If you have been fired from your job for illegal reasons, it is critical to work with an experienced employment law attorney to ensure that your rights are upheld. In California, a complaint must be filed within a certain time frame. As experienced wrongful termination lawyers, we can guide you through the process.
Orange County Wrongful Termination Lawyers
Under California law, wrongful termination has a specific legal definition. It does not mean that the termination was wrong, or unfair. It means that the termination violated specific public policies contained in statutes, regulations or constitutional provisions.
For example, it is unlawful for an employer to fire an employee due to:
- Taking of a medical leave
- Requesting a reasonable accommodation for a disability
- National origin
- Sexual orientation
- Marital status
- Because the employee engaged in whistleblowing by complaining about or otherwise opposing certain specified unlawful, fraudulent or unethical conduct.
Since California is an “at will ” state, meaning that employees can generally be let go for any reason or no reason at all, even if it is dubious, filing a viable employee rights claim means establishing a legal theory that employee rights were violated. At Farnell & Norman, our employment law and wrongful termination attorneys can evaluate the viability of your claim and help you to understand your options. These can include filing with various government agencies such as the EEOC and Department of Labor as well as a possible wrongful termination lawsuit.
Exemptions to “At Will” Rules
“At will” rules do not apply in certain circumstances such as fraud, firing after inducement, misrepresentation, violation of existing employer contracts or of public policy issues like discrimination or sexual harassment.
If you feel that you have been fired unfairly and might have a wrongful termination case, it is critical to work with an experienced, proven employment law lawyer to ensure the best chance of success.