San Diego Retaliatory Termination Lawyer
There are many reasons why you might lose your job. Some of those reasons may be unfair. In some situations, the reason for terminating an employee could be illegal.
Terminated employees might have a claim under California employment laws for wrongful termination if the reasons for termination were illegal. Our San Diego retaliatory termination lawyers at Ferraro Vega Employment Lawyers, Inc. represent individuals in wrongful termination claims. We fight to get you justice for illegal termination of employment.
Contact our San Diego, CA at (619) 693-7727 law office to schedule a free consultation with one of our award-winning attorneys. Get the legal advice you need to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve for a unjust termination of employment.
How Can Our San Diego Wrongful Termination Lawyers Help If You Have Been Fired Due to Retaliatory Termination?
California laws regarding employment rights are some of the most pro-employee laws in the country. However, it does not mean that you do not need an experienced San Diego employment lawyer working on your case. Employers aggressively fight charges of retaliatory termination to avoid paying damages.
When you hire Ferraro Vega Employment Lawyers, Inc., you can expect us to:
- Investigate the circumstances that led to the termination of your employment
- Analyze the facts and circumstances to determine if your employer violated your legal rights and employment law
- Advise you of your rights and your options for seeking damages
- File notices of claims to protect your right to pursue a claim
- Monitor deadlines to file lawsuits in state and federal court
- Identify all causes of action that are available to you to get your job back or obtain compensation
We understand that losing your job can be a traumatic experience. You and your family depend on your income. We are here to help you right the wrong when your employer illegally terminates you as retaliation for exercising your legal rights.
Call now or reach out to our law office online to discuss your case with an experienced wrongful termination lawyer in San Diego, California.
What is Workplace Retaliation?
It is illegal for an employer to retaliate against an employee for the employee exercising their legal rights. Even though employer retaliation is illegal, it is common in California. The EEOC states that retaliation is the most common form of discrimination complaints in the federal sector.
Employer retaliation can take many forms.
Examples of employer retaliation include:
- Reductions in pay
- Reassignment to less desirable work duties or location
- Creating unbearable working conditions
- Denial of promotions
- Excluding employees from training or meetings
- Denying access to human resources
- Reductions in employee benefits or perks
One of the worst forms of employer retaliation is retaliatory termination of employment. An employer may try to conceal the real reason for firing the employee to avoid retaliatory termination claims. However, our legal team diligently and aggressively searches for evidence to prove the employer illegally terminated the employee.
Reasons for Retaliatory Termination in San Diego
An employer may become angry and fire an employee for many reasons.
Some of the common reasons for retaliatory termination include:
- Filing or participating in a whistleblower complaint
- Taking time off because of a pregnancy, medical leave, or other approved reason under the Federal Family Medical Leave Act or the California Family Rights Act
- Pursuing a wage and hour claim for unpaid overtime or wages
- Filing or assisting with a qui tam lawsuit
- Complaining of harassment or discrimination based on sexual orientation, age, gender, sex, religion, race, or other protected class
- Filing a sexual harassment claim
- Refusing to commit a crime, cover up a crime, or participate in discriminatory acts
- Filing a workers’ compensation or personal injury claim
- Complaining of unsafe workplace conditions
Several laws protect employees from retaliatory termination of employment. The process of filing a claim and pursuing damages depends on the facts and circumstances of the case. In addition to employment and discrimination laws, a breach of contract claim may also apply if the employer fired you in violation of your employment contract.
There could be one or more laws that apply in your case. Therefore, you might have more than one option for seeking damages. Our lawyers carefully analyze your case to determine the applicable law and the best process to follow to protect your best interests.
What Damages Can You Recover for Retaliatory Termination?
Damages for retaliatory termination depend on the facts of your case and the circumstances of your termination. However, you might be entitled to compensation for lost wages and benefits. Additionally, you could receive compensation for your emotional distress and mental anguish.
Punitive damages are rare in these cases, but our lawyers analyze each case to determine if punitive damages are warranted. If you desire, you could be reinstated to your job. However, this option is only available if reinstatement will not create a hostile work environment and your job is still available.
Schedule a Free Consultation With Our San Diego Retaliatory Termination Lawyers
You could be entitled to compensation for damages caused by wrongful termination. Call now to discuss your case with a San Diego retaliatory termination attorney. Your initial consultation is free of charge.