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Wrongful Termination & Wage Claims

Were You Let Go from Your Job for An Unlawful Reason?

If you were fired from your job for what you believe to be an unlawful reason, then you may still have the opportunity to fight for your rights. Depending on your situation and employment contract, you could have a number of options available to you. Take note of anything you can – did you sign a contract that outlines the terms of your employment? Has your employer had a history of terminating employees for unlawful reasons? Did they say anything to you or your coworkers leading up to your termination that indicates a reason for your termination? No matter what, the most important thing for you to do now is to reach out to an experienced employment law attorney to go over your situation.

Call The Law Offices of Jonathan D. Winters at (888) 495-0556 today to discuss your legal options.

At the Law Offices of Jonathan D. Winters, we are committed to fighting for your rights. Our employment lawyer has spent years working with workers in Long Beach and throughout Southern California. Contact us today to go over your case and plan out your next steps.

What Makes a Firing “Wrongful”?

There are a number of factors in play that can influence whether your termination is considered “wrongful” or not. Employers in California, as well as in several other states typically workers “at will” which means that they can be fired without warning and at any time. However, California law includes a number of protections for workers in order to protect them from discriminatory or retaliatory firings.

  • Discrimination Claims: There are certain protected characteristics that cannot be used to influence an employer’s decision to fire an employee, including age, sexual orientation, pregnancy, disability, religion, and more. If you believe that you were fired for any of these reasons, then you likely have the opportunity to take your case to court.
  • Retaliation Claims: Employees cannot be fired for attempting to exercise their employment rights – for example, a worker cannot be fired for filing a workers’ compensation claim, for taking time off for jury duty, for requesting time off for medical or family leave, etc. California law provides considerable protection for workers in these situations, so it’s important to go over every detail of your situation with your attorney.
  • Breach of Contract: While the majority of workers in California work at will, some companies still require their workers to sign a contract. These contracts typically include language covering how the worker can be fired and how much notice they need to be given.
  • Sexual harassment regulation
  • Failure to Pay Overtime and Minimum Wage

Hire Experienced Legal Representation Today

If you believe that you were fired for an unlawful reason, it’s important to seek legal representation as soon as possible. At the Law Offices of Jonathan D. Winters, our employment lawyer will work with you every step of the way to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve. Our firm has established a concrete reputation for excellence in employment discrimination law and is dedicated to helping you recover the compensation that you deserve.