The Supreme Court of the United States just handed down another blow that weakens the federal protections employees have against wrongful termination. Citing the "ministerial exception," the SCOTUS rejected the claims against two California religious schools who were accused of discrimination and illegal termination of their employees.
California has some of the most worker-friendly labor laws in the country, but that doesn't mean that California employees always understand the various nuances of those laws. For instance, many people get confused about wrongful terminations. They may think that they are protected from being fired from their jobs even when that is just not the case.
To most people, getting fired from a job always feels wrong or unfair, but in many of these cases, the termination is perfectly legal. Other times, your boss may have acted unlawfully when letting you go from your job. The problem for most is knowing when a firing is legal and when it is a case of wrongful termination.
Your boss has clearly had it in for you for a while. Although the quality of your work hasn't changed a bit, your once-stellar performance evaluations have suddenly turned dismal and you suspect that you're about to be fired.
You just got fired from your job. Do you have any recourse for filing a case alleging wrongful termination?
Have you been fired? If you feel like the firing was unfair, you may be wondering if you're just out of luck -- or if you have a case for wrongful termination. Should you see a lawyer about your situation? Here are some reasons why it's smart to consider it:
Getting fired is disheartening, frightening and often humiliating. It can also be grossly unfair and possibly illegal, depending on the circumstances.
Two different United Methodist churches in California are in turmoil and a preschool run by the one in Orange County has closed over allegations that a pastor behaved inappropriately toward the preschool's well-established director and the church's leadership fired her for reporting it.
You knew that you were an "at-will" employee, which meant that your employer could fire you for just about any reason -- as long as it wasn't based on a discriminatory reason or an act of retaliation.
You've just been wrongfully fired and you're quite naturally livid about the whole thing. You know that you're experiencing unfair treatment and outright discrimination, and you're humiliated and upset.