Elements Of A Successful Wrongful Termination Claim
California is an “at-will” employment state, which frees workers not on contracts to quit at any time. But that same freedom allows companies to fire employees with little or no notice. It can be devastating to lose your job suddenly, without an adequate explanation, especially if you have invested years with your present employer.
At the Law Office of Suzy C. Moore, we evaluate the claims of clients who have suffered wrongful termination and help them prepare lawsuits seeking compensation for their income loss and other damages. Here are several elements of a wrongful termination case that need to be present for the claim to move forward in the court system.
Being Let Go Because Of Who You Are: The Role Of Protected Classes
If you believe — or better, if you can document — that you were fired because of your membership in a protected class recognized by the state, your case may be on a solid footing. California recognizes the following as protected classes:
- Race or color
- National origin
- Marital status
- Sexual orientation
- Gender identity/expression
- Medical/genetic condition
Our lead attorney, Suzy C. Moore, can discuss the specifics of your claim and help you determine if it meets this crucial test.
Punished For Doing The Right Thing: Retaliation And Public Policy Claims
Another category of wrongful termination recognized by state law is the termination of employees who have attempted to highlight their company’s illegal actions or blow the whistle on the organization’s violation of public policy through unethical behavior.
Additionally under California law, you cannot be punished for taking time off to serve on a jury, filing a workers’ compensation claim, reporting illegal wage practices or filing a complaint alleging discrimination or harassment. If you were fired for reporting a violation of public policy, which may include acts not covered in employment law, you can discuss your case with a lawyer who can guide you through the next steps of the process.