Walnut Creek Retaliation & Wrongful Termination Lawyer
California is considered an at-will employment state, meaning that an employer or employee can terminate their working relationship for almost any reason. However, there are some reasons for employment termination that are forbidden by state and federal law. If an employer fires a worker for one of these prohibited reasons, the employee may have a claim for retaliation and wrongful termination. Our Walnut Creek retaliation & wrongful termination lawyers at Venardi Zurada, LLP are prepared to zealously advocate for your interests in an employment law case. To learn more, call or contact our office today.
What is Retaliation?
Workplace retaliation occurs whenever an employer takes an adverse employment action against a worker for exercising their rights as an employee. Retaliation can take many forms, from outright wrongful termination to other adverse actions, such as demotion, refusal of promotions or raises, poor performance reviews, disciplinary action, reassignment to a new location, scheduling poor work hours, refusal to train, refusal of mentoring opportunities, and more.
Causes for Wrongful Termination
There are many causes for wrongful termination under California and federal laws. Some of the most common causes of retaliatory wrongful termination claims include the following:
- Discrimination based on a protected characteristic or class,
- Taking allowed family and medical leave,
- Jury service,
- Filing a workers’ compensation claim,
- Making a complaint to human resources or an outside entity about sexual harassment, discrimination, or other inappropriate conduct happening to themselves or others,
- Requesting a reasonable accommodation for a disability,
- Becoming pregnant,
- Complaining about wage or hour violations,
- Participating as a witness in an investigation or lawsuit against the employer for claims of harassment, discrimination, or other illegal conduct,
- Whistleblower activity, and
- Exercising their right to free speech in connection with political activity.
How a Wrongful Termination Lawyer Can Help
Hiring a retaliation and wrongful termination lawyer is the best chance of protecting your interests and enforcing your rights as an employee. An attorney can walk you through the legal process so that you know what to expect at every step of the case and answer any questions you may have about the law. A lawyer can perform their own investigation into the retaliatory behavior, including gathering evidence and witness testimony about the employer’s actions against their employee.
If wrongful termination did occur, a lawyer can also help you get the compensation you deserve from your employer. Damages from a retaliation and wrongful termination claim can include back pay with interest, front pay, reinstatement, promotion, income increases, and compensation for your emotional distress and pain and suffering. To learn more about what your case might be worth, talk to our office today.
Call or Contact Our Office Today
Have you faced retaliation in the workplace for exercising your rights or been wrongfully terminated by your employer? If so, the knowledgeable and experienced Walnut Creek retaliation and wrongful termination lawyers at Venardi Zurada, LLP are here to help. Call the office or contact us today to schedule a consultation of your case and learn more about your legal options.