One of the worst and most hurtful experiences an employee can face is harassment from a boss or superior. Employees in California have rights and should never be forced to endure harassment in the workplace. Unfortunately, it seems to be happening more and more these days. Losing employment for any reason is difficult, but when employment is lost as a result of harassment, the experience can be humiliating and traumatic. A man in Los Angeles filed a wrongful termination lawsuit after he was allegedly harassed and fired.
When workers face retaliation in California, reactions vary. Some people may struggle to keep their jobs for as long as possible. Another set of workers may move on and never look back, preferring to forget the incidents that led to the complaint and subsequent retaliation. Others may wish to seek legal recourse but first need to know where to begin.
When workers in California file a complaint related to sexual harassment or other workplace issues, they may find themselves the target of workplace retaliation. In fact, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reports that the discrimination findings based on retaliation has been as high as 53% in the past decade.
When employees in California lose their jobs under unfair circumstances, many of them shrug it off as normal and simply move on to another job. For others, the transition process is more difficult. It may take weeks or months to find another job and it may not be as high-paying as the one they lost. When seeking new employment, recruiters may also be reluctant to hire employees for top positions if they were fired from their last job. So, what can these employees do?
The at-will doctrine used by the state of California means employers are free to fire workers for any reason, provided the employers do not violate civil rights laws that forbid discrimination. However, if a company describes specific procedures for firing an employee, it could be argued that the company has waived at-will firing. One place to look for these procedures is an employee handbook.
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.