At the Leichter Law Firm, APC, Aryeh Leichter, the Glendale wrongful termination attorney believes all California employees’ rights must be protected throughout their employment, no matter the size of their employer or the type of industry they work in.
That includes protecting them from wrongful termination, which occurs when an employer fires or discharges an employee in a way that violates their legal rights.
Wrongful termination circumstances can be complex because California is an at-will employment state, which means an employer can terminate an employee at any time for any reason — except an illegal one — or no reason without incurring legal liability.
Likewise, an employee is free to leave a job at any time for any or no reason with no adverse legal consequences.
To successfully pursue a wrongful termination claim in California, evidence of more than just unfair treatment is required. The Glendale, California employment lawyer at the Leichter Law Firm, APC can help provide the legal representation his clients need to prove unlawful actions were taken against an employee, so they can pursue the legal remedy that fits their unique circumstances.
Here is what California employees need to know about meeting the legal threshold to pursue wrongful termination claims.
What is Considered Unlawful or Wrongful Termination in California?
Wrongful termination in California occurs when an employee is fired for an illegal reason, which may involve a violation of federal or state anti-discrimination laws or a contractual breach.
Employees cannot be terminated, demoted, passed over for promotion, or otherwise have adverse action taken against them by an employer because of the following:
- An employee’s refusal to commit an illegal act
- Asking for reasonable accommodations related to a disability
- Breach of Employment Contract
- Breach of good faith
- Discriminationfor age, race, sex/gender, disability, or national origin
- Public Policy
- Retaliationand whistleblower claims
- Severance Agreements
- Wage and Hour disputes
If you believe you have been unlawfully discharged from your job, contact the Leichter Law Firm, APC employment law lawyer in Glendale today to learn more about your legal rights and options to pursue your employer for the outcome you deserve.
Should I Accept a Severance Agreement Before Leaving My California Workplace?
At The Leichter Law Firm, APC the unlawful termination lawyer in Glendale knows that sometimes it is simply time to part ways with an employer. Whether the company you work for is being restructured, or if you have found a better opportunity, many California employers will present exiting employees with a severance agreement.
A severance agreement — also called a separation, release, or termination agreement — is a legally binding agreement outlining both the employer and employee’s responsibilities and rights when their employment ends.
While severance agreements may offer a financial component or other benefits to the employee at the end of an employment relationship, they are typically designed to release the employer from legal liability for any unlawful employment practices or threatened legal actions pertaining to alleged unlawful employment practices.
If you are unsure of the details or legal content contained in a severance agreement, speak with the Glendale unlawful termination attorney at the Leichter Law Firm, APC today. You should never sign anything confusing or complex without experienced legal advice, especially if you believe you are leaving your position in exchange for your silence on an unlawful workplace matter. You could be forfeiting your rights to pursue a better outcome through an employment law claim.
Contact the Leichter Law Firm, APC Wrongful Termination Lawyer in Glendale, California
Contact Aryeh Leichter, the Leichter Law Firm, APC founder and wrongful termination attorney in Los Angeles County today to discuss the legal remedies that may be available for your unique workplace circumstances today, starting with a free consultation by calling 818-915-6624 or contacting the firm online.