Santa Ana Wrongful Termination Lawyer
Being wrongfully terminated can be a traumatic experience, so it is especially important to know your rights. As an “at-will” employment state, employers in California often have the right to terminate employees without warning or explanation. However, if you feel that you were fired for an unlawful reason, you may have a wrongful termination claim. For legal assistance, contact Sessions & Kimball to schedule a free consultation.
Why You Should Work With Sessions & Kimball?
If you’re looking for a lawyer, you want someone you can trust. Someone who will fight for your rights and protect your interests. Here’s why Sessions & Kimball is the right choice:
- We start by listening to our clients and understanding their situation. We take time to learn about the facts of their case so that we can develop an effective legal strategy tailored specifically to their needs.
- Our wrongful termination attorneys are highly experienced in all areas of labor law and are well prepared to handle any issue that may arise in a case. We have handled hundreds of cases over our years representing employees, so we know how best to approach each situation with confidence and knowledge.
- We treat each client as if they were family because that’s exactly how we would want our own family members treated if they needed legal help.
How a Santa Ana Lawyer Can Help With Wrongful Termination
Have you recently been wrongfully terminated from your job? If so, you may be wondering what your next steps should be. Here’s how a lawyer can help you:
Gather Evidence to Prove Illegal Behavior From Your Employer
An experienced wrongful termination attorney will gather and review all the evidence related to your case and determine if there is sufficient proof that your employer acted illegally in terminating your employment. This includes examining any documents related to the situation, such as emails, memos, and any other communication between you and your employer that could corroborate your claim.
Try To Settle The Claim Without Going To Court
Once your lawyer has conducted their research and determined that there is enough evidence for a wrongful termination claim, they will likely attempt to settle it without going through the lengthy process of a trial. This means less time and money spent on the entire legal process, which is advantageous for everyone involved.
Represent You At Trial If Necessary
If it becomes necessary for your case to go before a judge or jury an experienced wrongful termination attorney can provide invaluable representation during this process. Your lawyer will help build a strong case by presenting all relevant evidence and making sure that all the procedures are followed correctly during the trial itself.
What is Wrongful Termination?
Employers are not allowed to fire employees for discriminatory or retaliatory reasons, which include:
- National origin
- Disability status
- Religious beliefs
- Sexual orientation
- Protected activities (like filing a complaint against the employer)
There are many different scenarios that can lead to wrongful termination, so if you believe your rights may have been violated, you should speak with an employee rights lawyer as soon as possible.
Constructive Termination is Illegal Too
Constructive termination occurs when an employee is forced to leave their job due to intolerable working conditions caused by the employer. These conditions must be so severe that any reasonable person would consider quitting over them.
If an employee believes they have been constructively terminated due to illegal behavior by their employer—such as discrimination or sexual harassment—they may file a wrongful termination claim to seek compensation
Recovering Damages in a Wrongful Termination Suit
Being wrongfully terminated can be a traumatic experience. Fortunately, a Santa Ana wrongful termination attorney can help you recover the following types of compensation:
Lost Wages and Benefits
This includes any salary or wages that would have been paid if the employee had not been wrongfully terminated, as well as bonuses, commissions, vacation time, sick leave, and health insurance.
Wrongful termination can also cause significant emotional distress. Victims may experience feelings of betrayal, helplessness, anger, sadness, depression, anxiety—all of which can lead to long-term physical and emotional symptoms.
In some cases, punitive damages may also be awarded to punish the employer’s conduct and deter similar behavior from other companies in the future. However, awarding punitive damages requires a higher standard of proof than what is needed for other types of damages:
“Where it is proven by clear and convincing evidence that the defendant has been guilty of oppression, fraud, or malice, the plaintiff, in addition to the actual damages, may recover damages for the sake of example and by way of punishing the defendant”
Contact Sessions & Kimball For Help With Your Wrongful Termination Claim
At Sessions & Kimball, our goal is simple – protect employees’ rights while delivering justice with integrity and respect every single time. Contact Sessions & Kimball today to schedule a free consultation with a Santa Ana wrongful termination lawyer.