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Why Do You Need A Best Wrongful Termination Lawyer?

If you have been dismissed or laid off and believe the decision was unlawful, our firm can give guidance and legal assistance as attorneys who have litigated claims of wrongful termination or abusive discharge. There are numerous types of “illegal” or “wrongful” termination reasons:

  • Firing as a form of discrimination (based on race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, etc.).
  • Termination in retaliation for an employee lodging a claim, complaint, or asserting a legal right, e.g., related to wages under the FLSA, benefits for workers’ compensation, absences under the FMLA, etc.
  • Violation of an employment contract.
  • Firing that violates labor laws or union rules.
  • Termination as an end result of sexual harassment.
  • Discharge in violation of a clear mandate of public policy.

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Can I Be Fired If I Have A Contract With My Employer?

While the vast majority of employees in California don’t have contracts, there are some employees in California that actually do have contracts. Some of those contracts are for specific time periods: one year, or for a specific job. The question comes up as to if they can terminate that contract. Sometimes, the contract has just cause provisions that say if they terminate you for just cause, they can cancel the contract. What’s clear in California is that, regardless of whether or not you have an employment contract or you’re considered at-will, all employees, both contract employees and at-will employees, are protected under California law from wrongful termination, unlawful harassment, and discrimination.

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  • Consider alternative dispute resolution: Mediation or arbitration may be a more cost-effective and efficient way to resolve your case rather than going to court. An attorney can help you explore these options.
  • Take care of yourself: Losing your job can be a stressful experience. Take care of yourself by seeking emotional support, taking time for self-care, and focusing on your job search or other opportunities.

You must bear in mind that in order to protect your legal rights, it is vital to act swiftly and to seek the counsel of an attorney as soon as possible. It is in your best interest to keep this in mind.


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What Should I Do If I Was Wrongfully Terminated?

If you believe you have been wrongfully terminated from your job in California, here are some steps you can take:

  • Understand the reasons for your termination: Review your employment contract, employee handbook, and any other relevant documents to understand the reasons provided for your termination.
  • Gather evidence: Collect all relevant documents, including emails, text messages, performance evaluations, and any other evidence that supports your claim of wrongful termination.
  • Consult an attorney: Contact an experienced employment attorney who can help you understand your legal rights and options. They can provide you with legal advice and represent you in any legal proceedings.
  • File a complaint: You have a specific time after termination to file a complaint with the California DFEH or federal EEOC. For guidance, consult an attorney.

Can I Sue My Employer If I Was Wrongfully Terminated In California?

Yes, you may be able to sue your employer for wrongful termination in California if certain conditions are met. Here are the key points to consider:

  • If you decide to file a lawsuit, you may be able to recover damages such as lost wages, emotional distress, and punitive damages if your employer's actions were particularly egregious.
  • California is an at-will employment state, which means that employers have the right to terminate employees for any reason or no reason at all, as long as the reason is not illegal.
  • If you were terminated for an illegal reason, such as discrimination retaliation, or for engaging in protected activities, such as whistle-blowing, you may have grounds to sue for wrongful termination.
  • If the DFEH or EEOC determines that there is probable cause to believe that your employer engaged in wrongful termination, they will issue a "right-to-sue" letter, which allows you to file a lawsuit in court.
  • In order to file a wrongful termination lawsuit in California, you must first file a complaint with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), depending on the specific circumstances of your Lawsuit.
  • It is important to note that there are strict time limits for filing a wrongful termination claim in California, so it is important to act quickly and consult with an experienced employment law attorney as soon as possible.
  • Keep in mind that while you may be able to sue your employer for wrongful termination, there is no guarantee of a favorable outcome. The strength of your case will depend on the specific facts and circumstances of your situation, as well as the evidence you can gather to support your claims.

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We are committed to standing up for the rights of all workers, whether blue or white-collar, and we are ready to put our extensive resources to work for you to help you get the compensation and justice you deserve if you have been wronged on the job. Do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

Sexual Harassment

Harassment on the basis of a person's refusal to engage in sexual activity can take many forms, ranging from unwanted sexual advances to the denial of employment opportunities.

Whistleblower Retaliation

Whistleblowers are employees who report the unlawful actions of their employer to the proper authorities. Whistleblowers are legally protected from employer retaliation..


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We assist workers who have been mistreated because of their disabilities or denied leave under the FMLA. Meet with our attorneys today if you need help..

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Frequently Asked Questions

A: Age discrimination is treating an individual unfairly or differently because of their age. This can include denying employment, promotions, or training opportunities based on age.

A: In the United States, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) prohibits employment discrimination against individuals who are 40 years of age or older. Some states may have additional laws protecting against age discrimination.

A: Yes, age discrimination can occur during any stage of the employment process, including hiring. For example, an employer may choose not to hire someone based solely on their age, even if they are otherwise qualified for the position.

A: If you believe you have been a victim of age discrimination, you should speak with an employment lawyer or file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC investigates claims of discrimination and may take legal action against employers who violate anti-discrimination laws.

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From beginning to end the team at this firm were responsive, professional, and most of allCARING! I WILL RECOMMEND this firm to anyone having issues with an employer. Andrew Doroitt and his team are AWESOME!
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I highly recommend southern California labor law group especially attorney Michael Zelman he was fantastic in handling my case of unlawful termination his staff of Paralegal's were very kind courteous and professional and handling all matters of my case I was very satisfied with the results achieved using Michael Zelman of Southern California Employment Law Group
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Chris M.
Michael and Eric represented me in 2017.  They quickly assimilated the details of my case.  Proposed an action plan and acted quickly to make progress.  They were diligent and creative.  I was impressed.  I recommend them without hesitation.

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