Discrimination and harassment in the workplace may make every day a challenge for workers facing such treatment. On a daily basis, victims in these situations may face a hostile work environment and concerns related to a demotion, wrongful termination or retaliation from an employer for reporting the illegal conduct they are subjected to. It is illegal for an employer to fire an employee in retaliation for reporting illegal conduct or to treat them differently.
A job and job security is understandably important to many workers. Because of this, it is important for employees who have been recently fired or laid off to understand their wrongful termination rights in circumstances when the action taken may have been unlawful. In some circumstances, the employee may be able to obtain monetary damages, a severance package or other damages.
Workers have important protections against wrongful termination so it is important to understand them. A wrongful termination lawsuit was recently heard in a Los Angeles courtroom. The CEO of a local rehabilitation center testified that he terminated the center's former human resources director because she did not perform up to expectations, and not because she had reported alleged workplace violations. The woman brought a wrongful termination claim alleging retaliation, as well as age and disability discrimination.
In today's age, "going viral" is often a goal some people in Los Angeles who are seeking Internet fame only dream of. However, not all statements that "go viral" do so for positive reasons. In fact, it takes only one misinterpretation of a person's remarks to have an otherwise upstanding person's reputation tarnished through no fault of their own.
Wrongful discharge lawsuits typically originate as a dispute between the employer and an employee who differs with one or more of the employer's policies. A wrongful termination lawsuit recently filed in Los Angeles provides something of an exception to this rule because it originated in a dispute between a store manager and a would-be customer.
The term "wrongful termination" encompasses a wide variety of illegal decisions by employers to fire their employees. One of the most egregious examples of wrongful termination is the decision by an employer to discharge an employee who is struggling with or recovering from a serious illness or injury. A recent lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court by a former employee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences provides a powerful example of such wrongful conduct.
Claims for wrongful termination of employment are common in the courts of Southern California, but many people think that most employees cannot bring such claims because they are employees at will; that is, they may be fired at any time for no reason. While this view is generally correct, California courts have carved out an important exception: discharges based on actions that are violations of public policy.
Wrongful termination lawsuits usually begin with an unhappy employee who has complained about improper treatment by a superior or co-workers and has been fired for complaining. Employees who call attention to other kinds of misconduct by their employers - usually labeled whistleblowers - are also the source of wrongful termination lawsuits, as demonstrated by a recent case filed in Los Angeles.
Despite the settled rule that workers cannot be fired based solely on their age, age discrimination can be difficult to prove because other factors, such as poor job performance, are often present. A recent verdict in a wrongful termination case shows, however, that given the proper evidence, victims of age discrimination can succeed in court.
Physical disability, real or imagined, can be reason for wrongfully terminating a person's employment. California residents may be interested to hear that a former casting and development executive with E! News has commenced a wrongful termination lawsuit alleging that she was fired because treatment for breast cancer altered her appearance and adversely affected her performance.