Wrongful Termination Lawyers in Burbank
Protecting Your Rights & Fighting for Your Interests
In California, there are laws governing when an employer can—and cannot—fire an employee. We fight for individuals who have been wrongfully terminated from their jobs for illegal reasons.
California Wrongful Termination FAQ
I think it was unfair that I was fired, but how do I know if my employer terminated me wrongfully?
Much like retaliation, it is unlawful for your employer to terminate you due to a variety of “protected” categories or actions. Such “protected” categories include if you were terminated because of your sex, sexual orientation, race, pregnancy, religion, national origin, for having taken a medical leave, as well as for complaining about or opposing prohibited discrimination, harassment, or other unlawful conduct. Since there are so many different kinds of protections for employees under the law, you should contact an attorney to discuss your specific situation.
My employer terminated me because I opposed its discriminatory policies. Do I have any rights?
Yes, it is against public policy for your employer to terminate you for opposing or complaining about a discriminatory policy or practice.
I asked my employer to provide me an accommodation due to my pregnancy and they told me that they could not do it. One week later I was fired; do I have any rights?
Yes, if you are pregnant and your employer fired you because of your pregnancy or because you asked for a “reasonable accommodation” due to your pregnancy, then it may have violated California’s public policies and terminated you wrongfully.
What if I am an independent contractor; can I sue for wrongful termination?
Unless you have been misclassified as an independent contractor, as a true independent contractor you cannot bring a wrongful termination claim since you do not have an employer-employee relationship.
Can I sue my supervisor for wrongfully terminating me?
No, under California law, a wrongful termination lawsuit may only be maintained against your employer and not individual supervisors or co-workers. However, it may be possible that you have other claims against your supervisor, such as for harassment.
My employer claims they terminated me because of my performance, but I believe I was terminated because I rejected my boss’ sexual advances. What do I do?
Oftentimes, employers give what they claim are “legitimate” excuses for firing employees, but when the employer’s explanation is really just an untrue excuse or “pretext” and you were terminated for your “protected activities”, such as rejecting sexual advances or sexual harassment, you may have rights.