Wrongful Termination Attorneys in San Diego
Were You Wrongfully Terminated as an Employee in the State of California?
When an employee is wrongfully terminated, discriminated against, or harassed in a hostile workplace environment, our employment lawyers can provide essential support. Our discrimination, harassment, and wrongful termination lawyers are experienced with wrongful termination and other workplace protection laws, which apply to matters where an employee has been terminated illegally, suffered retaliation, or subjected to discrimination or harassing conduct. If you are considering suing for wrongful termination, our employment attorneys can assist clients fired based on religion, sex, sexual orientation, race, disability, marital status, national origin, or gender identity, or for refusing to perform an illegal act, or employees who take part in whistleblower activities. The assistance of an employment attorney when suing for wrongful termination, discrimination, or harassment is critical in these cases.
Wrongful Employee Termination, Discrimination, and Harassment Laws
Wrongful termination laws outline the rules for people who have been fired illegally. Wrongful dismissal and wrongful discharge are other terms used for employees who were wrongfully terminated. If you’re wondering if suing for wrongful termination is a good move, it is crucial to understand the basics of what wrongful termination is. California is an at-will state, meaning employers can discipline or terminate employees at will.
Because a worker lost a job in a troubling manner doesn’t necessarily mean the employer wrongfully terminated the employee. In many cases, a terminated employee must file a complaint with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH, the state organization charged with investigating discrimination allegations) or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC, the federal organization responsible for investigating employment complaints) before filing a wrongful termination lawsuit. The particulars regarding wrongful termination lawsuits are complicated, so expert legal counsel, with experience in workplace law and rights, is essential.
Experienced Workplace & Employment Lawyers
Examples of unlawful employment discrimination include age, race, gender identity, and mental and physical disability discrimination. Regardless of the reason for termination, discrimination is against the law, and you deserve to fight for your rights as an employee in California. Our employment lawyers also fight all forms of workplace harassment, including racial, sexual, and gender identity harassment.
Employees with disabilities are protected by a complex combination of state, federal and local regulations, including the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
These anti-discrimination laws provide important rights to employees:
- The right to take medical leave under state and federal law — California law provides additional medical leave beyond the scope of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
- The right to reasonable accommodations — Accommodations may include modification of work hours, office environment, or equipment.
- The right to work without being forced to take leave — If you are able to perform your job, your employer cannot force you to take leave.
- The right to privacy — While you must disclose certain information to your employer, there are laws that protect your privacy and medical records.
- The right to be free from discrimination — If your employer or co-workers treat you unfairly because of your illness, or you are unfairly terminated from employment, our employment lawyers can help.
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If your employer in California has treated you unfairly and you believe you have been subjected to wrongful termination, discrimination, or harassment, our employment attorneys are here to help.