Under California Constitution, Article I Section 8, a person may not be disqualified from entering a business, profession, vocation or employment because of their sex, race, creed, color, or national or ethnic origin. Under the California Fair Employment Housing Act, it is also unlawful for an employer to terminate an employee because of the employee’s race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, or sexual orientation.
If you have experienced wrongful termination in violation of public policy, you must contact a California wrongful termination lawyer from The Nourmand Law Firm so that we can review your situation, explain your rights and help you file a lawsuit against your employer.
Wrongful Termination Violations in California
If you are unlawfully terminated in the State of California, you may be entitled to recover damages from your employer. The wrongful termination lawyers at The Nourmand Law Firm have helped many clients who have been unlawfully terminated or retaliated against. We will aggressively fight for your rights in court and work hard to help you get the compensation you deserve.
You have the right to file a lawsuit against your employer for the following wrongful termination violations:
- Termination based on race, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, religion or some other protected class
- Opposition to some unlawful activity
- Requesting accommodation
- Taking pregnancy leave
- Demanding overtime, rest breaks or lunch breaks that you have earned or are entitled to
- Taking family and/or medical leave that you are entitled to
- Taking time off to vote
- Your Marital or family status
- Serving jury duty
There are a number of other reasons and situations where termination is considered to be unlawful in the State of California. These include:
- Firing in violation of Federal and State anti-discrimination laws
- Firing as a form of sexual harassment
- Firing in violation of labor laws
- Firing in retaliation of an employee having filed a complaint or claim against the employer
- Termination because an employee has requested leave for or filed a complaint in the following ways:
- Jury duty
- Domestic violence complaint
- Workplace safety complaint
- Whistle blowing
Some violations carry statutory penalties while others require the employer to pay damages based on the terminated employee’s lost wages and other expenses. In some cases, a wrongful termination case may raise the possibility that the employer pays punitive damages to the terminated employee.
California Wrongful Termination Law
In the State of California, the majority of employment relationships are on an “at will” basis. This means that the employer and the employee may terminate the employment relationship for any reason, with or without cause. The only exception is when there is an unlawful motivation or retaliatory reason for the termination. When the employer’s conduct violates state and federal laws, it is grounds for a lawsuit.
All employees who have suffered unlawful conduct in the State of California are protected under the Fair Employment and Housing Act and/or California Constitution. The California wrongful termination lawyers at The Nourmand Law Firm can help you file your claim and provide the professional representation you need to win your case.