Wrongful termination is a serious problem that affects thousands of employees in the Los Angeles area every year. Even though there are laws that attempt to prevent employees from being wrongfully terminated employers still relieve employees of their duties without cause or for certain reasons. Let's take a look at the signs that show you've been terminated wrongfully.
The most common sign that you were wrongfully terminated is that you lost your job because of some form of discrimination. Employers are not allowed to terminate employment due to age, sex, race, pregnancy, illness, disability, religion or ethnicity.
Another common sign of wrongful termination is the breach of public policy. This could be more difficult to spot than discrimination. If your employer fired you while you were home on leave, they likely violated the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
Do you think that your employer retaliated against you for something you did or said? If so, this is wrongful termination. Employers are not allowed to terminate an employee who is a whistleblower. A whistleblower is someone who points out unethical or illegal practices occurring at their place of employment.
In firing you, did your employer make defamatory statements about you? It's one thing to fire an employee for just cause, but if an employer goes out of their way to disparage an employee during or after the termination, that's another matter.
If any of these signs look familiar, you may be able to file a wrongful termination claim against your former employer in California. An experienced employment law attorney can provide more information.