Category Archives: Wrongful Termination

Information about grounds for wrongful termination cases in California

How Can I Seek Damages from a Wrongful Termination Suit?

If you are interested in suing a former employer for wrongful termination, there a few things you should know about this specific type of employment lawsuit. In wrongful termination cases, you are asking the jury to award you money, which is known as awarding damages. Usually these damages are monetary, and they are usually the only solution available in a wrongful termination suit. The purpose, however, of monetary damages is to compensate you for what you lost because of your employer’s “wrongful” actions. In this type of case, you will have to prove that you suffered losses because of the employer’s actions and the amount of those losses. What Are the Damages I Could Recover in a Wrongful Termination Case? In this type of employment lawsuit, you, as the plaintiff, will have to prove the amount of different types of losses that you suffered at trial. If you are in…
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What Is At-Will Employment in California?

What does it mean to be employed “at-will?” At-will employment means that an employer can terminate an employee at any time, without cause or prior notice. Employees, too, are able to terminate employment at any time without cause or notice. Does that mean you can be fired for literally any reason? Not exactly. Under the Labor Code, the cause for termination must be fair and honest, regulated by good faith on the part of the employer. There are several statutory limitations on at-will employment. These include anti-discrimination statutes. For example, employers cannot terminate an employee based on race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, health, marital status, etc. Under the National Labor Relations Act, employers are also not allowed to interfere with employees in exercising collective bargaining rights. Terminating an employee for exercising these rights is a violation of the law. Whistleblowers are also protected from retaliation and cannot be…
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Spousal Jealousy: Is It Employment Discrimination?

When does spousal jealousy cross the line in the workplace? Can it lead to workplace discrimination? A recent case out of Pennsylvania discusses the issue. In Sztroin v. PennWestIndus Trucks, LLC, a woman filed a lawsuit against a forklift dealership, alleging that she had been fired because the president of the company’s wife did not want him working with any women. The wife was also an employee of the company. The woman who filed the lawsuit said that over the course of her employment, she noticed that the president would treat her differently than male employees. He avoided eye contact, excluded her from meetings and told his vice president to bar her from entering his office or speaking to her directly. She was fired shortly afterward. The president noted that she was an excellent employee, but that his wife did not approve of her presence in the workplace. Is this…
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