It is difficult to tell which situation is more unfortunate: being illegally mistreated at work but remaining employed or losing your job for unlawful reasons. On the one hand, you have an income and employment, but your days are likely extremely uncomfortable and stressful if you are facing discrimination or sexual harassment. On the other hand, you are free from such a toxic environment, but you have lost your income and way of life for wrong and unlawful reasons.
The good news for California residents is that they do not have to suffer either situation if they take legal action. Whether you are facing illegal discrimination or mistreatment at work or you have been fired for illegal reasons, you could take advantage of your rights as an employee in order to make the situation right. If you have been wrongfully terminated, you could be compensated for your lost wages, any emotional stress you faced as a result of the termination, and you could even get your job back.
Unfortunately, it can be difficult to distinguish between unfair termination and unlawful termination. Employees often feel that they were fired unjustly, but the truth is that employers in California can fire employees for any legal reason at any time. It is only if the termination was a result of discrimination or retaliation, or if a contract was violated in the termination that you may have a wrongful termination case on your hands.
Regardless of your circumstances, it is in your best interests to consult with an attorney if you believe that you have been wrongfully terminated. If you faced discrimination or harassment at your place of work before you were fired, visit our webpage to learn more about how you could be legally compensated for the mistreatment you suffered.