Have you ever felt like you need to become an employment law expert to determine if you are receiving fair treatment at work? We understand this mindset because we have seen so many blatant wage and hour violations in the state of California. To make matters worse, there is a large volume of laws governing the proper treatment of employees.
Many workers in California receive job-protected leave under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act and the California Family Rights Act. These measures allow eligible employees to take time away from work for specific reasons (birth or adoption of a child, serious medical conditions) without having to risk losing their job.
California has passed numerous laws in the last couple of years to decrease the amount of discrimination in the workplace. While many of these new regulations focus on sexual harassment prevention thanks to the #MeToo movement, there were not a lot that focus on an issue that has plagued multiple industries for a long time, age discrimination.
The #MeToo movement brought attention to many discriminatory issues that employers are guilty of in the United States. While the movement primarily focused on sexual harassment and violation victims, people started to take notice of many other flaws in the system that have harmed various workers for years.
Here in California, we would like to believe that people succeed or not succeed based only on their own merits. Unfair and illegal discrimination should have no place. Unfortunately, this is far from the reality faced by many workers. As recent and not-so-recent headlines have shown, unfair discrimination happens all the time. One would think that large corporations should be immune from this because they can afford to monitor employee conduct. But as we recently discussed, there have been allegations that a high-profile California auto manufacturer has not been doing this.
Wrongful termination happens whenever an employee is discharged for a reason contrary to law. Although in many cases employers have broad discretion to terminate the employment of their employees, there are cases where the termination is wrongful and the employee may be entitled to remedies under the law of California. This blog post will provide a quick summary of the circumstances under which a former employee can bring a case of wrongful termination under California law.