Experiencing wrongful termination in Pasadena, California can be a traumatic experience that leaves you with a lot of questions. What could you have possibly done wrong? Does your employer have something against you? Do you have any recourse at all? However, the biggest question you probably have right now is how you are going to pay your bills without the income from your job. Mark Charles Law, APC, is here to help.
What is Wrongful Termination?
An employer who fires an employee for reasons unrelated to their job performance may be guilty of wrongful termination. This is true despite at-will employment laws that state neither employers nor the people working for them need to give a specific reason for ending a professional relationship. However, employers still need to act within the confines of the law when separating an employee from service. The most common types of wrongful termination include:
- Acting as a whistleblower
- Breach of contract
- Constructive dismissal, which means the employer made working conditions so unbearable for the employee that resigning was the only option
- Employee’s refusal to commit an illegal act
If you feel your employer has terminated you without cause, your first step is to set up a consultation with our law firm. We will then determine if you can sue your former employer for back pay.
What is Back Pay?
Back pay is the salary and benefits you missed out on after your employer illegally fired or demoted you. The United States Department of Labor established the Fair Labor Standards Act to allow wrongfully terminated employees to file suit against their former employer. Although you may file a claim on your own behalf, working with an experienced employment lawyer increases your chances of a successful outcome.