In the U.S., we often hear of employees working under the status of “at-will employment.” This refers to work relationships where an employee can be dismissed by an employer without a reason or “just cause”, just as an employee is entitled to leave his or her job without a reason. However, this does not mean an employer can fire you for any reason. In fact, there are many circumstances where employers are legally prohibited from terminating your employment.
Some examples of unlawful termination can include:
- Violating existing employment contracts
- Retaliation for claims of discrimination or harassment
- Because you’re pregnant
- Because you requested time off for family or medical leave under the FMLA (Family and Medical Leave Act)
- Because of your race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or other protected statuses
- Whistleblower retaliation
Losing a job can be difficult for anybody and wrongful termination claims can be difficult to prove. But, don’t allow the unjust loss of your employment to destroy the means of your livelihood. Hire an experienced attorney who will aggressively advocate for you.
If you feel you have been wrongfully terminated for any of the aforementioned reasons, call us at (310) 478-4349 or submit your information online to schedule a free consultation.