Riverside Wrongful Termination Lawyer
Wrongful termination in California refers to a situation in which an employee is fired or laid off unlawfully. In other words, the employee believes that she or he was fired in violation of a California state law or federal law, or in violation of an existing employment contract. Wrongful termination cases are serious, and it is important to have an experienced Riverside wrongful termination lawyer on your side to guide you through the claims process.
What is Wrongful Termination in Riverside?
Employers in California cannot fire or terminate an employee for a variety of reasons that are in violation of state or federal law, or in violation of California public policy. While employees can be fired for cause, and many at-will employees in the state can be terminated for a variety of reasons for which the employer is not required to show cause, employers cannot fire employees due to discrimination or in retaliation.
Our experienced Riverside employment law attorneys can evaluate your case today to determine whether the termination can result in a wrongful termination claim.
Grounds for a Riverside, CA Wrongful Termination Claim
There are multiple grounds for a wrongful discrimination claim in Riverside, California. To be sure, there are many reasons that an employer may terminate an employee that are actually unlawful under California state or federal law. Examples of common grounds for a wrongful discrimination claim include but are not limited to the following:
- Employee’s termination violates state or federal employment discrimination laws (e.g., employee was terminated on the basis of race, sex, age, pregnancy, religion, disability, or another protected identity or class);
- Employee’s termination was in violation of an express or implied employment contract;
- Employee was terminated after filing a workers’ compensation claim;
- Employee was terminated in retaliation for exercising rights under an existing state or federal law;
- Employee was terminated for whistleblower activities;
- Employee was terminated as a result of participating in political activities protected under California law; and/or
- Employee was terminated as part of a mass layoff in violation of the WARN Act.
Damages in a Riverside Wrongful Termination Lawsuit
Damages for wrongful termination can vary depending upon the violation involved in the case, but generally speaking, an employee who wins a wrongful termination case may be entitled to receive the following:
- Back pay from the point of wrongful termination to the present;
- Lost future wages and benefits as a result of the wrongful termination;
- Compensation for non-economic losses like emotional distress;
- Punitive damages paid to the employee but designed to punish the intentional wrongdoing of the employer; and
- Attorney’s fees associated with the wrongful termination claim.
Contact a Riverside Wrongful Termination Lawyer Today
Whether you are an employee who was wrongfully terminated or you are facing a wrongful termination claim as an employer, our experienced Riverside employment law attorneys are here to assist you. Contact the Law Office of Karen J. Sloat, APC to learn more about the services we provide to employees and employers involved in wrongful termination cases.