California is an “at-will” employment state, which means employers have broad discretion when they decide to fire an employee. In most cases, an employer can fire an employee who is working “at-will” at any time and for any reason.
However, it is important to understand that if you have been fired, you may have legal rights. If you can prove that the termination of employment violated state or federal laws you can prevail in a wrongful termination claim.
There are many examples of wrongful termination. Some of the most common reasons for wrongful termination claims include matters related to:
An employee is fired because he or she reported illegal or unlawful acts.
An employer fired an employee based on the employee’s age, race, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, or other protected class.
An employee was fired because the employee complained about wrongdoing, filed a workers’ compensation claim, reported sexual harassment, requested medical leave, reported unsafe work conditions, or exercised other legal and protected rights.
The termination occurred because the employee refused to break the law, exercised a legal right or privilege, performed a legal obligation, or reported a potential violation of a law.
The list above is just a short list of some examples of situations that may fall under wrongful termination and is not by any means exhaustive. If an employer fires an employee for any illegal reason, it is best to talk to a Burbank, California wrongful termination lawyer immediately.
An attorney investigates the termination and provides an honest legal assessment of your situation and your legal options. An employer is not likely to disclose the illegal reasons for your termination. You need help investigating the termination and gathering evidence proving that your termination was illegal.
Contact the Law Office of Alisa Goukasian, APC by calling 818-242-4601 to schedule your free consultation with a Burbank wrongful termination lawyer.