Many employees don’t realize that they have an extra layer of legal
protection in the workplace. These additional rights ensure that employees
are treated fairly and not getting taken advantage of. Thus, their legal
rights must be honored at all costs, and any violation of these rights
requires our experienced legal representation.
At Williams And Seemen, our employment lawyers champion your best interests
every step of the way. We understand how frustrating it can be to feel
mistreated at work, especially from the people who are supposed to help
you rather than hurt you. As such, we are ready to advocate for your rights
and work to ensure you don’t experience a violation of your employment
rights in the future.
Schedule your free consultation by calling (818) 536-7776 so we can help you overcome your situation.
Can You be Fired for no Reason in California?
You can be fired for no reason in California because California is an at-will
state, which implies that at any moment of jobs with or without reason
an employer can terminate you for any reason. This means that if your
employer doesn’t like your personality if you run out of work, think
you’re lazy or just don’t want staff anymore, they can fire
you at any moment. Most employee handbooks contain a disclaimer of at-will
employment. Most handbooks describe at-will and require an employee to
sign an acknowledgment of the company’s at-will status. However,
for purposes that are illegal under state and federal law, an at-will
employee has a right not to be terminated. Even though you can be fired
for no reason at any time, you still can not be fired for illegal reasons.
Federal Employment Law Overview
US Department of Labor (DOL) handles mandates and regulations that cover workplace activities
for entities like businesses, job seekers, workers, retirees, grantees
and contractors. Major employment laws include, but are not limited to:
- Wages and hours
- Workplace safety and health
- Workers’ compensation
- Unions and their members
- Garnishment of wages
Equal Employment Opportunity laws are among the most widely known employment laws. They prohibit job discrimination
in certain workplaces and must be treated very seriously. As a result,
employers have various responsibilities for their employees, such as ensuring
no discriminatory actions and behaviors are occurring in the workplace.
If an employer has failed to perform this critical duty, you can turn
to our proven lawyers to fight for justice on your behalf.
Our employment attorneys are well-versed in defending clients who experience
the following employment law violations:
- Age, disability, equal pay/compensation, genetic information, harassment,
national origin, pregnancy, race/color, religion, retaliation, sex and
- Wrongful termination
- Whistleblower laws
Workplace discrimination comes in various forms, all of which are unethical
and illegal. As mentioned above, examples of workplace discrimination
include sex, age, race and religion, and can come from your co-workers,
supervisors or even clients and customers.
The following includes definitions and examples for some types of discrimination
you may experience in the workplace:
Age discrimination is harassing a person because of their age. Legal protection for such
employees only applies to those who are 40 and older. An example includes
making offensive or derogatory remarks so often that it results in a hostile
work environment or an unfavorable decision such as firing or demoting
Disability discrimination is when an employer covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act or
the Rehabilitation Act treats a qualified disabled employee negatively
because of their disability, history of a disability, or they believe
that an employee has a mental or physical impairment that’s not
transitory or minor. An example includes failing to accommodate an employee’s
disability, such as not installing wheelchair ramps in and around an office.
Harassment is unwanted conduct that is based on race, color, religion, sex (including
pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic
information. The conduct must be serious enough that it creates an offensive
or hostile work environment. Examples include physical and verbal assaults
or threats, offensive jokes and slurs, intimidation and interference with
Race/color discrimination is treating a person poorly because of their race or characteristics associated
with their race, or if they’re married to someone of a certain race.
An example includes making offensive remarks about a person’s color
to the extent that they feel unsafe coming to work.
Religious discrimination is treating a person poorly or differently because of their religious
beliefs. An example includes moving an employee to a position that has
little to no interaction with clients and customers because they wear
a turban or hijab as part of their religious practice.
Sex-based discrimination is harassing someone based on their sex or gender identity. Examples can include
sexual harassment or unwelcome sexual advances as well as frequent offensive comments about
a person’s LGBTQ+ identity.
Don’t suffer at the hands of the people who should protect you. Call
(818) 536-7776 now!
If you believe you were wrongfully terminated due to discrimination outlined
under the Equal Employment Opportunity law or for whistleblower activities,
among other reasons,
let us know. You should not have to suffer the loss of your job for something that
isn’t your fault or out of your control.
However, if you are an at-will employee, you can be fired from your job
at any point and for any reason. Thus, you must be mindful of your contractual
relationship with your employer before taking legal action against them.
Whistleblower Protection Act
According to the
Office of Inspector General, “The Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989 prohibits reprisal. It
is unlawful for agencies to take or threaten to take a personnel action
against an employee because he or she disclosed wrongdoing.” This
means that you cannot receive a poor performance review, demotion, suspension,
termination or other forms of retaliation for reporting allegations against
the unethical and/or unlawful actions occurring within your organization.
Let Us Protect Your Rights
When you retain Williams And Seemen to represent you, we will take the
time to listen to and closely examine your needs and explain your legal
options in detail. From there, we can devise an effective legal strategy
that pursues damages and remedies while tirelessly litigating for the
best possible outcome on your behalf.
Our team takes your concerns seriously and genuinely care about your success.
Please schedule your free case review
online or by calling (818) 536-7776 as soon as possible. We’re ready to fight.