Monterey Wrongful Termination Attorney
Wrongful termination can be described as the improper or illegal termination of an employee. Generally, the average individual is an “at will” employee. This means that the employer and employee have not entered into an employment contract wherein the employee is guaranteed employment for a certain period of time. In other words, this means that the individual has no right to employment and that the employer can fire that employee for almost any reason imaginable.
However, even if someone is an “at will” employee there are certain limitations on the circumstances under which he or she may be fired. Under the laws of most states, including California, an employee cannot be lawfully fired or terminated from his or her employment for any reason that is in violation of public policy. This means that if an employer fires an individual for reasons that the government finds unlawful, illegal or unacceptable, that the person may have a wrongful termination claim. This can include firing a person for asserting their rights under the law, firing a person based upon blatant discrimination, firing a person for claiming they were sexually harassed or firing a person for complaining of unlawful workplace conditions, just to name a few. Not only can an individual bring a claim for being fired, he or she can also bring claims for being demoted or for not being promoted for the same reasons set forth above.
Wrongful termination cases are usually aggressively defended by law firms and attorneys who specialize in labor law and representing employers. These employers and companies usually have deep pockets and significant financial resources to defend against an employee’s claims. Because of this, it is essential that an employee that was wrongfully terminated or demoted find an attorney who is skilled in this area and ready to bring the fight to the other side.
Even the lowest paid employees have rights. If you believe your rights have been violated by an employer and that you were wrongfully terminated from your job or employment position, contact one of our attorneys today for a free consultation. Our attorneys have experience handling wrongful termination lawsuits and will aggressively pursue your case.