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Wrongful Termination Legal Help in Sacramento

Even if an employee is under an “at will” employment contract, wrongful termination can still occur. Our lawyers at Mastagni Holstedt, A Professional Corporation have decades of experience protecting clients’ rights and seeking fair compensation in their wrongful termination cases.

How does California view employment?

Under California employment law, most workers have “at will” clauses in their employment contracts. “At will” employment means that the employer can terminate or demote an employee at any time — without having to prove just cause — as long as the reason is legal. Likewise, an employee can leave a job or resign at any time without having to show just cause.

Examples of illegal reasons that point to wrongful termination

Several situations arise where employees may have grounds for wrongful termination. California law limits termination when it is determined by whether a public policy violation occurred. Examples of public policy violations are when employers force employees to commit crimes or engage in illegal activity or actions that are harmful to the public. Employees who refuse to do so, and consequently are fired or demoted, are considered wrongfully terminated and employers are subject to litigation. Also, if the employer fires or demotes employees because they disclose such harmful, criminal or illegal influences, it is wrongful termination.

Other ways in which wrongful termination can occur is when demotion or firing results from workplace discrimination. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, along with other federal and state laws, prevents employers from discriminating against employees based on the following:

  • Race
  • Color
  • National origin
  • Sex
  • Religion
  • Age
  • Disability
  • Pregnancy
  • Military service
  • Sexual orientation

Despite the fact that employers initially have employees sign “at will” employment contracts, sometimes company handbooks or other policies contain statements that imply a different employment arrangement. This arrangement can suggest that the employer must follow certain procedures or show good cause for termination based on the company’s policies. In these types of situations, the employee may also have grounds to pursue a wrongful termination case.

Our attorneys of Mastagni Holstedt, A Professional Corporation have an in-depth understanding of employment and labor law and how it applies to termination.

Rely on a seasoned employment law firm

Consult with our law firm about your wrongful termination claim and find out how we can help. Contact us online or call 1-877-212-6907 for a free consultation.