As an employee, there are so many rules and regulations that might leave you confused in regard to what your rights are. The following blog provides a brief overview into some of the most common questions that are asked by employees about issues regarding what happens after you have left the company, and what to do if you believe you have been wrongfully terminated.
Like many other states in the country, California laws state that employers can fire their staff "at-will". In other words, they can fire one of their employees without needing to give a reason. But many people think that if a state has "at-will" laws, then they as employees do not have any rights or opportunity for legal action when they have been fired. This could not be further from the truth.
Being terminated from your job without notice or expectation can be a terrible experience, leaving you low in confidence and fearful about your financial future. Although it is legal for a company to fire an employee without a specific reason, there are many circumstances in which an employee can be unlawfully fired.
There are many protections in place for workers when it comes to being fired from their job. It is important for a stable and successful society for employees to have some degree of job security. Therefore, while it is still possible to get fired from your place of work, employers need to have a good reason for this. There has a trend in the last couple of years that has seen many workers take their former employers to court and win their case.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has laws that state that it is not permissible for employers to punish job applicants or employees for certain reasons. These reasons can include discrimination and harassment against an applicant or employee.
Last week, a 28-year-old Google employee, graduate of Harvard's doctorate program in systems biology, wrote a memo about his opinions on gender diversity at the company. The memo enraged many of his colleagues and the wider audience that read his post.
Your company has a dress code, but you don't agree with it. You decide not to adhere to it, get a warning and then eventually get fired when you continue breaking it. Is this legal?
Your boss calls you into his or her office and tells you that you're being fired, effective immediately. You're instantly furious, because you think it's not just unfair, but illegal. Maybe you recently filed a sexual harassment complaint, for instance, and you believe that's why you're being fired.
A retaliatory termination is just one type of wrongful termination. It may be illegal, it may violate your rights as a worker in California, and you need to know what legal options you have.
Many workers are hired on an at-will basis, meaning they have no contract and can be fired -- or can quit -- without a reason. This can't be done illegally, of course, meaning that workers can't be fired based on ethnicity, gender, or other protected classes. However, it means employers don't necessarily have to have a reason for the firing.