A job is important in many ways. While it is true that employment allows you to put food on the table, the fact of the matter is that it means much more to a person. Being employed provides one with a sense of dignity, identity, and pride. There are times when an employer fires someone from a job in a way which violates the law. If you find yourself a victim of an illegal firing then you have recourse. Our Santa Ana wrongful termination lawyers assist those who have lost their job illegally. Contact our attorneys today if you have been the victim of discrimination, retaliation, or any other wrongful act by your employer. We also service Anaheim, Irvine, and the rest of Orange County.
Orange County wrongful termination attorneys protecting employees in Santa Ana, Anaheim, and Irvine
California is an “at will” state. This means that employers can generally fire their employees regardless of job performance. This right to fire, however, is not absolute. A company may not terminate an employee in a way which violates a legal protection. Examples of illegal terminations include racial discrimination, gender discrimination, termination due to sexual orientation, employer retaliation, and more. An employee who is terminated in violation of these protections may be entitled to lost wages, costs associated with finding new employment, damages for stress and suffering which has been inflicted, and possibly punitive damages.
The way in which a wrongful termination case proceeds will depend on the reason for which the employee was fired. If it is a situation stemming from discrimination then cases will proceed under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). Once the employee receives a “right to sue” letter from the administrative agency then a lawsuit may be initiated with the Court. After the case is filed it will be necessary to gather evidence showing that the termination was for an illegal purpose. Such evidence may include company documents showing a discriminatory attitude, emails showing that the termination was retaliation for one blowing the whistle, for a wage and hour dispute, or as punishment for one not succumbing to sexual harassment. Whatever the reason, it will be important to acquire proof so that one can establish the facts. A jury will decide, after a trial, whether the employer acted improperly and the damages to be awarded. Having a lawyer to help you with this process can be crucial to the outcome of your case.
Our Orange County wrongful termination attorneys aggressively advocate for those who have been illegally fired from their job. We will use your initial consultation to determine whether you have a claim which should go forward. We will help you through any necessary administrative processes and quickly file a Complaint with the Court if necessary. We will use discovery, the process by which information is obtained, to gain internal documents, correspondence, and other company records which will help to prove your case. Our firm will ensure that you are prepared for trial, that you know what to expect from the process, and that your rights are protected from beginning to end. We understand that losing one’s job can be devastating and we are here to help. Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation.
Our attorneys also service 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.
Santa Ana employment lawyers providing quality service to those who have been wrongfully terminated
If you have been wrongfully terminated by your employer then you have already been shown a high level of disrespect. The last thing you need is an attorney who does not return your phone calls, answer your questions, or address your concerns. Our lawyers strive to provide a level of service which we feel is not common to other law firms. We quickly respond to telephone and email messages and we make ourselves available to answer your questions. We will worry about this area of the law so you can worry about the most important thing – getting your future back on track.