In California, employees are presumed to be employed “at will.” This term means that the employee can be fired at any time, for any reason, and that the employee is free to leave whenever he or she desires. However, the employer’s ability to fire an at-will employee is not absolute. Under certain circumstances, the at-will presumption is overcome and no longer provides a defense to the employer’s misconduct. A person fired based upon one of the exceptions to the at-will relationship may have a case for wrongful termination.
The most common situations of wrongful termination arise when the employee is subjected to unlawful discrimination, is sexually harassed, is subjected to unlawful retaliation, or where the termination specifically violates a public policy.
The best time to consult an experienced employment attorney is actually before termination. For years, Wilton & Associates has provided advice and support to potential clients often advising that it was best to stay employed, rather than quit or force a firing. Many people incorrectly assume they know their rights because of something read on the Internet or the advice of friends. Only an experienced lawyer, familiar not only with the law, but knowledgeable in how the law would be applied to a particular fact situation, can provide the most helpful advice. At Wilton & Associates, Ronald Wilton is that attorney.
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Wilton & Associates has successfully served clients throughout Southern California including Los Angeles County, Ventura County, San Bernardino County, Riverside County, Orange County, Santa Barbara County and Kern County