Losing your job can devastate you and your entire family, especially when you know you did nothing to cause your termination. Sometimes, the company you work for may have no other choice than letting some employees go due to economic hardships. Other times, you may feel certain that your firing was unlawful. The problem is proving that your job loss violated your rights as a California worker.
In these cases, a great first step after your firing is to seek a complete case evaluation by a wrongful termination attorney. This can help you put your circumstances into perspective and give you some authoritative insight into whether your termination was indeed wrongful. You can also review your situation beforehand to help your lawyer prove your case.
For example, were you treated differently than other workers during your employment, perhaps because of your gender or your race? If so, relay this and all other details of your employment to your attorney. We have learned that using a checklist to identify unlawful workplace conduct can help. It allows you to track discriminatory or harassing behaviors leading up to your termination.
When you decide it is time to speak with a lawyer, bring your checklist along with any other supporting documentation you may have. Legal professionals know how to sort through the details to uncover evidence that a wrongful termination led to your job loss. Once such evidence is found, your attorney can give you guidance on what steps to take next.
You can find additional information about California employment laws as well as wrongful termination on our firm’s website.