Wrongful Termination Attorneys in Orange County
Employees have rights when they have been wrongfully terminated or forced to quit as a result of an intolerable work environment.
California is an “at-will” employment state, which means that employers can dismiss employees at any time, without warning, for any reason that is not prohibited by law. The law still allows employees to file wrongful termination claims when unlawful reasons motivated their discharge.
Certain characteristics are protected by California and/or federal law:
- National origin
- Religious creed
- Medical condition
- Genetic information
- Marital status
- Military or veteran status
- Gender identity or expression
- Sexual orientation
- Use of family medical leave
- Political activities or beliefs
- Jury duty
- Complaining about wages
- Retaliation for health and safety
- Labor Code violation complaints
An employee’s membership in one of these protected categories cannot be used as a basis for termination. If you suspect that you have been discharged from your job for an unlawful reason or because of your membership in one of these protected categories, the best course of action is to speak with an experienced California employment lawyer as soon as possible. You may have the right to file a wrongful termination claim for compensation.
Constructive Termination Can Give Rise to Wrongful Termination Claims
Wrongful termination could still be claimed in certain cases when the employee has resigned due to intolerable working conditions. When working conditions become so severe and pervasive that no reasonable person could be expected to continue working and an employee is forced to quit, this is known as “constructive termination” and it can give rise to a wrongful termination claim.
An employee who is being harassed because of his or her gender, sexual orientation, race, or disability may have no choice but to quit, particularly when the employer knows about the harassment and allows it to continue. In such a case, the employee’s “voluntary” separation can be treated the same as involuntary termination for the purpose of claiming wrongful termination.
Legal Protection against Wrongful Termination in Orange County
At Sessions & Kimball LLP, we exclusively represent California employees. Our practice is focused on protecting employee rights in a range of employment matters including wrongful termination. Our Orange County employment law attorneys have recovered millions of dollars for our clients.
If you believe that you have been wrongfully terminated, or you were forced to resign because of intolerable working conditions, contact our office to arrange for a free case consultation with one of our attorneys.
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- Sexual Orientation
- Hostile Workplace
- Broken Promises
- Wrongful Demotion
- Forced Resignation
- Family Leave
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