It is a sad reality that the tough economy has caused many layoffs and a considerable amount of Americans became unemployed overnight; however, oftentimes, an individual may be terminated or fired for the wrong reasons. Being laid off can be devastating for the employee and for his/her family, and end up in a financial disaster if the person does not qualify for unemployment right away or if he/she cannot promptly find another job. If you believe you have been terminated for the wrong reasons, you should seek legal counsel right away.
What Does Wrongful Termination Mean?
Just as the term suggests, it means that you have been fired or terminated for illegal or wrong reasons. For instance, firing a person because of race, national origin, age, sex, religion, sexual preference, positive HIV/AIDS tests, disability, height, weight, arrest record, marital status, genetic carrier status and military service are all grounds for a wrongful termination case. The law protects employees in such situations and working with experienced Wrongful Termination Attorneys will generally result in a favorable outcome for the victims. Also, It is important to remember these laws do not just apply to a termination but also to a denial of promotion. Laws vary from one state to the other, but each state has laws to protect employees in such situations.
Wrongful Termination in California
In the state of California, wrongful termination can often be hard to prove because unless an employee is hired pursuant to a union contract or an individual employment contract, the employment relationship is presumed to be “at will”. As its meaning implies, an “at will” employment relationship basically means that the employer can fire an employee for virtually any reason, other than one based on discrimination and other illegal reasons (as listed in the previous paragraph).
In any given case, Wrongful Termination claims in California turn on to the individual facts. Therefore, it is important that the employee keeps copies of any hiring letters/emails, employee’s handbooks and performance evaluations so that an attorney can better assist in evaluating the potential case.
Contact Wrongful Termination Attorneys
If you believe that you have been wrongfully terminated, take action! First step is to contact a Wrongful Termination Attorney as quickly as possible to determine if there is basis for Wrongful Termination in your case. Do not wait until you see yourself in deep waters financially and risk affecting your personal and family life. McFarlin LLP are deeply experienced in navigating the murky waters of Employment Litigation Law in California. We have a proven track record in representing clients just like you in Wrongful Termination cases. We offer free consultations to prospective clients in California, Utah & Nevada. Contact us today (888) 728 0044, or email us.