No matter how hard you work in California, you are employed “at will.” This means you can be fired for any reason, or no reason at all, at any time. On the other hand, you cannot be fired for a discriminatory reason under state or federal law. If you believe this has happened to you, it is wise to consult with an experienced wrongful termination lawyer.
At The Rankin Law Firm, we have extensive experience representing workers across multiple industries in wrongful termination claims. If you have been fired because of your protected status, in breach of an employment contract, or in retaliation for complaining about wages, discrimination, or harassment, we can help.
When you become our client, we will work tirelessly to protect your employment rights and fight for the compensation you deserve. Being fired is never pleasant, however, being terminated for a discriminatory reason is unlawful. Please reach out to our office today so we can get to work on your wrongful termination claim.
What Does Wrongful Termination Mean In California?
Under applicable employment laws, employers are permitted to fire workers for performance reasons, even if their assessment is inaccurate. Moreover, there is no reason to show just cause for dismissal. By contrast, termination is considered to be unlawful only if it violates local, state, or federal anti-discrimination or anti-retaliation laws, breaches an employment contract, or violates public policy.
When you consult with The Rankin Law Firm, we will take the time to understand your circumstances, determine whether your termination was lawful, and use proven strategies to protect your rights. We will always work in your best interests and to achieve the best possible outcome for your wrongful determination claim, whether that involves reinstatement (if feasible), obtaining compensation for your losses and mental anguish, or protecting you from retaliation.
Do I Have A Valid Claim?
Even though California is an at-will state, some circumstances may give rise to a wrongful termination claim, including:
Put simply, employers are barred from terminating employees based on a wide range of legally protected characteristics under federal and state law, including:
- Age (40 and over)
- National origin
- Physical disability
- Mental disability
- Medical condition
- Genetic information
- Marital status
- Gender identity
- Gender expression
- Sexual orientation
- Military/veteran status
If you were fired because of your status as a member of a protected class, you need the powerful representation we provide. Our employment law attorneys are committed to eliminating all forms of discrimination from the workplace.
Written Contracts/Implied Promises
If you are under a written employment contract, you cannot be fired “at-will” in violation of that contract. As an example, if the contract ensures your job security for a set period or establishes conditions for your dismissal, and you were fired regardless, you may have grounds for a wrongful termination lawsuit. Similarly, certain promises made by your employer may be legally enforceable, particularly if you have emails or other evidence that supports your claim. In both cases, it takes a skilled wrongful termination lawyer to protect your rights.
Violations of Public Policy
You may have a valid wrongful termination claim if you were fired for exercising a legal right or performing a community action, such as voting, serving in the military, or serving on a jury.
Breach of Good Faith/Fair Dealing
It is illegal for your employer to terminate to prevent you from receiving an earned bonus or sales commission. A breach of good faith and fair dealing can also arise if your employer:
- Forces you out to avoid paying severance
- Makes your work conditions unpleasant
- Pressures you unreasonably
- Transfers you to a less desirable role
If you were forced to quit, that’s the time to contact The Rankin Law Firm. We know how to hold employers accountable for such misconduct and will fight for your rights.
Whistleblowing and Retaliation
Several state and federal laws prohibit employers from terminating employees for complaining about discrimination or harassment in the workplace, reporting safety violations or unlawful conduct (whistleblowing), or participating in other legally protected activities.
How The Rankin Law Firm Can Help With Your Wrongful Termination Claim
Our objective is to achieve the best possible outcome for your case, knowing that reinstatement is often not a viable option. While no two cases are the same, you may be able to obtain compensation for your losses, including:
- Lost wages (past and future)
- Lost benefits (e.g. bonuses, health insurance)
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
In a successful wrongful termination claim, you are also entitled to attorneys’ fees and costs, which means you pay nothing to us until we win compensation for you.
Contact Our Experienced California Wrongful Termination Attorneys
If you believe that you have been fired for an unlawful reason, don’t go up against your employer alone. Contact The Rankin Law Firm instead. We have the skills and resources to protect your rights and we are ready to start working on your case today.