During these uncertain economic times, many Americans are getting laid off. Several large companies have laid off 10% to 15% of their workforce. In California, employees and employers enter into an employment agreement “at will” and can terminate that agreement for any lawful reason except those that violate state and federal employment laws. If you have been fired for unlawful reasons, it is important you speak to a wrongful termination lawyer in Los Angeles.
What is a Wrongful Termination Lawsuit?
Wrongful termination describes any illegal reason for firing an employee. For example, an employer cannot fire an employee because of their race, gender, or sex or because the employee filed a legal claim against the employer. Similarly, employers cannot fire employees in a way that violates the terms of an employment contract the employer and the employee signed.
Do I Need to Talk to a Lawyer?
If you have been fired from your job and suspect that the termination was based on harassment, discrimination, or retaliation, you should talk to an attorney. Several federal and state laws protect employees from wrongful terminations, but they can be complex.
An attorney will be able to listen to the unique facts of your case and assess whether you have one or more valid legal claims against your employer for wrongful termination. An attorney can also advise you on steps to a search or rights. You may try to negotiate a severance package, file an administrative claim or lawsuit against your employer, or demand a settlement from them. If any of the following situations has occurred, you should consider speaking to an attorney:
Have you experienced any of these situations or other situations that led you to believe your employer was engaged in an unlawful activity when they fired you? If so, you may have a valid legal claim against them.
Now is the Best Time to Talk to an Attorney About Your Case
If you are being laid off, your employer may ask you to sign a waiver releasing them from liability in exchange for compensation through a severance package. You should wait to sign the waiver until your attorney has reviewed it. If your employer has engaged in an unlawful, wrongful termination, you would be giving up your right to sue them and recover the compensation you need and deserve.
Schedule a Free, No-Obligation Consultation with a Los Angeles Wrongful Employment Attorney
Being fired from your job can be stressful and overwhelming, and you may feel uncertain about reaching out to an attorney. However, it is important that you discuss your case with an attorney before you sign any documents from your employer. Doing so could help you protect your right to pursue compensation for your damages. The compassionate wrongful termination attorneys at Fraigun Law Group are here to help. Contact us today to schedule your free, no-obligation case evaluation.