Wrongful termination is still a problem at places of employment throughout California and the rest of the country. Even though there are laws banning different reasons why employers can fire their employees, companies still thin their payroll by using these reasons. Let’s take a look at the reasons for wrongful termination in today’s post.
Whistleblowing: Did you blow the whistle on an unethical or illegal practice of your employer or someone in your company? If you recently lost your job not long after blowing the whistle on inappropriate behavior you might have a case for wrongful termination.
Family and Medical Leave Act: Employees have protected time off under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which allows for paternity leave, caring for an ill or dying family member, jury duty, voting and to serve in the military or National Guard. If you recently took time off to partake in any of these activities and were fired, you might have a wrongful termination case on your hands.
Discrimination: No employee can be fired from their job due to their race, gender, sexual preference, ethnicity, age, religion, national origin, disability or pregnancy. If you were fired for any of these then you have a serious case for wrongful termination against your employer.
Contract violation: A signed contract goes a long way to preventing wrongful termination. The employer cannot relieve you of your duties against the terms of the contract and cannot change the terms without your consent.
Employment law and wrongful termination go hand-in-hand. Make sure you know what to look for if you recently lost your job so you can figure out if it can be considered wrongful termination. If it is even remotely close to wrongful termination you should consult an attorney immediately.