Wrongful Termination Frequently Asked Questions
If you recently lost your job and your employer crossed a line, you could be entitled to a financial recovery. However, whether you were a victim of wrongful termination is a complex legal question and there are lots of questions to ask before filing a claim to try to obtain a recovery.
The lawyers at The Armstrong Law Firm have represented clients throughout the Bay Area in cases against some of California’s largest employers. When evaluating your claim, we can provide more precisely tailored responses to the below wrongful termination FAQ’s.
What is wrongful termination?
Unlawful firing of a person based on his or her membership in a protected class such as race, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy, age, or disability, or for sexual harassment. It is also wrongful termination for a person to be fired in retaliation for complaining about such discrimination or harassment.
I am the oldest employee and I was fired. Is it wrong?
It depends. There are several factors that must be considered in determining whether you were wrongfully terminated. It is, however, unlawful for you to be terminated primarily because of your age, if you were older than 40 at the time you were fired.
Is it wrong for my boss to harass me because they don’t like me?
While it is wrong for your boss to behave in this way, it is not illegal unless he or she harasses or talks negative against you for reasons related to your membership in a protected class: race, age, disability, gender, etc.
Is it wrong to be fired for complaining about sexual harassment?
Yes. It is not legal for a person to be fired in retaliation for complaining of sexual harassment. If this happened to you, you may have been wrongfully terminated and could be entitled to financial compensation.
Is it wrong to be fired because I complained about safety?
It depends. If you complained because your employer failed to implement safety measures required by law, and you were terminated in retaliation, you could be entitled to whistleblower protection.
Can I sue my employer for wrongful termination? And get my job back?
If you were sued for an unlawful reason, you can sue for wrongful termination. Depending on your specific circumstances, you may be able to return to your job. In many cases, however, a financial settlement for wrongful termination will require that you break all present and future ties with the company.
Contact one of our Wrongful Termination Lawyers
The Armstrong Law Firm may be able to help you if you think you were unlawfully fired from your job. Our San Francisco and Oakland employment attorneys are dedicated to defending the rights of those who have been wrongfully terminated. Call 415-692-0462 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation.