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Wrongful Termination Attorney in Woodland Hills

Fighting Illegal Termination in California

Being terminated from your place of employment can come with undue stress, not only for you, but for your family as well. The pressures of not having a job ranges from emotional stresses to financial stresses and can leave you in an extremely vulnerable state. In some cases being terminated can be a result of unfair treatment and could use the help of an attorney that will fight for your rights as an employee.

At The Law Office of Gary Rodich, we understand that this is a stressful time and you could be the victim of wrongful termination. With over 35 years of experience fighting for our clients rights we have garnered a reputation of being committed, compassionate, and aggressive when approaching each case. Putting our clients’ interests above all else and getting then the best possible results in their case is our primary goal.

Give us a call today at (818) 403-3737 and review your cases details with our attorneys.

What Qualifies as Wrongful Termination?

California is an at-will employment state. This means most employers can fire employees at any time, for nearly any reason, and without warning. However, employers cannot fire employees for reasons that violate the law, and not all employees are at-will.

If an employer terminates an employee under the following circumstances, the employee in question has the right to receive damages due to being wrongfully terminated:

  • Against the specifications of a written contract
  • Because of discrimination issues
  • Due to retaliation
  • In violation of public policy

Wrongful Termination in Violation of a Contract

Sometimes, employers wills guarantee employment for a certain length of time. They may also specify specific reasons and methods for terminating an employee. If the employee is terminated in violation of such a contract and has not violated any working conditions, they may have a case for wrongful termination.

Importantly, this contract does not need to be written to be considered valid. Implied contracts can also be grounds for wrongful termination.

Wrongful Termination Due to Discrimination

Employers are prohibited from terminating their employees due to discrimination.

California recognizes the following as protected classes in discrimination cases:

  • Sex
  • Gender
  • Race
  • Sexual orientation
  • Religion
  • National origin
  • Marital status
  • Military or veteran status
  • Disability
  • Age

Employees fired for discriminatory reasons have a right to sue for wrongful termination.

Retaliation and Wrongful Termination

Employees are protected from retaliation in the workplace due to exercising their rights. Employers cannot legally fire employees for reporting wrongful acts in the workplace or utilizing their right to protected leave or worker's compensation.

Some common reasons for retaliatory termination involve employees:

  • Reporting sexual harassment or discrimination
  • Whistleblowing
  • Taking protected leave under the FMLA
  • Filing a worker's compensation claim
  • Participating in an investigation
  • Refusing to violate public policy

How Do You Prove Wrongful Termination?

Proving wrongful termination can be difficult. Our employment lawyers can help. To start, we suggest the following:

  • Gather all documents you have related to your employment. Contracts, emails, written examples that prove harassment or discrimination, etc.
  • Write down the details of your termination.
  • Were you an at-will employee?
  • Were any laws broken? If so, note them down.
  • Interview any co-workers who would be willing to give you a statement.
  • Speak with an attorney and file your claim as quickly as possible.

Contact Us Today

California has some of the best laws in advocating for employee rights, if you feel you have been wrongfully terminated you may have a case and should contact a Woodland Hills wrongful termination attorney immediately. Our employment law firm is here to guide you through the entire legal process and fight for your rights as an employee.

Contact our Woodland Hills wrongful termination lawyer today. We are dedicated to helping in your time of need and accept calls 24/7.