Sacramento Wrongful Termination Attorney
Wrongful Termination or Demotion Can Cost You Your Future
A wrongful termination or demotion at work can happen to anyone regardless
of the number of years you have devoted to your employer or your seniority
within your employer’s organization. These adverse employment actions
typically occur without any warning and can leave you in dire financial
straits. Feelings of anger, betrayal, and confusion are all common and
understandable emotional responses to such devastating news. You may be
wondering how you will meet your expenses going forward or how your future
employment prospects may be affected.
It is important to remember that you have legal rights, even in an "at-will"
employment situation. You may be entitled to bring a wrongful termination
or wrongful demotion lawsuit against your employer.
Contact my office to learn what rights you have and how they may be asserted.
How “At-Will” Employment Affects Your Legal Rights
California is an “at-will” employment state. This means that,
unless you have a written agreement with your employer indicating otherwise,
you are free to resign from your position at any time and for any reason.
You do not even need to give your employer any notice prior to resigning
or quitting your position.
Conversely, though, your employer is also able to terminate your employment
at any time, with or without any prior notice. Your employer is also able
to demote you to a lesser position within the organization with or without
prior notice. This does not mean, however, that your employer can take
these harmful employment actions for any reason.
A termination or demotion may be considered wrongful if:
- The decision is based on a discriminatory reason such as your race, religion,
ethnicity, or other protected characteristic;
- The decision is made in retaliation for your role as a whistleblower or
for engaging in lawfully permissible activities;
- The decision is based on your desire to speak with a union or being involved
in a union;
- The decision is based on your unwillingness or refusal to commit an illegal act;
- The decision is contrary to the provisions of any employment contract you
and your employer signed.
There may be other situations or circumstances that make your termination
or demotion wrongful. Your Sacramento employment law attorney will be
able to determine the strength of your case and how best to assert your rights.
What Remedies Are Available in a Lawsuit in California?
If you prevail in your wrongful termination or wrongful demotion lawsuit,
California laws permit you to recover financial compensation and damages.
The purpose of these damages is to compensate you for the earnings and
benefits you lost as a result of the termination or demotion as well as
for any mental suffering or emotional distress you experienced as a result
of the situation.
Seek Legal Counsel from an Industry Leader
Do not squander your opportunity to assert your legal rights and potentially
obtain compensation: if you believe you have been wrongfully terminated
or demoted by your employer, contact my California law offices today.
If you have a case, I will partner with you to develop a strategy designed
to give you the best opportunity to obtain compensation for your losses.
Contact the Law Offices of Gay Carroll-Haring by calling 916-443-3553 to
schedule an initial consultation.