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Being terminated from your job in any scenario is always a painful process. However, being wrongfully terminated when you have done nothing wrong is many times more frustrating. Regrettably, there are many employees who end up being fired for illegal reasons.
There are many scenarios that can lead to an illegal firing. These include terminating employees in violation of contract policy, due to discrimination, or to cover up illegal activities. If you believe you were the victim of wrongful termination, our employment law attorneys can help you.
Unlawful Termination Disguised as ‘At-Will' Employment
Numerous employers throughout Northern California inform their employees that their employment is “at-will." However, many employers abuse this clause, firing employees under the pretext of this vague phrase. Even in an at-will employment state, there are still several state and federal laws protecting employers from a wrongful dismissal.
There are certain key exceptions to “at will” employment including:
- Termination that illegally breaks a directly outlined or implied employment contract
- Termination that occurs due to a protected characteristic. These include an employer's age, gender, religion, race, sex, sexual orientation, marital status or ethnicity
- Termination designed to silence an employee for complaining about sexual harassment or discrimination against them or another employee
- Termination acting as punishment for an employee whistleblowing to law enforcement
- Termination resulting from an employee taking leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act or claiming workers' compensation
Our attorneys at the Webber Law Group are trained to identify scenarios where employers have attempted to disguise illegal terminations. We will work with you to prove the unjust nature of your termination. We will help you demonstrate that your employer is the one actually at fault.
Contesting Wrongful Termination in Sacramento
Challenging illegal terminations can be a tricky and complicated process, particularly in an at-will state like California. Employers will rarely admit to their true motives for firing an employee if it falls under wrongful termination. The court will need to see explicit proof that your circumstances clearly do not fall within the “at-will" clause.
However, our employment attorneys will closely evaluate your case and check relevant criteria to show that you were wrongfully terminated. We can look into whether your employer failed to follow policies leading to your termination, whether there was differing treatment in the workplace based on illegal factors, and any other factors to build your wrongful termination case.
Damages That You Can Recover
In a wrongful termination claim, you can recover economic damages, emotional distress damages and punitive damages.
- Economic damages for lost wages and other compensation that you would have received had you not been terminated
- Emotional distress damages for the pain and suffering that you were forced to endure as a result of the wrongful termination
- Punitive damages in order to punish the wrongdoer. Punitive damages are not typically awarded. However, they can be if the Court or a jury determines that the employer acted with malice, oppression or fraud
In many employment law cases your attorney can also recover their attorney fees. However, wrongful termination law does not provide for recovery of attorneys’ fees.
Key Components Used to Prove a Wrongful Discharge Include:
- Your previous performance with the company, along with any bonuses, salary increases, promotions, or positive assessments you have received
- Years that you have been working for the company
- Your personal history with your employer and your colleagues
- Evidence of misconduct demonstrated by the employer and/or colleagues at the company
- Descriptions of termination procedures specific to the company, along with proof of policies either written or oral
Experience Fighting Big Firms
You may feel helpless after being wrongfully terminated from your job, especially if you are facing a giant corporation. However, the Webber Law Group will help set your mind at ease. Our wrongful termination lawyers, some of whom previously represented large corporations, are intricately familiar with labor and employment laws. We have the experience and knowledge necessary in order to get you the best results possible.
Reach out to our wrongful termination law firm in Sacramento, CA for help. Call us today at (916) 262-7006 so that Webber Law Group can advocate for your rights.