Wrongful Termination Law Firm with Experienced Attorneys in Sacramento
Stephen Danz & Associates has dedicated wrongful termination attorneys in Sacramento serving local residents. Wrongful termination takes place when an employee is fired/dismissed/terminated for an unlawful reason such as discrimination or his or her participation in protected activity. “Protected Activity” is guarded by federal laws such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”) and California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”). Accordingly, if employees complain to their supervisors or government agency about discrimination (such as age, disability, race, gender/sex, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, sexual harassment) or reporting of illegal employer activity to the government (also called whistleblowing), taking proper leaves of absence under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act or California’s Family Rights Act, and other lawful activity, and the employer penalizes them through termination/dismissal/firing, then the employees are victims of wrongful termination.
Another form of wrongful termination is “Retaliatory Discharge.” This is a common claim in California since vigilant employees report an employer for illegal or improper activity such as overcharging the government or not following the laws. Or, employees properly file a claim for workers’ compensation. Consequently, employers terminate the employees for such conduct. Therefore, wrongful termination claims come in many forms.
Attorneys Who Obtain Optimal Results
Some of the remedies for wrongful termination include back pay, compensation, benefits, punitive damages (if the employer’s actions were outrageous) and others depending on the specific laws involved. When you contact our office, an attorney will guide you every step of the way, discussing your case, facts, goals, options, and earning your trust every step of the way. Contact us for a complimentary no obligation consultation at 877-789-9707.
No Retaliation Permitted for Reporting Illegal Discrimination – Timely Claims Required
Stephen Danz & Associates has represented hundreds of employees who have properly filed complaints of illegal discrimination and were retaliated against. Often, our firm’s willingness to, and experience in, bringing the case to trial, results in settlement. This is because our attorneys are well versed in the local, state, and federal laws that prohibit unlawful discrimination. Our client employees are then empowered and are no longer suffering from the unequal scales that favor employers. Therefore, we may ultimately prevail on the retaliation claim even if we cannot prove the discrimination claims. However, many of the statutes require that the claims are filed within a certain amount of time (in other words, within the Statute of Limitation).
If you (or another employee or co-worker) opposed sexual harassment or advancement by your supervisor, report such claims to our office. In addition, if you reported such claims to your Human Resources or state agency, and were then retaliated against, your rights must be represented by a knowledgeable and experienced attorney. Do not simply resign from your position if you believe that your employer may terminate you. You may be able to make the report of discrimination prior to your resignation and thereby greatly improving your chances in court. In addition, if you resign, you may be denied unemployment compensation.
Please remember no to take documents or other material from the workplace that does not belong to you. We will be able to obtain such evidence via lawful subpoena and through depositions. Any communications that you have with your employer may later be presented in front of the judge and jury. Therefore, remain cordial and think of your future case. Accordingly, we will guide you on where to file your claim before since certain agencies require the Right to Sue letter before proceeding to court. Our attorneys will also guide you on requesting your personnel records and employee handbook within the proper amount of time pursuant to California labor law.
Don’t Be a Victim – Even the Playing Field
Employment is one of the most sensitive areas in someone’s life. It is our livelihood. Therefore, do not allow employers or companies to hold the upper hand and mistreat you. There are bad supervisors everywhere who victimize countless employees. You may not be terminated for illegal reasons! You may have done exactly as you were supposed to do and you suffered for unlawful reasons. Finally, if you were told that you will be terminated if you do not resign (which is a common strategy), you may still be entitled to unemployment compensation – ensure that you mention this to our attorneys. For more pinpointed information see our dedicated blog pages and call the employment law offices of Stephen Danz & Associates today for a free no obligation consultation at 877-789-9707.
Sacramento’s Own – Our Result Speak for Themselves
Throughout California our attorneys have obtained hundreds of millions of dollars for victims of employment discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination. We are Sacramento attorneys specializing in Wrongful Termination claims. Wrongful Termination is one of the most common causes of action, and consequently our plaintiff-side only attorneys have dutifully filed these claims on behalf of many local residents.
Wrongful Termination comes in many forms. Essentially, it is a claim that a California-based employer terminated an employee in violation of public policy. In other words, although employment in California is “at will” – which means that an employee may be terminated at any time and for any reason – that does not include a reason that is unlawful. Additionally, there are some powerful exceptions to the “at will” rule. Here are the most frequent wrongful termination violations that our attorneys litigate:
Public Policy Violation
California Employers may not wrongfully terminate employee in violation of public policies such as when employees complain about being harassed at work, take reasonable time off to vote, serve on jury duty, perform military service, or take the allowable bonding time or pregnancy leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act and/or California’s Family Rights Act.
A California-based employer may not terminate an employee due to the employee’s opposing of discrimination, or employer discrimination due to employee membership in a protected group such as age (over 40), request for reasonable accommodation due to disability, gender, marital status, religion, race, sexual orientation, pregnancy, national origin, or medical condition. (Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”)). Our specialized employee-side attorneys review the case with you and remain involved each step of the way until resolution. Often, this involves review of the facts, request and analysis of the evidence through subpoena, deposition of your supervisor and those involved in the decision-making, as well as many other resources that are well beyond the capability of smaller law firms.
As an extension to discrimination, an employer may not retaliate against an employee who complains about discrimination or harassment against the employee or another employee whether the claim is legitimate or the employee merely had a reasonable basis that such conduct is unlawful. Employers also may not retaliate against employees who decline to violate state or federal statutes, regulations, or other laws.
A California employer may not fire an employee due to the employee’s complaints about the employer’s violation of laws, participation in whistleblowing about an employer’s illegal conduct, or aiding the government in litigation against the employer. This defense also protects employees who whistleblow for another employee as long as the whistleblower had reason to believe an employer engaged in fraudulent, illegal, or unethical behavior.
For any questions about the above information, or to consult a specialized Wrongful Termination law attorney about your case in Sacramento, call the employment law offices of Stephen Danz & Associates today for a free no obligation consultation at 877-789-9707.
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– Susan C.”
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