Top Rated LA County Wrongful Termination Attorney
With more the 10 million people residents, Los Angeles County is the most populous county in the United States. However, wrongful termination occurs almost daily in LA County as the government is a breeding ground for retaliation and discrimination. That is why working with a seasoned LA County wrongful termination attorney is so important.
How Do I Know If I Was Wrongfully Terminated?
LA County is an at-will employment city meaning employers can punish or fire employees without reason. However, this does not give employers unlimited power to act as they wish. In fact, there are a number of situations in which a layoff or termination can be categorized as a wrongful termination. Having a skilled LA County wrongful termination attorney will help you recover for your damages.
The termination of your employment may be considered illegal if one of the following instances occurred:
- You were terminated because of your age, race, sex, religion, sexual orientation, pregnancy, disability, or any other protected characteristic
- After you file a report with human resources or complain to your supervisor about sexual harassment
- When you request time off though the Family and Medical Leave Act
- If you report hazardous, unsafe, or illegal workplace conditions to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
- Reporting illegal activity (whistleblowing) to authorities
What Laws Will an LA County Wrongful Termination Attorney Use to Help Me?
California has many laws in place to protect employees form wrongful termination and other forms of discrimination. That said, there is also Title VII of the Civil Rights Acts which provides protection on the federal level.
- Protected Characteristics: A protected class is a characteristic that cannot be the basis of discrimination. Think of a protected characteristic as a part of you that cannot change, such as your race or disability. Under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and federal laws, protected characteristics include race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation and identity, among others.
- Medical leave: The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) allows employees to take unpaid, job-protected time off up to 12 weeks to care for themselves or a close family member. The California Paid Family Leave (PFL), which mirrors the FMLA in many respects, provides up to six weeks of some paid time
- Protected Activities: Protected activity essentially means activities that employees should be able to engage in without fear of being fired or subject to other adverse action. If you reported something illegal (such as sexual harassment or an OSHA violation), or you opposed an illegal order by your boss, then you likely engaged in a protected activity.
Talk to an experienced LA County wrongful termination attorney to understand whether your firing was based on a protected characteristic or activity.
What If I Was Not Fired?
Not all employers have to fire an employee to be liable under the law. In many cases, retaliation can occur without a termination. Other forms of retaliation include:
- Demoting your position
- Lowering your pay
- Transferring you to a less desirable shift
- Requiring an excessive workload
- Writing you up for no reason
- Altering your job duties to harass you with respect to a disability
- Other forms of harassment
Talk to a LA County Wrongful Termination Attorney for Free!
Not every termination is illegal but understanding your rights can be difficult without the help of lawyer. If you believe that your rights were violated, please contact our law firm for a free initial consultation with one of our attorneys.
Call our office at 213-433-3588. You may also send us your information through our online portal (everything is confidential), and we will contact you.