Losing a job can be hard, especially if you have a family to support. If it happens suddenly, it can be even worse because you may not have immediate options available for alternate employment. Any lost income or loss of benefits can severely impact your livelihood and emotional well-being.
Sometimes we lose our jobs because of things that are out of our control such as discrimination or violation of an agreed upon contract. If this happens to you, then you may need a wrongful termination attorney in Los Angeles. At JML Law, we will work with you to determine if you are eligible for lost wages or other compensation and damages.
You Are Protected
Workplace discrimination can lead to wrongful termination. Often, a company follows hiring practices that are acceptable by law when it comes to protected classes but then discriminate against them once they are hired. When it comes to the following, both state and federal law offer protection:
- Sexual Orientation
Fair hiring practices are one thing, but the company culture is another. People in those groups often experience discrimination from coworkers and bosses and sometimes lose their jobs because of it. If an employer terminates an employee without cause and that person is part of a group protected by law, they could face legal trouble. If you are part of a protected group and have been fired, you will suffer both financially and emotionally. Your former employer may be on the line for lost wages, benefits, legal costs, as well as emotional and punitive damages.
People often work under the terms of an agreed upon contract, whether written or verbal. If the terms of the contract are violated and an employer terminates an employee before they were supposed to, they could face legal action.
When an employer enters into a contract with someone, they are giving them a guarantee of wages and benefits that the employee depends on. By ending a contract early, they are jeopardizing the livelihood of that employee. If you have been terminated against the terms of an agreed upon contract with your employer, you may need an attorney to bring a breach of contract or wrongful termination lawsuit against them.
What To Do
If you have been fired from a company for reasons that were out of your control and you believe you shouldn’t have been let go, you may need a wrongful termination attorney in Los Angeles. You may have been discriminated against or an agreed upon contract may have been violated by your employer. Maybe your employer violated company policy when dealing with disciplinary actions. Even if you work at a company or in a state with an “at-will” relationship between employees and employers, you still have the right to be treated fairly in the workplace. The experienced attorneys at JML Law will examine your case and go over your options so that you can make an informed decision moving forward. You can contact us by clicking here or calling us at 818-610-8800.