This is the next post in our series on the handling of wrongful termination cases in Santa Ana and elsewhere in Orange County, California. Our last article discussed what it means to be wrongfully terminated. It is important to understand that there are differences between firings which are sad or unfair and those which are legally “wrongful.” Many make the mistake of thinking their rights have been violated when, in fact, they have not. It is also true, however, that many are illegally fired and may not realize that they have a case against their employer. If you believe that your rights have been violated then contact our office today to speak with an attorney.
We have previously discussed the process of suing for disability discrimination. Many of these same concepts will apply to a wrongful termination case. If you were fired for reasons involving race, gender, religion, age, or some other protected characteristic then you must go through an administrative process before you may file a case in Court. You begin this administrative process by filing a complaint with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) within one year of your termination. The agency will contact you within sixty days to begin an investigation. If they believe that there is a legitimate dispute then they will attempt to resolve it between you and your employer. If the matter cannot be resolved then the agency will typically provide you with a “right to sue letter.” This allows you to begin a case in the Court system.
You may also request that the DFEH provide you with a right to sue letter immediately and that you be permitted to skip the administrative process. While the government is diligent in pursuing such matters the truth is that the process can be slow, time consuming, and can result in a longer period of time before you are able to simply get on with your life. Consulting with an employment law attorney, immediately after you have been fired, can help you to determine which course of action is in your best interests. A lawyer will use your initial consultation to hear your side of the story, to determine if you have a legitimate case, and to help you understand your options. Quite often it turns out that someone’s rights may have been violated in a way which they did not even realize.
Contact our office today to speak with a Santa Ana wrongful termination attorney. We handle cases based on racial discrimination, gender discrimination, employer retaliation and more. Glen Duvel and our lawyers understand that one’s career is important to them and few things are taken as personally as being fired for no good reason. We are ready to assist you. We also service the Orange County area of Aliso Viejo, Anaheim, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Dana Point, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, La Habra, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Orange, Placentia, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Tustin, Westminster, and Yorba Linda.