An unfair firing occurs when an individual is fired because of a protected class, group, or characteristic, such as age, gender, disability, race, religion, or whistleblower status, among others. When a firing breaks state law or goes against existing public policy, the termination is wrongful, and the employee has the right to sue.
An employee who was wrongfully fired could be able to recover unpaid compensation and benefits, emotional damages, punitive damages, and lawyers’ fees and expenses. When an executive manager, director, or managing agent engages in a firing with a conscious disregard for an employee’s interests, punitive penalties are eligible. Punitive damages will greatly increase the value of lawsuits involving wrongful firing against big corporations.
If you believe your rights as an employee in California have been violated, call us at (858) 365-9722 or contact us online for a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation.