Losing a job is considered one of the most stressful situations a person can experience. After all, without consistent employment, your financial situation and quality of life may suddenly be in jeopardy. Unfortunately, most employment in California is at-will, meaning that an employer has the right to fire an employee at any time for any reason, so long as the termination is not in violation of state or federal laws. However, this doesn’t mean that you aren’t allowed to question your dismissal, particularly if you’re convinced that your termination was unlawful.
It’s important to understand what constitutes “wrongful termination” before you file a claim. Your employer may, in fact, have violated the law if you’ve been fired for illegal reasons. It’s imperative that you contact an attorney immediately if you believe that you have been wrongfully terminated.
You may have grounds for a wrongful termination case if you were fired for any of the following reasons:
- Harassment: sexual or otherwise
- Discrimination: based on gender, race, disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, age, pregnancy, etc.
- Retaliation: against whistleblowers, employees who file workers’ compensation claims, etc.
At the Akopyan Law Firm, we can help you review the circumstances surrounding your dismissal and compile evidence that can be presented to the Court as proof of your claim. If found guilty, your employer could face statutory penalties and may be ordered to pay damages that account for the culmination of your financial losses, amongst other things.
But how can you prepare for a wrongful termination lawsuit that successfully holds your employer accountable for their actions? To help employees who have been wrongfully dismissed, our firm has compiled a list of 7 steps you should follow if you plan to take legal action.
The 7 Steps:
- Remain calm and don’t give your employer any ammunition they can use against you
- Inquire about your termination and try to discover who decided to fire you
- Request to review your employee file
- Research your employment contract or offer letter
- Document every encounter and situation that led up to your termination
- Keep records of emails, files, text messages, or voicemails that may be relevant to your case—this can include any written promises made by your employer
- Contact a wrongful termination lawyer to discuss your legal options
Contact a Wrongful Termination Attorney Today
At the Akopyan Law Firm, we have effectively represented countless employees who have been wrongfully terminated for reasons of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. If you believe you have been unlawfully dismissed, schedule a consultation with our wrongful termination lawyers who are based in the Burbank and Glendale area. We can evaluate your case and help you thoroughly explore your legal options.
Call the Akopyan Law Firm at (818) 509-9975 to schedule a free case evaluation.