Getting fired from your job can come as a big surprise. Your employer may have had a good reason to terminate your employment, such as poor performance or tardiness. But sometimes the reason for your firing is less clear or downright confusing. The Carter Law Firm, an employment law firm based in Orange County, specializes in wrongful termination claims in California.
California is an at-will employment state, which means that employers are allowed to fire employees on the spot at any time for any reason so long as that reason doesn’t violate public policy. Thus, there are a several reasons employers are not allowed to fire employees. The following are things you should look out for if you think you were wrongfully terminated.
If you have a reason to believe that your employer fired you because of your religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, race, disability, or any other identity, you might have a valid wrongful termination claim. It’s illegal for an employer to fire an employee for such reasons, and if it has happened to you might be entitled to compensation. Many of these areas are covered in the following acts:
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) protects against employment discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex (gender), or religion. This law also includes other areas of employment behind firings. This act also applies to hiring, promotions and raises, transfer and assignment, and discipline practices.
- The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects qualified individuals with a disability that can perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation from employment discrimination.
- The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) protects individuals from age-based job discrimination. 40-years-old is the threshold age to be covered under the Act.
- The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) prohibits discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions.
It is illegal for an employer to fire you in retaliation for exercising employee rights like filing a workers’ compensation claim, filing a complaint of discrimination or harassment, or requesting or taking sick leave. You may also have a wrongful termination case if you were fired in retaliation for refusing to perform an illegal act. We’ve also seen whistleblowers have cases where they tried to right a wrong within a company and ended up paying with their jobs for doing the right thing.
A Written Employment Contract
You might have a wrongful termination claim if you were fired from your job even though you had a contract outlining the dates or amount of time you were guaranteed employment. If you were fired before the end of your contract, you might have a valid wrongful termination claim against your employer.
If you’re not sure whether you can sue your employer for wrongful termination, you should consider contacting the employment law experts at the Carter Law Firm. We’ve successfully filed wrongful termination claims on behalf of many of our clients, helping them get the compensation they deserve. We will review your potential claim free of charge. Contact us by filling out the confidential form below.