Wrongful Termination, Demotion or Discipline
Employment in California is called “at will,” but that doesn't mean employers can fire workers for any reason.
“At Will” Defined
At-will employment describes a work environment where employers are free to terminate employees at any time, without cause, explanation or prior warning, provided it does not violate federal, state, and local laws. Likewise, employees can quit their job at any time without reason or notice. But—and this is an important “but”—specific situations can be much broader, far-reaching, and sometimes complicated, leaving many employees to wonder: Do I have grounds to challenge my termination? There's a wide range of laws under which workers are afforded protection from wrongful termination, demotion or discipline.
For example, in California you cannot be fired for any reason having to do with who you are—and this includes your race, sex, gender, age, disability, religion, nationality or sexual orientation. Wrongful termination can occur even when you're not fired. You might have a claim for wrongful termination if you've experienced any of the following—here's a checklist:
- You've been fired because of your race, sex, gender, age, disability, religion, nationality, or sexual orientation
- You quit your job because your workplace became so intolerable that you had no reasonable option other than to quit
- You've been wrongfully demoted (on account of your race, sex, gender, age, disability, religion, nationality or sexual orientation)
- You've been wrongfully suspended without pay
- You've been wrongfully disciplined
- Your pay has been wrongfully cutback
- You were wrongfully denied a promotion
If you've been fired—or disciplined, suspended, demoted, or denied a promotion—and you don't think your employer had a legitimate basis for taking that action against you, you may very well have a claim.
Remember: You can't be fired because of WHO YOU ARE
In many instances, an employee has been illegally fired and they don't even know it. Ask yourself this simple question: was I fired because of who I am? Any employee who suspects wrongful termination (demotion or discipline) and acts quickly has an advantage.
If you believe your termination, suspension, or demotion was unlawful for any reason—or you're not sure and need advice—take action now. There's no charge and everything is kept confidential. Contact us today—the employment law experts at Lawyers for Employee & Consumer Rights.