When employees in Los Angeles believe that they have been discriminated against because of their race, religion, gender, national origin, age or disability, it is important that they understand their rights and options in this situation. Employees in California and elsewhere across the nation have options and rights afforded to them in these situations, such as filing a discrimination lawsuit against an employer.
A Los Angeles man has recently settled his lawsuit claiming wrongful termination against the upscale department store where he used to work. These types of lawsuits have become more prevalent in recent years as more and more victims of wrongful termination are stepping forward claiming their rights were violated. Constitutional rights or workplace rights can be violated in a way that a person can file a wrongful termination suit. In this case, the man alleged wrongful termination based on sexual orientation and religious discrimination.
It is important that employees working in California understand that their employers must take the appropriate action to ensure equality in the workplace. If an employer does not do this it can make the workplace uncomfortable for some employees and it may even expose the employer to legal liability under stated and federal employment laws.
Readers of this blog may recall a previous posting about a Catholic schoolteacher who was fired from his job just two short weeks after marrying his male partner. The man filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against his former employer, claiming his termination was illegal for numerous reasons. The reasons included a violation of California's Labor Code, a breach of contract and a violation of public policy.
California is an employment at will state. This means that any employee can be fired at any time for any reason. However, there is an exception to this rule -- the reason may not be illegal. When an employee is fired for a discriminatory reason it is illegal and, therefore, a wrongful termination. When an employee is wrongfully discharged, they may have a cause of action for recovery against their employer.
When an employer decides to terminate an employee, it can be due to any number of reasons. Many of these reasons are legal, therefore making it perfectly acceptable to end the employee's time working for that employer. However, sometimes the reasons for which an employer terminates an individual is illegal. In these cases, the fired employee may have a cause of action for wrongful termination.