A wrongful termination occurs when the discharge or dismissal of an employee violates his or her legal rights as outlined by the federal and state employment laws. Read on for information on wrongful termination law to help determine when you should seek the counsel of an experienced employment lawyer:
Wrongful Grounds for Dismissal
Most business and corporations have adopted the legal concept known as employment at will, meaning that the employee has the right to quit at any time and the employer may terminate the employee at any time with or without reason. However, employers cannot terminate or dismiss an employee for an unlawful reason, such as:
- The employee’s age, race, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, political affiliation, religious beliefs, or disability.
- Taking maternity or family leave.
- Taking off work for medical reasons.
- Serving jury duty.
- The employee’s refusal to work overtime or through their breaks.
- The employee’s refusal to commit unlawful acts at the employer’s request.
An employee’s termination may also be considered unlawful if it is done as a form of retaliation.
What You Can Do If You Were Wrongfully Terminated
Individuals who have been let go or fired for any of these reasons can file a lawsuit against their previous employer in order to gain monetary compensation. Awarded damages may include compensation for loss of income, future financial losses, pain and suffering, and punitive damages.
Our wrongful termination attorneys with the Ladva Law Firm have over a decade of experience defending individuals who have been unlawfully terminated. Get the high-quality legal representation you need by contacting our wrongful termination lawyers at (415) 296-8844. You can also visit us online to set up an initial consultation. Our attorneys also provide legal representation for personal injuries causes by motor vehicle accidents and medical malpractice.
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