers during a free consultation.
Exceptions to the Employment at Will Doctrine
Under California law, there are provisions designed to protect people’s right to gainful employment. The statutes contain limitations on unfair firing and acknowledge three exceptions to the “at-will” rule.
The three exceptions to the California employment “at-will” doctrine include:
- Termination for reasons contrary to California public policy
- Termination that breaches an implied employment contract for employment
- Termination that breaches an implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing in the employer/employee relationship
Unlawful Reasons for Termination
Some of the most common grounds for wrongful termination cases is dismissal based on age, sex, race, disability, sexual orientation, or membership in another protected category. However, discrimination is not the only grounds on which one may build a case. Employers often fire their employees when they assert a protected right.
You could also have a case for wrongful termination if you’ve been fired for:
- Filing a sexual harassment complaint
- Taking family or medical leave
- Reporting unethical or illegal conduct of an employer, such as discrimination
- Applying for workers’ compensation benefits
- Taking time off to serve on jury duty
- Performing military service
Additionally, you may be able to file a claim based on constructive discharge. This option is available for those individuals who were forced to resign from their job due to intolerable working conditions or a hostile work environment.
Compensation in Wrongful Termination Claims
Cases involving wrongful termination can vary in compensation depending on many factors, including the losses you suffered financially and emotionally.
In general, some of the wrongful termination damages can include:
- Lost wages/income: This can include the pay that you would have earned had you not been fired, such as overtime and other unpaid wages.
- Lost benefits: The amount of benefits such as insurance, retirement, and stocks, can be included in your damages.
- Emotional distress / Pain and suffering: In some cases, it may be possible to recover damages for the emotional distress you suffered as a result of the termination.
- Punitive damages: For employers who acted egregiously in your termination, punitive damages may be awarded by the jury as a way to punish the defendant.
- Attorney's fees: Your claim may also include attorney's fees and court costs.
Working with an experienced wrongful termination attorney can help you maximize your chances of success. We at King & Siegel LLP are ready to fight for you.
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