Losing your job is stressful under any circumstances, but it can be particularly challenging when you are fired for unlawful reasons. Wrongful termination occurs when an employer violates an employment contract or law when firing someone. For example, it is illegal to fire someone for discriminatory reasons or motives. If you feel that you were fired for unlawful reasons, Erkel Law could speak with you about whether your termination was predicated on unlawful reasons and determine the most appropriate remedy. 

There are many laws designed to protect employees from unfair employment practices. A Sacramento wrongful termination lawyer could explain the relevant laws and protections afforded to employees. Do not hesitate to contact Erkel Law, P.C. with any questions about your circumstances. 

Examples of Wrongful Termination

Employees in California are at-will, meaning they can be fired at any point without cause. However, if employees can establish that the reason for their termination was unlawful, they may be able to sue their employer. For example, California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act makes it illegal to fire a worker based on their sexual orientation, national origin, or disability.

Employers also cannot discriminate based on certain characteristics, including:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Race or ethnicity
  • Religious beliefs
  • Gender or sexual orientation

An employer also cannot retaliate against workers who reported their unlawful labor practices or engaged in legally protected activities. For example, if a company denied a worker overtime pay and fired the employee for reporting the violation, the employee may be able to sue their employer for wrongful termination. Contact a dedicated Sacramento lawyer to learn more about the protections for employees against wrongful termination. 

Employee Rights After Wrongful Termination

State and federal laws prohibit employers from terminating employees for:

  • Claiming discrimination;
  • Participating or discussing unions;
  • Filing for workers’ compensation benefits;
  • Notifying authorities of potential violations;
  • Refusing to engage in illegal activities;
  • Taking legally protected time off for jury duty, medical or family leave, or military service;
  • Refusing sexual, financial, or personal favors in exchange for a promotion or raise; or
  • Whistleblowing, or reporting suspected illegal activities on the part of a co-worker, manager, or the company itself to the proper authorities.

When an employee is fired for these reasons, it violates their rights. Wrongfully terminated workers can work with a dedicated Sacramento attorney to recover compensation for their lost income and other damages, including emotional distress. Erkel Law could help file these claims to hold employers responsible. 

Work With a Sacramento Wrongful Termination Attorney on Your Claim

If you were fired from your job for an unlawful reason – such as discrimination, harassment, or retaliation – you could have a claim for wrongful termination. A Sacramento wrongful termination lawyer could help you file a lawsuit to enforce your rights. 

Erkel Law understands how stressful losing your job can be. Erkel Law is here to advocate on your behalf and hold your employer responsible. Contact Erkel Law if you have questions about the circumstances of your termination or wish to discuss your case with a lawyer.

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