Tactical Wrongful Termination Attorney Serving Riverside
California is an “at-will” employment state, meaning that employers are free to fire employees as they see fit. This freedom, however, does not grant employers the right to engage in wrongful termination. Employers cannot terminate their employees in violation of written contracts or implied promises. Nor can they fire employees when doing so amounts to a either breach of good faith and fair dealing or a breach in public policy.
Employers are also prohibited from terminating employees due to discrimination, retaliation, fraud, or defamation. Any employer who wrongfully terminates an employee is in violation of federal and state law and may be liable for any financial compensation the courts require on behalf of the victim.
Contracts: Written & Implied
If you are a party to an employment contract there may be any number of elements involved, including confidentiality agreements, non-compete agreements, and exclusive employment agreements. Sometimes an employer may falsely argue that a worker violated one or more terms of a contract in order to wrongfully terminate them. Under such circumstances, a fired employee can fight back by filing a suit. In other cases, contracts are implied or verbal in nature.
Although breaches of these kinds of contracts can be much harder to prove, such violations are no less illegal, and employers who knowingly engage in such behavior can – and should – be held accountable.
Fighting for the Rights of Illegally Fired Workers
Many wrongful termination cases arise because of an act of alleged discrimination or retaliation. For example, if you were badly injured at work and you filed a workers’ compensation claim, it is illegal for your boss to fire you for doing so. Similarly, if your former employers fired you solely on the basis of your race, religious preferences, gender, country of origin, or other federally protected characteristic, they are in violation of Title VII civil rights law and can be reported to the EEOC.
Your wrongful termination attorney will help you file a complaint with the EEOC and gather evidence to support your case. Call our office today to talk to an experienced California lawyer and get more information regarding what you can do seek civil justice in the aftermath of a wrongful termination.