If you were recently fired from your job, you may be entitled to monetary damages for lost wages and emotional distress as a result of wrongful termination. If your employer's behavior was egregious enough at a high level, you may also be entitled to punitive damages.
At The Armstrong Law Firm, we have obtained millions of dollars on behalf of clients in recent years, winning favorable results in unlawful termination cases against some of California's largest employers.
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What Counts As Wrongful Termination?
California is an "at-will" employment state. This means that for most employees, their employer may fire them at any time and can terminate them at any time so long as it's not for an unlawful reason. The termination may be unfair, but being unfair is not necessarily unlawful unless it violates a specific law.
There are situations where job termination may be unlawful:
- Discrimination: If the termination was unlawful discrimination on the basis of your age, race, sex, religion, national origin or other protected classification
- Retaliation: If the termination was in retaliation for exercising your rights such as taking leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), filing a sexual harassment complaint or supporting another's claim
- Breach of employment contract: If you had a written or verbal employment contract and the termination violated the terms and conditions of that contract
- Nonparticipation in illegal activity: If you were fired after refusing to carry out an illegal act on behalf of your employer
- Violation of state or federal employment law: If you were fired in a manner that is in violation of California or federal law such as being a whistleblower
It can be very difficult to prove that you were terminated for one of the reasons mentioned above, which is why you should contact our experienced employment attorneys to determine if you have a valid wrongful termination claim.
Constructive Dismissal Vs. A Retaliation Firing
Although wrongful termination, by definition, concerns the illegal firing of an employee, a claim may also be brought for constructive dismissal if an employee feels that he or she has no choice but to quit a job. California recognizes that in some cases, an employer may make working conditions so intolerable for an employee based on being in a protected group that any reasonable person would feel compelled to resign. If you felt forced to quit a job because your employer made your job conditions unbearable, our attorneys can help determine whether you may have a valid legal claim.
Whistleblowers Are Protected By Law
There are both state and federal laws in place that are designed to protect whistleblowers from wrongful termination and retaliatory discharge. These laws are meant to allow employees to notify the government about illegal employer practices without having to fear being fired.
Contact A Wrongful Termination Attorney In San Francisco
If you think you have been wrongfully terminated, or if you are being threatened with termination in violation of the law, please complete our online contact form.