California Workplace Retaliation Lawyers
Loss of a job feels like a divorce for many people, especially when they have been with a company for a long time. It's not unusual for people to feel the reason for the termination was unfair. If the reason was also illegal, you may have a legal case against your employer.
I'm San Francisco employment law attorney Stephen M. Murphy. I represent people who have been fired illegally from or experienced retaliation by their employer. I offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case and explain your options.
When Is Termination Illegal?
California is an employment at-will state. This means that unless you have an employment contract, your employer can fire you for any reason or for no reason. However, your employer cannot fire you for an illegal reason. In California, this is known as wrongful termination in violation of public policy.
Examples of illegal reasons include:
- For reporting sexual harassment by a supervisor or coworker
- For complaining of discrimination or harassment or failure to pay overtime
- For refusing to do an action that is illegal (or which you believe is illegal)
What Is Retaliation?
Retaliation is any adverse action your employer may take against you including termination. Examples of retaliation include:
- Taking away your job duties
- Decreasing your pay or benefits
- Transferring you to a less desirable location or shift
Whenever an employer retaliates against you for exercising your rights in the workplace, you may have a legal claim against your employer.
Compensation for victims of wrongful termination: Our attorneys obtained a $2,000,000 verdict for casino dealer who was sexually harassed and fired when she complained.
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For more information about wrongful termination or to consult San Francisco wrongful termination lawyer Stephen M.Murphy, call 415-986-1338 or fill out the contact form on this website.