Attorneys Who Protect Employees
Wrongful termination is one of the most common issues that brings clients to our doors at Velez Law Firm. Not all employment in California is at-will. Termination of employees is illegal when it happens against federal or state employment laws and regulations, such as the bans on unlawful discrimination and retaliation.
If your wrongful termination has led you to look for a lawyer, we are interested in learning about the chain of events that led to this outcome. Our dedicated wrongful termination attorneys in Sacramento are ready to investigate and explore your questions.
What Is Considered Wrongful Termination?
Wrongful termination occurs when an employer violates a fundamental public policy based on a constitutional or statutory provision.
If your employer has engaged in any of the following conduct, that employer may have committed wrongful discharge:
- Employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, disability or medical condition, or military or veteran status
- Harassment and/or retaliation after an employee reported discrimination
- Retaliation against an employee for disclosing an employer’s violation of state or federal regulations to law enforcement or a governmental agency (whistleblowing)
- Discrimination or discharge of an employee for complaining about unsafe work conditions or practices
- Terminating an employee for requesting safe working conditions
- Terminating an employee for mentioning, complaining about, or reporting violations of safety regulations according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
It is also illegal to discharge an employee for:
- Disclosing working conditions or wages
- Exercising their right to earn overtime wages
- Complaining about wage and hour violations
- Refusing to engage in unlawful conduct
- Making a valid workers’ compensation claim
Was I Fired Illegally? How Can I Prove It?
At Velez Law Firm, our 60 years of combined legal experience has given us insights that allow us to evaluate such a question on an individual basis with precision and efficiency.
Your lawyer can advise you on how to gather evidence that may demonstrate that your employer acted illegally by firing you in violation of the provisions of the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the California Family Rights Act, the California Labor Code, the Constitution of the state of California, or similar laws.
When we evaluate the facts, we may discover that you were fired for one of these or other illegal reasons:
- Discrimination on the basis of race, religion, age, or another disallowed reason for dismissing an employee
- Retaliation after you reported discrimination to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH)
- Retaliation after you took a legally allowable family or medical leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act
This is a perceptive, important question for any discharged employee to ask before initiating legal action. The time, money, and aggravation it takes to bring a wrongful termination claim against an employer will likely be worth it if you have a strong case.
Your lawyer can advise you as to whether your claim is likely to result in enough compensation to justify legal action. You may recover one or more types of damages, including:
- Economic damages (recovery of lost wages and other financial benefits you missed out on)
- Emotional damages (inconvenience, loss of enjoyment of life and mental anguish)
- Punitive damages (punishment to dissuade the employer from continuing with wrongful termination through illegal discrimination and retaliation)
- Age / Gender Discrimination $5.2m Verdicts And Settlements
- Medical Professional Disability Discrimination $1.8m Employment Discrimination
- Retaliation For Use Of FMLA / CFRA Leave $1.5m Verdicts And Settlements
- Age Discrimination $1.1m Employment Discrimination
- Sexual Harassment Verdict / Judgment $1.1m Employment Harassment
- African American Race Harassment $250k Verdicts And Settlements
With nearly 60 combined years of litigation experience, we have experience that cannot be duplicated. Our track record and client stories speak for themselves in showing the work we’ve done for our clients.
When it comes to protecting workers, we don’t pull punches. We’re used to taking the fight to larger opponents and are committed to empowering our clients to make choices, not concessions.
While our attorneys are top-tier, we remain focused on our clients. We work directly with our clients and focus our approach on their stories and experiences. Our attention to detail and care continues to set us apart.
Reach us by phone at (916) 507-2223 or send an email inquiry to get the conversation started.