How To Pursue A Lawsuit For Wrongful Termination?
California is an “at-will” state, which means that the employer may terminate employment with or without “cause” – even if the employee is performing their job competently. However, there are still certain conditions under which terminating an employee in California is illegal and may subject an employer to civil liability.
Our Los Angeles wrongful termination lawyers at The Nourmand Law Firm, APC, are experienced and professional litigators. We can help you file your claim, and we will work diligently and aggressively to ensure that you obtain the legal remedies that you are entitled to.
When Is Termination Of Employment ‘Wrongful’ Or ‘Illegal’?
A termination may be wrongful under many different circumstances. In wrongful termination litigation, an employee must prove that the substantial motivating factor for termination was unlawful. Evidence in these cases could include corroborating witnesses, medical records, email records, employment documentation and more.
Terminations in violation of employment laws at the state or federal level may include:
- Terminating an employee because of their gender/sex such as for being pregnant
- Terminating an employee for taking legitimate medical leave or seeking reasonable accommodations for a disability
- Terminating an employee for requiring time off to care for a spouse, child, parent who is suffering froma serious health condition
- Terminating an employee on a pretext that is intended to mask an illegal reason, such as religious or racial discrimination
- Terminating an employee for taking time off to receive treatment for cancer or other serious health conditions
- Terminating an employee for complaining about sexual harassment or harassment because of an employee’s disability, pregnancy, gender, religion, etc.
Furthermore, “constructive termination” refers to a situation in which an employer purposefully makes the workplace or the job so unpleasant that they have no reasonable option but to resign.
Our Experienced Litigators Seek Maximum Compensation
Depending on the nature of your wrongful termination claim, you may be entitled to past and future wages, emotional distress, interest, and any other damages that may be available by statute.
In some cases, where the circumstances surrounding the termination are especially egregious, we may also be able to obtain punitive damages against the employer which may help prevent them from victimizing other employees in the future.
Learn Whether You Have A Valid Claim
If you have been terminated from your job in California, and you believe that the circumstances of your termination are suspicious, contact our attorneys at 310-553-3600. Your initial consultation is free, and there is no obligation to retain our firm.
We can help you evaluate the legal implications of your situation. With our knowledge of California’s broad protections for employees, we can help you identify if you have a legitimate civil claim for wrongful termination against your former employer.