08/29/2011 // San Francisco, CA, USA // Keller Grover LLP // San Francisco Employment Attorney Jeffrey Keller
San Francisco, CA (San Francisco Employment Attorney News) — Times have been tough for everybody during this current recession, which has many California employers laying off and firing employees due to a reduction in business. During times like these, “cleaning house” at many of the hardest hit companies sometimes results in wrongful termination of employees, and many of these fired workers may not even realize that they may have a case and have no idea of what legal steps to take, says the San Francisco employment attorney, Jeffrey Keller of Keller Grover LLP. It is important to fully understand the difference between a true “lay-off” and a termination that is a violation of your rights.
A “wrongful termination” takes place when an employer has laid off or fired an employee for unlawful reasons under the state and federal employment laws, which include:
• Firing an employee as a form of job discrimination. This is a violation of state and federal anti-discrimination laws.
• Firing as a form of sexual harassment against the terminated employee.
• Firing an employee for reasons that break oral and written employment contracts.
• Firing employees for reasons that violate labor laws and as a form of retaliation for filing a complaint or claim against the employer.
If you believe you have been the victim of a wrongful termination, it is imperative that you retain a qualified California employment lawyer to represent your case to recover the damages you deserve. In certain instances, the employer will be required to pay damages based on the terminated employee’s lost wages, punitive damages and other expenses to the employee, if the employment lawsuit against their former employer is resolved successfully, explains the Bay area employment lawyer.
Another option a wrongfully terminated employee has is to negotiate a severance package—with the help of their California employment attorney—in lieu of legal action. Typically, an employer is not required to give severance pay to an employee, unless there is an employment contract that requires such payment; but many companies will opt to provide one to avoid legal action. An experienced San Francisco employment attorney, like Jeffrey Keller of Keller Grover LLP, can help explain your options and provide legal advice on whether a severance package for your wrongful termination claim is a viable avenue to take in your case.
The employment and wrongful termination lawyers at Keller Grover LLP are experienced in handling employment law cases. If you or someone you love has been a victim of wrongful termination, workplace discrimination or harassment based on race, sex, age, and disability, or you believe your wage and hour rights were violated, contacting a knowledgeable San Francisco employment attorney can help get the justice you deserve.
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