The employment law offices of Allred, Maroko & Goldberg receive numerous calls each day from individuals who have lost their jobs and believe that they have been fired unfairly. The immediate and natural reaction to file a complaint must be tempered with the fact that California is an "at-will" employment state.
Protecting the Rights of California Employees, One Client at a Time
Allred, Maroko & Goldberg helps employees in California, New York, and across the nation recover compensation, benefits, and professional standing. If you believe your firing was unfair, it may be illegal.
What Does 'Employment-At-Will' Mean?
Employment-at-will means an employee can be terminated at any time, and for any or no reason, as long as the reason is not illegal.
Are There Exceptions to the Employment-At-Will Rule?
There are several specific exceptions to the "employment-at-will" rules, including:
- Termination for a discriminatory reason (gender, age, ethnicity, etc.) that is protected by law
- Termination in retaliation for complaining of discrimination or harassment
- Termination for whistleblowing about workplace health, safety or other violation(s) of law
- Termination in violation of an existing or implied employment contract
We have represented hundreds of employees who have been wrongfully terminated for things such as protesting against their boss' sexual harassment, complaining about wage and hour violations, and questioning their company's engagement in unlawful business practices.
If you are in an at-will state, such as California, you must have a viable legal theory that establishes a protected legal right. The law in this area is complicated. However, our firm can help you determine whether the circumstances of your termination fall within an exception to the at-will employment rule. If they do, we can assist you with resolving your potential wrongful termination claim.
What Options Do Wrongfully Terminated Employees Have?
Employees who are victims of wrongful termination have several options. One is to file a complaint with the appropriate government agency such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and your state's equivalent government agency. Based on careful investigation and application of state law, the employee may also have recourse in a wrongful termination lawsuit.
An attorney from Allred, Maroko & Goldberg can evaluate your situation and make recommendations based on more than our expertise in negotiating and litigating these specific types of cases. When evaluating a case, our attorneys consider things such as:
- Number of years employed with the company
- Performance based on positive evaluations, promotions, salary raises and bonuses
- Existing company policies, written or oral, describing disciplinary and termination procedures
- Other relevant criteria
You will receive an honest assessment of your situation and legal options. Once a determination is made, our lawyers will assist you in taking the next steps toward protecting your rights.
Contact Us About Wrongful Termination
Speak to an employment lawyer about your rights and options relating to your termination. Our staff is available today at 323-302-4774 in Los Angeles or 212-202-2966 in New York to screen your case and make an appointment with the appropriate attorney.