In California, most employment relationships can be ended by either the employer or the employee at any time for any lawful reason, or for no reason at all. This is what is meant as an “at will” employment relationship.
You were just fired…so was it wrongful?
The employer will always say that it was “good cause” or “just cause.” In other words, your employer will say that you were fired due to a fair and honest cause or reason.
But what is the real reason that you were fired? Did you know that it is unlawful to fire somebody due to:
- National Origin
- Physical Disability
- Mental Disability
- Medical Condition
- Marital Status
- Sexual Orientation
- Complaining about a violation of the law (Whistleblower)
If you feel that you were fired or demoted or simply didn’t get a job due to one of the reasons listed above, call us for a free consultation.
What is Retaliation in the workplace?
Employers cannot take adverse action against an employee because he/she participated in a protected activity. The law is designed to stop employers from engaging in coercion, intimidation, threats, harassment, or interference with their protected rights.
So what could constitute retaliation?
Employers therefore cannot fire, demote, harass, deny you a promotion, threaten you, give you negative evaluations or references, create unjustified civil or criminal charges or otherwise “retaliate” against an individual for filing a charge of discrimination, participating in a discrimination proceeding, opposing discrimination, or any other action designed to keep you from pursuing your rights.
These laws are very fact intensive, so call Schmidt Law now to talk to an experienced employment attorney and let us help you pursue your rights. Remember, we accept cases on a contingency, so you do not pay anything unless we win or settle your claims.
All claims have a statute of limitations, so call us NOW to discuss your employment issues.