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distraught man with hands on his head after receiving a termination letterThe majority of workers in California are known as “at-will” employees. This means that the employer may end the employment relationship at any time, with or without just cause.

However, there are important exceptions to the “at-will” rule that have been created by the courts, statutes, and public policy in order to protect employees from wrongful termination.

Although the law can be complicated in this area, the majority of the laws are set-up to protect you. There are a variety of reasons an employer may not fire an employee.

Generally, there are two scenarios under which an employee may not be terminated: (1) Discrimination; and (2) Retaliation.

Have you been wrongfully terminated from your job? Call (800) 543-4829 to reach the Orange County wrongful termination attorneys at Aegis Law Firm today for a free consultation. You can also contact us online.

Discrimination Wrongful Termination

Discrimination is taking action against someone due to a protected class:

Retaliation Wrongful Termination

Retaliation is the reaction of your employer after you:

  • Whistle-blow” – Notify higher management/outside entity of illegal activities
  • Protest or Report – Discrimination, harassment (against protected class), wage and hour violations, unsafe work conditions, or a perceived illegal activity
  • File a Workers Compensation claim
  • Request/take a protected leave: FMLA, CFRA, Maternity Leave, Medical Leave, Voting, Jury Duty
  • Participate in a protected activity such as take time off to vote or complete jury duty, union discussions, file a lawsuit, etc.

Retaliation can include but is not limited to:

  • Decreased compensation
  • Demotion
  • Disciplinary actions such as write-ups, suspension, or being placed on a Performance Improvement Plan
  • Termination

Steps to Take After Being Terminated

If you've been terminated by your employer, we recommend you take the following steps:

  • Document everything. If you plan on filing a wrongful termination claim, you will need clear evidence to prove your claim. Gather all formal documents and write down details so you don't forget.
  • Review your employment contract. Even if you are given what appears to be a lawful reason for termination, your employment contract could potential prove otherwise.
  • Do not retaliate. You may be angry after being terminated and rightfully so. But retaliating even in the smallest way will make it harder to collect damages. Stealing, destroying property, and badmouthing, especially on social media, are just a few examples.
  • Contact a lawyer. Our Irvine wrongful termination attorneys are skilled in determining if you have a case or not. It is best to act quickly, before the statute of limitations runs out.

At Aegis Law Firm, we protect the rights of those that have been violated by their employer. Because the terms of a wrongful termination vary so greatly, you should contact our office as soon as possible for a free case evaluation. We can help you determine if your termination was in fact wrongful, and what you can do to be compensated for your hardship.

Many wrongful termination settlements turn out to be quite large, but the amount awarded depends upon the individual circumstances surrounding each case.

You don't have to accept an unjust firing. Schedule your free consultation with experienced Irvine wrongful termination lawyers by calling (800) 543-4829.

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