I Help Employees Understand And Protect Their Rights
In California, most employers designate their employees as “at-will”, which means they can terminate or demote their employees whether there is cause to do so or not. The exception is when there is some unlawful motivation or retaliatory reason for the termination.
If an employee is fired or demoted due to unlawful discrimination or in retaliation against uncovering the employer’s illegal activities or the existence of unsafe work conditions, the employee may have a case for wrongful termination.
My name is Matthew A. Kaufman and I am a Los Angeles wrongful termination attorney. Over the years, I have represented workers in state and federal court, as well as in administrative proceedings before the California Labor Commissioner. A determined and aggressive attorney, my cases include individual disputes and class action lawsuits. My Los Angeles law firm serves clients throughout Southern California.
Discrimination: It is illegal for employers to terminate workers based on race, nationality, religion, sex, age, or in some jurisdictions, sexual orientation. Unfortunately, it happens on a regular basis throughout Southern California.
Retaliation: An employer cannot fire an worker due to a filed a claim of discrimination or participation in an investigation for discrimination. In the United States, this “retaliation” is forbidden under civil rights law. It is also a form of intimidation found in far too many workplaces.
Employee’s Refusal to Commit an Illegal Act: An employer is not permitted to fire a worker because the employee refuses to commit an act that is illegal. Unfortunately, far too many employees never take action due to fear of losing their jobs. Consulting with a Los Angeles wrongful termination attorney is the first important step towards fighting back and recovering any lost wages or compensation.
Employer Not Following Own Termination Procedures: Often, the employee handbook or company policy outlines a procedure that must be followed before an employee is terminated. If the employer fires an employee without following this procedure, the employee may have a claim. It is important for every worker to review their employee handbook before seeking a wrongful termination claim in Los Angeles.
Wrongful Termination Remedies: The wrongful termination remedies that are available to an employee who successfully concludes an unlawful lawsuit in their favor against a former employer are injunctive relief and monetary damages.
The loss of a job can be devastating. Many people rely on their occupations to live a good quality of life. Some are living from paycheck to paycheck. If you have lost a job due to unethical or illegal business practices, it is important to consult with an experienced Los Angeles wrongful termination attorney with a track record of protecting the rights of each client and always looking after their best interests. If you need experienced representation by a wrongful termination attorney in Los Angeles who knows the California labor laws, please contact The Kaufman Law Firm and schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.