If Your Employment Was Wrongfully Terminated, Our Attorneys Are Ready To Fight For You
The majority of employees in California are working under the employee-at-will doctrine. This means that, with few exceptions, either the employer or the employee can choose to end the employment relationship at any time for any reason. Those few exceptions, however, are critical, and they provide the foundation of a wrongful termination claim.
At Employee Justice Legal Group PC, our team of experienced attorneys is dedicated to protecting the rights and livelihoods of workers in the Los Angeles area. We have earned a reputation for our outstanding results both in and out of the courtroom as well as our commitment to client service. We can assess your wrongful termination claim and help you seek justice and compensation.
What Constitutes Wrongful Termination?
Generally, wrongful termination claims fall into one of these three categories:
- The termination was in violation of a law or statute. For example, the termination was based on the employee being pregnant or the employee’s race.
- The termination was a violation of public policy. For example, the employee is terminated for refusing to participate in illegal activities (such as not filing a tax return) or for participating in a legally protected right (such as the right to vote).
- The termination was in breach of an employment agreement. Employment agreements can supersede California’s employee-at-will doctrine. For example, if an employee’s contract specified a specific timeframe of employment and the worker was terminated before the timeframe ended, the employee may have a claim for wrongful termination.
Whether you were fired for discriminatory reasons, in retaliation for lawful actions or in violation of the terms of a contract, our attorneys are ready to provide experienced and aggressive representation. They have an in-depth knowledge of the law and are equally comfortable in the courtroom or behind the negotiation table.
Proving Your Wrongful Termination Claim
Often, the most straightforward claim to prove is violation of an employment agreement. The terms of the agreement are in the contract and you can show that you were fired in violation of those terms. That isn’t to say these cases are always easy and quick, but they do tend to be the most straightforward.
It can be more difficult to prove you were fired due to illegal discrimination, retaliation or for being a whistleblower. Employers will likely try to cite legal justifications for why you were fired, so it is important to present compelling evidence to demonstrate the true motivations. Such evidence could be in the form of emails or text messages, performance reviews, witness statements or anything else relevant to the case.
Assuming you’ve already been terminated, you may have lost access to work email and other sources of evidence. For this and other reasons, it is critical to contact our firm quickly so that we can immediately begin an investigation.