Los Angeles Wrongful Termination Lawyer
Wrongful Termination Attorney in Los Angeles, CA
It has been reported that over 50,000 workers are laid off or fired from their jobs in the United States each day. While employers may have a good reason to lay off or fire a person, there are cases where the termination of an employee may be considered illegal. If you have been wrongfully terminated by an employer, you may be owed financial compensation for any losses you may have suffered as a result. To get help building your wrongful termination claim, get in contact with a Los Angeles wrongful termination lawyer as soon as possible.
Arias Sanguinetti Wang & Torrijos, LLP, is a Los Angeles law firm with extensive experience helping clients who have been wrongfully terminated. When a person gets fired, they may feel helpless and wonder if their career is over. That is far from the case. Our knowledgeable Los Angeles wrongful termination lawyers have the trusted legal skills and experience navigating the California legal system to help you get the justice you deserve. Our lawyers are proud to offer the top-of-the-line service needed to help you pursue the damages you may be owed.
What Is Wrongful Termination?
In many cases, an employer is well within their rights when they decide to fire an employee; however, firing an employee may constitute wrongful termination in certain circumstances. For the firing of an employee to be considered wrongful termination, it must be illegal in the eyes of California law by falling into one or both of the following categories:
- Violates an employment agreement
- Violates a federal or state law
If you are unsure if you have been wrongfully terminated by your employer, contact a knowledgeable wrongful termination lawyer in Los Angeles, CA for help with your claim.
What Are the Different Types of Wrongful Termination?
There are three different types of wrongful termination. You should contact an attorney if you believe that your termination matches any of the following circumstances:
Discriminatory firing is one of the most commonly known types of wrongful termination. Your termination may be considered wrongful if you are fired for reasons that are related to any of the following protected characteristics:
- Sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions)
- National origin, ancestry
- Religion or religious practices, creed
- Physical disability
- Mental disability
- Medical condition
- Age (if over 40)
- Sexual orientation
- Gender identity
- Marital status
- Military or veteran status
- Citizenship status
You should contact an experienced wrongful termination attorney if you believe that you were fired due to one of these protected categories or characteristics.
An employer cannot fire someone in retaliation for certain protected activities. Those activities may include:
- Informing an employer about harassment or discrimination
- Filing a complaint with the EEOC
- Taking permitted medical leave
- Reporting a violation of wage and hour laws
- Reporting violations of environmental regulations or safety laws
Additionally, an employee cannot be fired for taking time off to vote, participating in jury duty, or serving in the military or national guard.
Termination in Violation of Employment Agreements
If you entered into a contract at the beginning of your employment that guaranteed your job security or specific termination procedures, your termination may be considered wrongful if that employment agreement is violated. Additionally, if an employee handbook lists specific procedures for termination and your employer violates those procedures, wrongful termination most likely has occurred.
Can You File a Wrongful Termination Claim If Under an At-Will Contract?
One of the most common types of employment contracts is an at-will contract. This means that the employer may terminate the employee at will, and the same goes for an employee who wishes to quit. Under an at-will contract, there does not need to be ample notice given to the employee or a good reason for the termination. In California, the law recognizes all employment as at-will employment unless there is evidence that would prove otherwise. An example of such evidence is a specific employment contract that would employ a person for a certain period of time.
Even if you are under an at-will employment contract, you still might be able to file a wrongful termination claim if any of the following is true about your termination:
- You were fired for discriminatory reasons that are prohibited by the law
- You were fired in retaliation for reporting illegal activity taking place at your job, such as wage and hour violations
A Los Angeles wrongful termination lawyer may be able to help you seek the financial compensation you are owed for your losses.
Partner with a Los Angeles Wrongful Termination Lawyer at Arias Sanguinetti Wang & Torrijos, LLP
When a person gets fired from a job, that person can feel a loss of control over their life and the future. If someone has been wrongfully terminated, they may be entitled to financial compensation for their losses. To get help with your wrongful termination claim, partner with a wrongful termination lawyer as soon as possible.
Arias Sanguinetti Wang & Torrijos, LLP, has a team of skilled Los Angeles wrongful termination lawyers who have extensive experience helping clients who have been wrongfully terminated. We understand that the California claims process can be overwhelming, and our knowledgeable attorneys provide our clients with the personalized service needed to build a strong claim. We are proud to provide you with the dedicated and award-winning representation you deserve. To schedule a free consultation, contact us here or call (310) 844-9696.