What is Wrongful Termination?
Wrongful termination occurs when an employer fires an employee based on
a decision made by something other than skill or job ability. This means
the employer discriminated against the individual in one way or another
and made the decision to fire them as a result. What this means is, essentially,
an employer can decide that you are not putting in enough effort or committing
to your job, but they cannot fire you as a result of discrimination.
Wrongful termination laws were put in place to protect employees from dishonest
or illegitimate firing practices. If you believe you were wrongfully terminated,
then these laws are on your side when you seek legal representation. However,
proving that you were fired for an unfair reason can be complicated, which
is why hiring experienced counsel in Los Angeles is important.
What Constitutes Wrongful Termination?
In short, being discharged from your workplace for an unlawful reason is
the definition of wrongful termination.
A few examples of wrongful termination include:
Discrimination of all types: If the employee was being harassed or discriminated against
and reports the owner, and the owner fires the employee, this is wrongful
Retaliation for contesting a
wage or overtime dispute: Wage disputes can also be the reason someone is wrongfully terminated.
This means that an individual reported having their wages unpaid and the
owner fired the employee for reporting it.
Retaliation for denying a
sexual harassment advance: In some cases, if the owner makes sexual advances to an employee, but
the employee denies it, the owner may fire the employee. This is an act
of wrongful termination that is illegal and the employee may be able to
take legal action.
refusing to partake in illegal behavior
Retaliation for filing a
workers' compensation claim
FMLA violations, such as being fired after having a baby or taking care of a loved one
- Whistleblower retaliation
Who Can Be Held Accountable in Wrongful Termination Lawsuits?
Most often, it’s the employer or the supervisor who fires the individual
that would be considered responsible for the wrongful termination. In
some cases, however, there may be other factors such as a co-worker lying
about an employee’s performance in order to get them fired.
Seeking Restitution for Wrongfully Terminated Employees
If you were not given valid reasons why you were fired and suspect some
type of illegal firing practice or other unlawful termination situation,
our wrongful termination lawyers in Los Angeles can help. At Levin &
Nalbandyan, LLP, we believe in protecting the employees' best interest
and rights and are here to help you seek the financial restitution you deserve.
We work on a contingency basis so
you don't pay unless we win. Call our Los Angeles wrongful termination attorneys now at (213) 267-3640
to learn more.