Pasadena Wrongful Termination Attorneys
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If an employee is fired without warning or for discriminatory reasons, they may have grounds for a wrongful termination case. KP Law has over 40 years of combined experience helping clients with complicated wrongful termination cases. We understand how devastating it can be to lose your job with little to no warning, which is we investigate your situation and build a strong case on your behalf.
Call our Pasadena wrongful termination attorneys at (866) 973-5691 for more information.
Grounds for a Wrongful Termination Claim in California
It is important to remember that if you work for an at-will employer in California, they can legally terminate you at any time for any reason. However, there are some grounds for termination that are off-limits.
There are several types of claims you can file under wrongful termination, including:
- Violation of a contract
- Violation of public policy
Some of the most common wrongful termination claims are related to contracts, discrimination, and retaliation.
Contract claims can be made if the employer violates a term in the employment contract. This can happen if the employment agreement contains specific rules like how long you will be employed or limits on your boss’s ability to fire you.
If you are terminated in a way that is against the contract signed by you and the employer, you may have grounds for a contract violation claim. In these cases, you may sue for lost wages, benefits, or severance if your contract has a severance package that you did not receive.
Discrimination claims often involve termination because of race, gender, sexuality, or religion. These cases often build up to termination. The employer will repeatedly deny benefits and/or promotions to employees who may fall into a marginalized category.
This includes the following groups:
- HIV or AIDS positive people
- Transgender or transitioning workers
- Victims of domestic violence
- Active duty military service members and veterans
- Members of the LGBTQA+ community
- Disabled workers
If you were fired because of your identity as a member of any of the groups listed above, you have a wrongful termination case. Discrimination cases not only hold the employer responsible for bias but the company as a whole and may protect future employees from experiencing the same thing.
Should an employer fire you for exercising your rights under the law, you could file a retaliation claim. California has strict guidelines for what is and is not discriminatory, which helps to protect workers.
Disproportionate tip sharing, exclusion, wage discrepancies, and ignoring diverse candidates for promotions are all discriminatory practices that employers can be sued over. If you are fired in retaliation for exercising your employment rights, you can file a retaliation claim for lost benefits and attorneys fees. In some cases, you may be able to sue for emotional distress.
Additional Grounds for a Claim
In some cases, an employer may make working conditions unbearable, which forces you to quit, or they may spread false information about you that makes it difficult to find a job elsewhere. These are also grounds for a wrongful termination case.
Both situations involve creating a situation where the employee’s way of life is put in jeopardy by forcing them to quit, excluding them from unemployment or making them unemployable. This is against the law, and you have the freedom to pursue a legal claim.
At KP Law, we are proud to serve clients in Pasadena and the surrounding areas. Our team of compassionate legal advocates is not afraid to dig deep and investigate the details of your wrongful termination case. We work with you to understand the situation and build a case that works for you and your goals.
Schedule a free initial consultationwith KP Law today.