Every worker deserves to be treated fairly by their employer. It should be the last thing any employee should have to worry about. Unfortunately, there are far too many companies, corporations, and private businesses that take advantage of their employees. Many are forced to deal with discrimination or sexual harassment in the workplace. If they speak out, they may be forced to accept a demotion or a wrongful termination. Fortunately, there are laws on the books that are designed to protect workers from illegal and unethical business practices. My name is Matthew A. Kaufman and I am a Westlake Village wrongful termination attorney. For more than two decades the legal team at The Kaufman Law Firm has successfully represented countless men and women and helped them recover the compensation they deserved.
Sooner or later, most people will eventually lose their job. Because California is an “at will” employment state, most employees can be terminated at any time for any or no reason. However, there are laws that make it illegal for employers to terminate workers due to the following:
In addition to wrongful termination, the Westlake Village employment attorneys at The Kaufman Law Firm also represent clients who have unpaid or denied overtime, unpaid commissions, or wage and hour disputes with their employers. It is part of our complete commitment to protecting the rights of workers in Ventura County and throughout Southern California.
The loss of a job can be devastating. Most people in Ventura County rely on their jobs to make a comfortable living to support themselves and their families. But when an employee is terminated due to illegal business practices, they are entitled to seek damages for their lost wages and income. The Westlake Village wrongful termination attorney at The Kaufman Law Firm utilizes an aggressive and comprehensive approach as part of our commitment to place each client in the best position to succeed. Our attorneys and legal staff can provide the following services:
It is imperative that you get started on your wrongful termination case as soon as possible. Each state is responsible for setting time limits for how long victims have to file lawsuits after they believe they have been wrongfully terminated. In California, the wrongful termination statute of limitations varies depending on the cause of the wrongful termination.
If a wrongful termination occurs in violation of public policy, victims will have two years with which to file a lawsuit against their employer. In general, employers can fire an employee for any reason and at any time unless there is a violation of public policy or a violation of laws that protect employees from discrimination and harassment.
For termination occurs as a result of discrimination or harassment, these claims can be filed under two types of law:
Both state and federal laws in this situation set out specific statutes of limitation. In most federal anti-discrimination cases, employees have 180 days from the date of their termination to file a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). This begins the process that could ultimately lead to the employee bringing a civil action in federal court.
If there is a state or local agency available for employees to turn to, such as the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) in California, the statute of limitations for wrongful termination cases is 300 days after the date of termination.
If the EEOC or DFEH does not resolve the issue, it will issue a notice of right to sue. When this notice is issued, the employee will have 90 days to file a civil action in court.
If you or somebody you love has been wrongfully terminated, there may be various types of compensation available if your case is successful in court. This includes:
The total amount of money awarded in wrongful termination cases will vary depending on the factors related to each particular claim. A skilled Westlake Village wrongful termination lawyer will use their resources to thoroughly investigate your claim and properly calculate the total amount of compensation that you should be awarded if your claim is successful.
Not all cases of wrongful termination are the same. When choosing an attorney, it is important to select a legal professional with an extensive track record of getting results. The legal team at The Kaufman Law Firm understands the challenges and obstacles facing those who have lost their job due to wrongful termination. From the time a potential client visits our Westlake Village law office for their initial consultation, my legal staff and I will address all of your questions and concerns about employment law. If you have been wrongfully terminated from your job, take the first step towards fighting back and recovering the compensation you deserve. Contact the law offices of The Kaufman Law Firm and schedule a consultation to discuss your case.
Your job is more than just a source of income. It is a major part of your lifestyle. If you have been the victim of wrongful termination, wrongful demotion or any kind of discriminatory business practices, it is time to take action and contact a Ventura employment law attorney that can help. Attorney Matthew A. Kaufman and the team at The Kaufman Law Firm bring experience and a vast arsenal of legal resources to help clients recover the money they deserve.
To learn more, contact our Westlake Village or Los Angeles law office today and schedule an initial consultation to discuss your case.