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Wrongful Termination Lawyers

California-based wrongful termination lawyers at Feldman Browne Olivares, APC, formerly known as the Feldman Law Firm, based in Los Angeles, have represented hundreds of California employees in wrongful termination lawsuits. Our wrongful termination lawyers have obtained more than $100 million dollars in monetary awards and settlements on such wrongful termination claims on behalf of California workers.

In California, wrongful termination law has a specific meaning. It does not mean that the termination was wrong, or unfair. It means that the California termination violated specific public policies contained in CA statutes, regulations or constitutional provisions.

For example, it is unlawful for a California employer to fire an employee due to gender, pregnancy, age, race, disability, taking of a medical leave, requesting a reasonable accommodation for a disability, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or because the employee engaged in whistleblowing by complaining about or otherwise opposing certain specified unlawful, fraudulent or unethical conduct. Our wrongful termination lawyers have also successfully litigated cases involving wrongful termination law for employees who were fired for standing up for and associating with victims of discrimination and harassment.

In presenting the basis for your case in the area of wrongful termination law to a knowledgeable wrongful termination attorney, an employee fired for the wrong reasons may show their firing was wrongful in many different ways-such as via statistical evidence, comparative evidence, or direct evidence. Direct evidence, such as discriminatory comments made by the decision-maker, is often the most persuasive for a wrongful termination lawyer to present in a court of law.

However, in larger companies, it may be possible to use statistical analysis to demonstrate that the employer systematically discriminates against a particular protected category of people in hiring, promotions and terminations, such as persons of a particular race or religion. Such evidence would raise an inference that the action taken against a particular employee of that race or religion was also infected by racial or religious animus or prejudice. Comparative evidence also raises an inference of discrimination by showing that different rules and standards were applied for persons of different races or religions.

What Are the Wrongful Termination Statute of Limitations in California?

Different states may define wrongful termination differently and some terminations may be illegal in California but not in other states. California law is often more favorable than federal law as well. For example, under Title VII discrimination, victims may be limited to $300,000 in damages for emotional suffering, whereas California has no cap on damages for emotional pain and suffering and juries in Los Angeles in particular have been known to award millions of dollars for emotional harm in serious, severe discrimination cases.

Feldman Browne Olivares obtained a verdict in 2012 that included 4.5 million dollars for emotional distress and suffering, which at the time was one of the largest in California history for a wrongful termination case.

How can or how does a Lawyer help me with a potential wrongful termination case?

A lawyer helps evaluate the strength of the wrongful termination claim under the various applicable state and federal laws and the potential damages that may be recovered.

Feldman Browne Olivares handles all wrongful termination cases on a contingency fee basis, which means the client pays nothing. The firm advances all litigation costs and is paid only a percentage of what we actually win for the client.

We almost never accept a case on which no recovery is obtained for the client, but if that were ever to happen the firm would not charge any fee for services rendered in that case.

Under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), it is unlawful for an employer to demote, suspend, terminate or harass any employee because that employee has engaged in protected activities. Such protected activities include protesting, complaining about, resisting or otherwise “opposing” discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, sex, disability, national origin, age, or religion. Retaliation by the employer is prohibited whether the employee is opposing harassment or discrimination directed against themselves or another employee.

Moreover, the protection from retaliation is the same whether it turns out that the original harassment or discrimination complaint was valid or not! A California employer may not take any adverse employment action against an employee that complains about or otherwise opposes discrimination or harassment so long as the employee had a reasonable belief that what he/she was complaining about was unlawful harassment or discrimination. Without a wrongful termination attorney, these types of practices may continue unpunished.

It is also unlawful for a California employer to retaliate against an employee for refusing to violate any law, for reporting the employer for violating any law, or for protesting conduct by the employer that is the subject of any state or federal statute, regulation, or constitutional provision. See also, Whistleblowing Retaliation.

Please contact us with questions (such as, what is the average settlement for wrongful termination?) or concerns regarding your issue.

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