Do I Have A Wrongful Termination Case?
If you believe you were wrongfully terminated, contact the experienced San Diego labor lawyers at the JCL Law Firm in the Old Town section of San Diego. Since 2010, our firm has recovered millions of dollars on behalf of California employees. We represent wrongfully terminated employees throughout California, including San Diego County and Mission Valley. If you believe you were wrongfully fired or let go from your job, call our experienced labor lawyers at the 619-826-6975 for a free consultation.
What Is Wrongful Termination?
In California, wrongful termination is a legal term that refers to an illegal termination of employment. Many terminations that people think of as “wrongful” are not in fact illegal. In California, employment is “at will,” meaning an employer can fire an employee for almost no reason at all. There are three general exceptions to this rule:
- An employer terminates an employee for a discriminatory purpose
- An employer terminates an employee in breach of an official employment contract
- An employer terminates an employee for taking a protected legal action, such as filing for workers’ compensation benefits or reporting unlawful activity conducted by the employer
In terms of discrimination, employees cannot be discriminated against by their employer on the basis of age, race, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, disability and a variety of other protected categories. If an employee is terminated for one of these reasons, it is against the law, and the employee can sue for wrongful termination.
Additionally, if an employee has an employment contract with his or her employer, it is likely that the employer must find just cause to terminate the employee. If an employee is terminated in violation of his or her employment contract (without just cause), it is against the law, and the employee can sue for breach of contract.
What Can I Recover In A Wrongful Termination Action?
If successful, a wrongfully terminated employee can generally recover lost wages and benefits including interest, damages for emotional distress or pain and suffering arising from your wrongful termination and, in some cases, attorney’s fees and punitive damages.