Wrongful Termination

San Diego Wrongful Termination Lawyer

Fighting Illegal Termination

The San Diego wrongful termination attorney at AMartin Law has represented many people who were unjustly let go from their job. We offer free consultations so that you can discuss the situation without any obligations. Contact us today to tell us your story and find out if you have a valid wrongful termination claim.

At our San Diego employment law firm, we handle most cases on a contingency fee basis. Call us at (619) 268-6585 to get started on your wrongful termination case.

At-Will Employment in California

In California, most employment relationships are “at-will.” At-will means employees can quit at any time and employers can fire employees at any time without cause. Employers are not required to provide employees with any type of verbal or written warnings.

However, that does not mean that wrongful termination cannot happen in these situations. If you were fired because of your race, age, gender, or other discriminating factors, you can file a claim to hold your employer accountable.

Wrongful Termination in Violation of Public Policy

Employers in California do not need a reason to fire employees. However, federal and state law prohibits employers from firing employees for reasons that violate public policy.

Examples of public policy violations include:

  • Age discrimination
  • Race discrimination
  • Sex or gender discrimination
  • National origin discrimination
  • Sexual orientation discrimination
  • Medical or physical disability discrimination
  • Sexual harassment
  • Pregnancy discrimination

Additionally, employers cannot fire, discriminate or retaliate against employees for:

  • Reporting to jury duty
  • Whistle blowing
  • Reporting OSHA or health and safety violations
  • Reporting discrimination or sexual harassment
  • Being injured on the job
  • Making a workers' compensation claim
  • Taking FMLA leave

Some employment contracts include specific requirements to fire an employee or otherwise promise a level of job security. In these cases, the contract supersedes California's at-will laws.

Developing a Strong Wrongful Termination Case

Proving that your termination occurred for these reasons is not always easy. You will need to point to specific instances indicating employment discrimination. This may require providing copies of emails or company announcements or finding coworkers who will corroborate your story.

Documents that can support a wrongful termination case include:

  • Performance reviews and other job evaluations
  • Emails and other communication leading up to the termination
  • Proof of completion of assignments
  • Copies of your employment agreement, contract, or policies
  • The termination notice or a memo of the oral termination conversation

These are all things our knowledgeable wrongful termination attorney in San Diego can help you with.

Recovering Damages in a Wrongful Termination Case

In filing a civil wrongful termination lawsuit, you will be seeking damages to compensate you for losses experienced. The amount of recoverable damages is highly dependent on the specifics of your case.

Victims of wrongful termination can recover compensation for:

  • Lost pay and benefits
  • Emotional distress
  • Punitive damages
  • Attorney fees

We can provide legal advice on the types of damages you may be able to recover. If you pursue a lawsuit, we will work with you to help you get the compensation you deserve.

Experienced & Attentive

AMartin Law is focused and dedicated to helping employees find legal recourse after enduring mistreatment from an employer. After nearly seven years at an international defense firm, Attorney Martin chose to leverage her inside knowledge to help employees find justice.

She values closely listening to her clients' concerns and understands the impacts that her work can have on their lives. That's why her practice emphasizes the importance of providing each client a unique experience.

Contact AMartin Law or call us at (619) 268-6585 as soon as you think you have a legal complaint. We can help you understand the next steps in your employment law case.

Get to Know Your Attorney

Alisa Martin is a passionate, experienced attorney who stays ahead of the curve. Learn more about how she can help you today.

What Drives Us Forward

  • Over a Decade of Legal Expertise

    Before she opened up her firm in 2009, Alisa spent over 6 years working with a large international firm, equipping her with the knowledge of the inner workings of corporations.

  • Free Consultations

    Why pay to have a conversation? The first initial discussion of your case is 100% complimentary.

  • Knowledge of Both Sides of Litigation

    Remember the multinational firm Alisa used to work for? Her experience with them gave her extensive knowledge of defense litigation, which makes her a great asset to the plaintiff side nowadays.

  • One-on-One Personalized Representation

    With a background in clinical psychology, Alisa handles all of her cases with sensitivity and respect. Trust her to take care of each client as if they're her only client.

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