Los Angeles Wrongful Termination Lawyer
Wrongful Termination in Los Angeles happens more than you would think and it is one of the most common cases we represent. We can give you a voice and fight back against your employers who have wrongfully taken away your ability to provide for yourself or your family.
As Wrongful Termination Lawyers in Los Angeles, we have seen it all and to be quite honest with you, nothing upsets us more. Not only has the employer jeopardized your ability to live and provide for yourself but they have trampled all over your rights and can make you feel that you have no voice to stand up for yourself. Well, we refuse to let it slide and we fight tooth and nail for our clients until they have gotten the maximum possible compensation. We take Wrongful Termination cases very seriously and will do the same for you.
Wrongful termination occurs when an employee unlawfully fires or discharges an employee. Wrongful termination can happen even in states that follow the employee at-will doctrine which gives an employer the right to fire an employee for any reason, at any time.
Below you will find more information on this matter but if you feel you have been affected by this then please reach out to our Wrongful Termination Lawyers – Time is of the essence.
Exceptions to the Employment At-Will Doctrine
According to the employment at-will doctrine, an employee can be fired for any reason. However, the doctrine contains a number of exceptions. First, the doctrine does not apply when an employee’s termination has caused a public policy violation. This means that the termination is beyond the boundaries set by social norms for fair employment interactions. For instance, an employee cannot be fired in most states because he refused to break the law at an employer’s request or because he took time off to vote.
Each state has established majority views for which public policy exceptions can be argued by a complaining employee and our wrongful termination attorneys are extremely experienced handling these matters in Los Angeles.
Breach of Employment Contract
Another way that a wrongful termination claim can arise is due to the breach of an employment contract. An employment contract is most often written, but it can also be implied, with a breach occurring based on the facts and circumstances surrounding an employment agreement.
When a written contract is used to establish employment, a breach leading to wrongful termination can occur if the contract contained provisions detailing the length of employment or setting a specific term for employment. If an employee is fired in violation of these terms, it may result in a successful wrongful termination claim.
When a contract is implied, courts will analyze the behavior, conduct and circumstances surrounding the agreement to determine whether 1) a legal contract existed and 2) the contract was breached resulting in wrongful termination.
Job Discrimination Required in Wrongful Termination Claims
Beyond public policy violations of the employment at-will doctrine and breach of contract claims, a wrongful termination case could also arise from job discrimination. Federal and state law prohibits discrimination in employment based on certain protected categories, including race color, national origin, sex, age, religion and disability. These laws affect all areas of the employment process including termination.
When an employee can prove that his or her termination came as a result of unlawful job discrimination, an employer could be held liable for violation of civil rights laws designed to protect workers by ensuring they are treated equally on the job.
When Wrongful Termination Affects You…
When wrongful termination becomes an issue, you’ll need a qualified attorney experienced and well-versed in employment law to successfully bring a claim. To get the justice you deserve, contact the Law Offices of Jake D. Finkel today. We have a wide variety of expertise in wrongful termination cases and are here to help.