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“Wrongful termination” refers to the illegal firing of an employee. While this may seem like a straightforward concept, the employment laws in the United States can make it difficult to prove. Most employment throughout the U.S. is on an “at-will” basis. This means the employee can quit at any time for any reason (or no reason at all). At-will employment also means that an employer can fire an employee for any legal reason (or no reason at all). A fired employee may believe that his or her firing was illegal, but the determining factor is whether the employer-based its decision to fire the employee on illegal grounds.
Why Choose Rafii & Associates, P.C.?
The wrongful termination lawyers at Rafii & Associates, P.C. have the experience, knowledge, and skill to navigate your claim with ease. Employment law is complex, so it’s vital to find an attorney with extensive experience in employment law cases.
The attorneys at Rafii & Associates, P.C. have more than 100 years combined experience handling personal injury lawsuits and employment law cases for our clients throughout California. Our past clients have secured more than $100 million for their damages. This track record of success and experience with complex employment litigation allows us to provide an unparalleled level of representation in these complicated cases.
Why Do I Need An Attorney?
You may be able to navigate the U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) claims process on your own, and you will need to file a Charge with the EEOC before proceeding with your lawsuit. The EEOC claims process must notify employers charged in this manner. You could also file a claim through a Fair Employment Practice Agency (FEPA), and these agencies typically “double-file” received complaints with the EEOC.
California Wrongful Termination Laws
Like most of the country, California operates under an at-will basis for employment. However, an employee who loses his or her job for discriminatory reasons or for taking a protected action may have a valid wrongful termination claim. Additionally, if the termination violated an employment contract, the fired employee may have grounds for legal action for breach of contract.
If your employer fired you in violation of an employment contract, it’s important to know what constitutes an employment contract. This could be an oral or written agreement, or the employer may imply a contract in several ways. For example, if the employer states upon your hiring that a firing may only happen under specific circumstances and fires you outside of this scope, you would have a strong claim for wrongful termination.
Handling Your Wrongful Termination Claim
If you believe you have a wrongful termination claim in California, the attorneys at Rafii & Associates, P.C. want to hear your story. Call to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys. We can help you determine whether an illegal firing occurred and give you an estimate of the damages you could receive in a successful lawsuit.