If you get an injury in California, such as from a car accident, sports accident or other unfortunate incident, and you are unable to work at your job for a period of time, you may worry your employer could fire you. Depending on the situation, there are a number of laws that protect your job. Some include benefits to help cover expenses, while others may force you to take unpaid time off.
If you lost your job in California because you filed a report highlighting safety concerns, you have a right to file a wrongful termination claim. The government has laws in place that protect whistleblowers and concerned employees, and there are major penalties for companies that violate these laws.
We have written about various topics related to wrongful termination and in this blog, we will explore some of the consequences of this serious matter. In Santa Barbara and cities across all of California, many people have been fired wrongly. Unfortunately, this can lead to many different hardships that shatter a victim's life. Moreover, wrongful termination cases can also be very challenging for companies. As a result, it is essential for employees who have been wrongfully terminated to fight for their rights and for employers to take steps to prevent future occurrences of wrongful termination.
California is an "at will" state. This means you can quit, or your employment terminated for any reason or no reason at all. However, if you believe you were fired or forced to resign as retaliation, in a manner that violates contractual obligations or anti-discrimination laws, it is illegal. At Anticouni & Associates, we have experience representing clients who have been wrongfully terminated.
Workers in California have specific rights that protect them from getting fired or being punished for asserting certain rights against discrimination or unsafe conditions. If you lost your job because you stood up to your employer, or your work conditions have changed as a result, you can take legal action.
When someone loses their position in a way which violates employment law, they may struggle to move forward in life, regardless of their circumstances. From financial problems to a shattered career, this is a matter that must be taken seriously. For some people, however, wrongful termination can be especially challenging. Consider someone who is pregnant and finds out that their job has been brought to an end as a result of their pregnancy, even though they are fully qualified to carry out their job duties. This is just one example of the challenges some people face in the workplace.
Most workers in California depend on their paychecks to pay for living expenses and other bills. Many workers are considered to be at-will employees, which means they can be terminated for any reason at any time. If you have lost your job, and you were not at fault for the termination, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits. This money is available for a certain amount of time to help you stay afloat while you look for different employment.
Employees in California are protected from unsafe work environments by both state and federal laws. If an employer takes action against an employee who reports unsafe conditions, the employee has the right to fight back.
You may be quite familiar with the concept of at-will employment, in which either an employer or employee may terminate employment at any time, for any reason and without prior notice. You may also be aware that California is an at-will state, but one with strong protections for public and private employees under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act. So how does the law apply to wrongful termination cases, when at-will employment seems to allow employers to fire for discriminatory reasons?
You have likely heard of at-will employment laws, or laws that allow employers to terminate employees at will at any time and for any reason without opening themselves to legal retaliation, even if that does not protect them from suits for discrimination or other acts of wrongful termination. But does the at-will clause also protect an employee and allow them to leave an employer at any time and for any reason?