I Was Fired and It Was Wrong!

I Was Fired and It Was Wrong!

Losing a job is debilitating and deflating. You thought you would build a career with this company that would lead into a life plan. But now your future has become more uncertain and unclear than ever before. To make things worse, you believe you were fired under false pretenses by illegal means. At Johnson Attorneys Group, we are experienced wrongful termination lawyers and will help you navigate these laws to get you back on your feet.

Do Not Allow Depression to Take Control

It is easy to become depressed and reclusive after losing your employment. Many of us find identity in the work we do and to have that taken from us can lead to a downward spiral. Look at the details of how you were terminated. Does it feel unfair? Does it feel illegal? The wrongful termination attorneys at Johnson Attorneys Group excel in wrongful termination cases and are dedicated to helping you. When you have a legitimate complaint against your employer, you are considered a ‘whistleblower’ and as such you have rights that are protected by the law. For clarity on what these protections are, continue reading and remember, we know the law and we know employees' rights. Call us today for a FREE consultation to fight back against wrongful termination.

The majority of California employees are hired “at will” and their employer is free to terminate their employment with or without just cause at any time. The boss may be having a bad day and decide that your job is no longer necessary. It doesn’t matter if you were doing a good job, he or she is free to fire you for no reason. There are of course limitations to the “at-will” rule. These limits were set by the courts, statutes, and public policy to protect employees from wrongful termination.

Depending on the size of a company, an employer may not fire a person for an unlawful reason or retaliation.

Here are some examples: Whistleblower Protection Program. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) enforces 20 whistleblower statutes. This protects employees from being retaliated against in the workplace for reporting violations of workplace health and safety and more. The employee may refuse to perform an illegal activity, violate public policies or complain about such practices. They may refuse to lie to the IRS or other government entities on behalf of their employer.

  • Reporting or protesting – Discrimination, harassment, wage and hour violations, unsafe work conditions, or a perceived illegal activity.
  • Protected leave of absence: Federal Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), California Family Rights Act (CFRA), New Parent Leave Act (NPLA) to provide baby bonding. Pregnancy, Pregnancy Disability Leave (PDL) maternity leave, adoption, sick family or serviceman’s care, medical leave, voting, jury duty, seeking a Restraining Order.
  • Protected employee activities-- Voting, jury duty, union membership or meetings, filing a lawsuit, etc.
  • Workers Compensation claims

Examples of employer retaliation actions may include:

  • Reducing salary or pay, benefits or compensation
  • Demotion or change of work duties
  • Disciplinary actions (write-ups, suspension, Performance Improvement Plan)
  • Employment termination

An employee cannot be terminated for any of the following unlawful reasons:

  • Race
  • Gender
  • National origin
  • Beach of employment contract
  • Disability
  • Medical condition
  • Religion
  • Age if the employee is over 40 years old
  • Refusal to engage in sexual act/relationship
  • Wage dispute
  • Rest, break, or meal time violations
  • Sexual orientation
  • Political views or affiliation
  • Time off to vote

Contact Our California Employment Law Firm

We at Johnson Attorneys Group understand that this may be a difficult time in your life and we are here to help. Our lawyers would like to discuss your potential case. We offer a free initial consultation where we can go over your employment issues. If we decide to take your case, we work on a contingency fee basis, which means that you do not pay any fees unless you win or recover compensation. Call us at 800-235-6801 for help.

Answers to Common Employment Law California Questions


My Employer Isn’t Giving Me Time with My Newborn. Can I Fight This?

Under the Family and Medical Leave Act, federal law dictates specific guidelines to allow for growing families to have time with their children and time to recover after a pregnancy. If you feel your employer is violating the FMLA, you owe it to yourself and your family to get professional legal help. We are the leading attorneys in employer law and we will fight to get you the time you need with your family.

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I Feel I’m Being Discriminated Against. How Do I Know?

The law outlines very specific characteristics that are protected from harassment. If you believe you are being harassed on the basis of race, gender, age, sexual orientation or religion, it’s time to pick up the phone and call our office for a consultation. Discrimination is a serious crime and you do not have to take it any longer. Call us today for a FREE consult to understand your rights under the law.

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I Am Disabled and My Employer Doesn’t Help Me. What Can I Do?

Every employer in California is REQUIRED to make accommodations for various disabilities in California. The American Disabilities Act outlines specific guidelines for this and if your employer is not providing you the tools you need to do your job, they are breaking the law. Let our team at Johnson Attorneys Group stand by your side and fight back against unlawful behavior in the workplace.

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