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Losing your job, under any set of circumstances, can cause mental stress and financial hardship. Wrongfully losing your job through no fault of your own can cause additional feelings of betrayal and deception. The legal professionals at Attorneys for Employees (AFE) understand the challenges you are facing. With a practice that focuses on helping employees, we can provide a case review and help you understand your options.

At-Will Employment in California

According to California Labor Code 2922, California is an “at-will employment” state, which means the employer or the employee may end the working relationship at any time. However, being an at-will state does not give employers the right to terminate employees for reasons that are illegal. When they do a claim for wrongful termination is often the result.

Examples of Wrongful Termination

Listed below are examples of some of the most common types of wrongful terminations. 

  • You were terminated for whistleblowing, which is reporting your company’s activities that you reasonably believed to be illegal.
  • Your company terminated you as part of discriminatory conduct based on your sex, race, religion, age, disability, or other protected class status.
  • Your company terminated you after reporting unlawful discrimination, such as sexual, racial, disability, age, or marital status.
  • You were fired due to reporting unsafe work conditions or unpaid wages.
  • You were terminated for violation of an implied contract, such as any verbal agreement or an agreement reached through a parties’ conduct or behavior.  

This list is far from all-inclusive, so if you believe you have been the victim of wrongful termination for any reason, contact our firm today to learn how we can help you.

Damages in a Wrongful Termination Employment Law Case

If you have been the victim of wrongful termination, you may be eligible to recover the following:

  • Lost Wages: Lost wages are income you would have earned had you not been wrongfully terminated. If you obtain different employment after your termination, any wages earned at that job may be used to off-set the lost wages you can recover. Lost wages also include loss of employee benefits, such as bonuses and contributions. 
  • Emotional Distress: Wrongful termination can cause you to suffer emotional distress such as depression, anxiety, and mental anguish. These types of emotional distress often manifest with physical symptoms such as vomiting, insomnia, and weight loss. California law does not mandate that the distress be permanent and seeks to allow victims to recover from past and future pain and suffering. 
  • Punitive Damages: Punitive damages are damages awarded to punish the wrongdoer for outrageous behavior as well as encourage others from not following in their footsteps. Punitive damages are seldom awarded in wrongful termination cases as the burden of proof is extremely high. 

Contact An Experienced Wrongful Termination Attorney to Learn More

Being wrongfully terminated causes undue mental and financial stress. Contact our firm today by filling out our intake form. We look forward to providing you with the unparalleled representation you deserve.