Losing your job is stressful in the clear majority of circumstances, but when you have been wrongfully terminated, the unfairness of the situation can seem unbearable. There are countless forms of wrongful termination but, in short, the term covers any instance where an employer terminates an employee’s employment for any reason which is in breach of their legal rights. Although you may know that you have been unfairly dismissed, you must be able to provide evidence of at least one employment law being flouted before you can successfully bring a wrongful termination lawsuit.
Under California law, there are three broad categories of wrongful termination, namely, violation of statute, violation of public policy, and breach of contract. With the expert assistance of a skilled San Bernardino wrongful termination attorney from JML Law, you can identify which of these applies to your case, how it can be proven and, therefore, recover the compensation and legal recourse to which you are due.
Ask Your San Bernardino Attorney: What Types of Wrongful Termination Exist?
There are numerous ways of terminating employment, and reasons for doing so, and many of them can be classified as wrongful termination under California law. Our San Bernardino wrongful termination lawyers would urge you to contact us if you suspect that you have been wrongfully dismissed under any circumstances but, to give you some idea of what may qualify you to file a lawsuit, some of the scenarios we most frequently encounter include:
- Age, where the employee in question is at least 40 years of age
- Religion, including religious dress and related grooming practices
- Physical or mental disability
- Marital status
- Medical conditions of any description
- National origin, including language barriers
- Sex, including childbirth, pregnancy, breastfeeding and related medical conditions
- Gender, gender identity, or gender expression
- Sexual orientation
- Violation of employment contracts
- Violation of employment laws
- Dismissal in whistleblower cases
- Fraud or misrepresentation
- Termination to avoid paying commissions, bonuses, or other due amounts
- Retaliation because of an employee reporting any of the above offenses
How Often Does Wrongful Termination Really Happen?
Wrongful termination happens more than you may thing, with the 2017 EEOC Enforcement and Litigation Data demonstrating that there were almost 155,000 cases in the previous year alone. Retaliation, according to these statistics, is by far the most common type of wrongful termination, with the breakdown looking like this:
- Retaliation – 41,097, or 48.8%
- Race – 28,528, or 33.9%
- Disability – 26,838, or 31.9%
- Sex – 25,605, or 30.4%
- Age – 18,376, or 21.8%
- National origin – 8,299, or 9.8%
- Religion – 3,436, or 4.1%
- Color – 3,240, or 3.8%
- Equal Pay Act – 996, or 1.2%
- Genetic information – 206, or 0.2%
Schedule Your Free Initial Consultation with a San Bernardino Wrongful Termination Attorney Today
Wrongful termination, no matter how frequently it may occur, should never simply be accepted. If you know that your dismissal was unlawful, a San Bernardino wrongful termination attorney from JML Law could aggressively pursue justice on your behalf.
To learn more about how we could help with your individual case, schedule your free initial consultation by calling us today on 818-610-8800.
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