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Understanding Wrongful Termination in California

Last updated on April 6, 2022

Wrongful discharge claims are the central focus of our work at Lawless, Lawless & McGrath. Barbara Lawless has been publishing articles and leading professional seminars on wrongful termination for more than 35 years. Therese Lawless won a San Francisco Trial Lawyer of the Year award based mainly on her achievements in the areas of wrongful discharge and retaliatory termination.

Seasoned Wrongful Termination Attorneys Serving San Francisco

If you believe that you have been wrongfully terminated or demoted from your job, contact the San Francisco wrongful termination lawyers at Lawless, Lawless & McGrath. We will provide a confidential preliminary evaluation of your case. Inquire about a free consultation.

Unless you’re one of the relatively few people working under a written employment contract, you’re very likely what is known as an “employee at will,” which means you can be fired for any reason or no reason at all, just as you can resign for any reason or no reason at any time. However, you can’t be fired for a reason prohibited by law or in violation of public policy.

There are many reasons for termination that are prohibited by law, including:

  • Discrimination on the basis of age, race, sex, or other characteristics that are often addressed in human rights legislation
  • Breach of an employment contract or severance agreement
  • Retaliation for an employee’s behavior, such as refusal to enter into a contract or by acting as a whistleblower
  • Fair housing laws and other statutes also protect people from prejudices that formerly justified all kinds of unfair and inhumane treatment

Experienced California Wrongful Discharge Lawyers

The wrongful discharge lawyers at Lawless, Lawless & McGrath have decades of experience in the investigation and proof of employee termination practices that are prohibited under state or federal law. We provide the careful analysis and painstaking development that your case deserves.

To discuss your case, contact a California wrongful discharge attorney at our firm.

The San Francisco wrongful termination attorneys at Lawless, Lawless & McGrath represent employees with claims for unlawful or retaliatory discharge based on filing for workers’ compensation, invoking rights under FMLA or CFRA, or workplace discrimination based on age, race, sex, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, or other grounds. Our retaliation claim attorneys serve clients throughout California, including San Francisco.