San Diego Wrongful Termination Attorneys
Protecting Workers Who Were Illegally Fired
In California, most workers are at-will employees. This means that an employer can terminate an individual's employment at any time and for any lawful reason. If, however, the discharge was based on unlawful grounds, it could be deemed a wrongful termination, and the employee may have the right to take legal action against their employer and hold them accountable for their illegal conduct. If your employer unlawfully dismissed you, and you believe your firing violated state or federal statutes, speak with an experienced San Diego wrongful termination attorney about our case as soon as possible. You have specific time limits for filing a claim, and thoroughly evaluating your situation and establishing the most effective course of action requires swift and immediate attention.
At the Law Office of George Gedulin, our San Diego wrongful termination lawyers will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to address your questions and concerns about your case. We understand the emotional and financial impacts you can suffer because of the loss of your job, especially when your dismissal was illegal. That is why we will review every detail of your situation and develop a custom-tailored legal strategy for you. Our team is prepared to stand up for you and do everything we can to work toward a favorable outcome on your behalf.
When a Wrongful Termination Claim May Arise
Several state and federal laws protect workers from unjust and unlawful treatment in the workplace. If, upon dismissing an employee, an employer violates any of these statutes, they may face legal action.
Below are a few of the grounds in which an employee may be able to file a wrongful termination claim:
- Discrimination: California's Fair Housing and Employment Act, as well as several federal laws, provide that it's unlawful for employers to make employment decisions based on a person's membership in a protected class. Thus, if an individual was fired because of their race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or other protected characteristic, they may have the right to sue their employer.
- Retaliation: If an employee is subject to unwelcome or offensive conduct in the workplace, they can file a claim or lawsuit against their employer. In such cases, the employee is protected from retaliation, which means the employer cannot make any employment decisions concerning that employee because they exposed unjust behavior and/or practices. Employees are also protected even if they weren't the victim of harassment or discrimination, but they spoke up about it.
- Whistleblowing retaliation: An employer may be said to have wrongfully terminated an employee if that employee reported company conduct that violated state or federal laws.
- Breach of contract: Some employees may have written or verbal contracts specifying that they cannot be terminated without good cause, before a certain length of time, or for other reasons. If the employer dismisses the employee in violation of that contract, the worker may pursue a wrongful discharge claim or lawsuit.
- Public policy violation: Employers cannot fire employees who are engaged in lawful conduct (such as taking time off to serve as a juror) or who refuse to participate in unlawful actions perpetrated by the company.
A wrongful discharge claim may arise even if the employer did not actually fire the employee. This can happen when the employer makes the work environment so intolerable that the worker's only option for relief is to quit their job.
Because an unlawful dismissal case can stem from various actions on the employer's part, it's crucial to discuss your situation with a lawyer. Our wrongful termination attorneys in San Diego can inform you of the legal avenues and remedies available to you.
We Can Ensure That Your Voice Is Heard
Sometimes, speaking up against an employer can be difficult. But it's important to expose any unjust and unlawful treatment in the workplace not only to get the justice you deserve but also to prevent such behavior from occurring in the future. At the Law Office of George Gedulin, we are prepared to go up against your employer and seek a fair result on your behalf.
Regardless of how complex your case may seem, we can fight to protect your rights. Get started by calling our San Diego wrongful termination lawyers at (858) 281-4605 or submitting an online contact form.