Oxnard Wrongful Termination Lawyers
Protecting the Rights of Employees in Ventura County & Throughout California
The loss of your job for any reason can be extremely stressful. When it occurs as a result of a violation of public policy and your employee rights, it can be even more upsetting. While California operates on an “at-will” policy for employment that means that your employer can end your job at any time, exceptions to this rule exist. These exceptions take into account that you cannot be fired by an employer based on civil rights or employee rights violations covered by law.
Losing your job can lead to more than just losing your current means of livelihood. It can make finding future employment difficult and result in emotional, mental, and even physical health damage. It can affect not only but your family when you have dependents you support. At Moss Bollinger, we understand the stress associated with a wrongful termination. That is why our legal team of skilled trial lawyers work so hard to help you pursue rightful compensation for your losses.
Wrongful Termination in California
A wrongful termination is one in which you have fired or laid off illegally. This commonly means that your employer violated a state or federal law or public policy. When this occurs, you can file a claim against the employer for damages that can include your lost wages and benefits, any back pay or wages, your emotional distress, and attorney fees. In cases where an employer has acted particularly willful in firing you, you may also be awarded punitive damages which are designed to punish.
Examples of wrongful termination claims can include but are not limited to the following:
- Fired in violation of an implied contract. An implied contract is an agreement between you and your employer that is not written but has been created by mutual conduct. Your employer must have said or done things to imply that you would not be terminated. This can be difficult to prove.
- Fired in violation of public policy. This can include being fired because you refused to break the law, for reporting a violation of the law, for performing a legal duty such as jury duty, or for exercising any right or privilege granted to you under law, such as filing a complaint against your employer with a governmental agency.
- Fired for whistleblowing.
- Fired for filing a workers’ compensation claim.
- Fired for making a complaint about workplace harassment, sexual harassment, discriminatory practices, or any other violation of your civil rights or employee rights under the law. This can include such examples as being fired because of your age so that you can be replaced by a younger person at a lower rate of pay, being deliberately laid off because you are pregnant or because of your gender orientation.
- Fired for exercising your right to take medical/family leave.
- Breach of a written contract.
Get Help From a Proven Legal Team
Wrongful terminations can happen in countless ways. If you believe you were fired for an unlawful reason, it is vital that you speak with one of our knowledgeable attorneys at Moss Bollinger. Our experienced team can work vigorously to defend your legal rights and assist in pursuing maximum compensation for your damages. Let us put our years of concentrated practice in employee rights to work for you.