California, like most states, employment is an “at-will.” Employment “at-will” means that Employers can fire Employees without cause. That does not mean, however, that Employers can terminate Employees for illegal reasons. If you have been fired from your job or believe that your job is in jeopardy, it is important to talk to a lawyer as soon as possible.
At Anticouni & Ricotta, we take pride in providing quality legal representation and client service in all types of employment matters. Based in Santa Barbara, we represent Employees throughout the Central Coast.
What Is Wrongful Termination?
Businesses cannot fire Employees for many reasons, including:
- Discrimination: It is illegal for Employers to discriminate on the basis of age, race, gender, disability, national origin, religion, pregnancy, marital status or sexual orientation.
- Reporting illegal acts in the workplace: For instance, if your Employer committed sexual harassment, was responsible for a hostile work environment or committed some other unlawful activity, it cannot fire or otherwise retaliate against you for reporting it.
- Organizing union activities: Employees have the right to freely self-organize unions. Any attempt by Employers to discourage this activity is illegal.
If you have been wrongfully discharged for any of these or other reasons, our attorneys are ready to enforce your rights. With more than 70 years of combined experience, our lawyers know how to prepare a strong case in support of your claims.
Protecting Your Rights In Negotiations, Litigation Or Mediation
Many times, our clients are concerned about the uncertainty of litigation. We strive to resolve most employment claims through negotiations or mediation whenever possible. By doing so, we give our clients more control over the outcome of their case. With this said, our lawyers have extensive trial experience, which has made a positive impact for our clients time and time again.