Temecula Wrongful Termination Lawyer
While there are certainly situations where an employer is justified at firing an employee for poor performance, other scenarios may constitute wrongful termination under US and California employment laws. Despite the rule of at-will employment, companies cannot discharge someone for discriminatory or illegal reasons. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) statistics show that some organizations still engage in misconduct, as almost 56 percent of all charges filed by California workers allege that they had been unlawfully fired.
If you were terminated under questionable circumstances, the same laws that prohibit misconduct also provide employees with legal remedies. You may qualify to recover compensation, and our team at The Law Office of Karen J. Sloat, APC can assist. Our Temecula wrongful termination lawyers have decades of combined experience, so please contact our firm to set up a consultation. Some general information about your options is also useful.
California Employment Laws Cover Wrongful Discharge
State at-will employment principles do not apply in situations where an employer violates an employee’s civil rights, so there are two scenarios that trigger unlawful termination laws:
- Wrongful Discharge Based on Discrimination: You may have a claim if your employer fired you because of race, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, age, and many other factors.
- Unlawful Termination as Retaliation: Employees are protected against adverse action by an employer on account of their participation in protected activities. For instance, a company cannot fire you or take other retaliatory action for:
- Filing an official report or participating in an investigation on employer misconduct;
- Supporting another employee in filing a discrimination claim;
- Seeking unemployment or workers’ comp benefits; or
- Exercising other civil and employment rights.
How a Lawyer Can Assist with Your Legal Remedies
When a company engages in wrongful termination, you must first file a charge with the EEOC or California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH). It may be possible to resolve your claim through these agencies, and you are required to exhaust your administrative remedies before pursuing a lawsuit. If you are dissatisfied with the findings, you can initiate litigation in civil court.
The Law Office of Karen J. Sloat, APC will guide you throughout the process to ensure you receive compensation for your losses and appropriate equitable relief. You can trust a Temecula wrongful termination attorney to handle such tasks as:
- Pre-filing investigation and collecting evidence;
- Filing a wrongful termination charge with EEOC and/or DFEH:
- Advocating on your behalf during administrative proceedings and settlement negotiations; and
- Representing you in court for an unlawful discharge lawsuit.
Discuss Your Options with a Temecula Wrongful Termination Lawyer
An overview about your rights is important for informational purposes, but you will need experienced representation in a real life wrongful termination situation. For additional details, please contact The Law Office of Karen J. Sloat, APC. You can call 760-779-1313 or go online to set up a consultation. Our team serves clients throughout Riverside, Orange, and Los Angeles Counties in a wide range of employment law matters, so we are ready to assist with your remedies.