Reasons for Wrongful Termination: Understanding Your Legal Rights

Explore the legal nuances of wrongful termination and learn how Waltman Employment Law can guide you through claims with legal advice and representation.

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Unlawful Dismissal Practices Can Give Rise to Wrongful Termination Lawsuits

Wrongful termination happens when an employee is discharged from their position for reasons that breach their employment contract, violate labor laws, or fall under unlawful discrimination or retaliation. These terminations not only undermine the integrity of employer-employee relationships but also challenge the very foundations of justice in the workplace.

But what if no formal contract exists? Many employees work under at-will employment agreements, prevalent across various states, which theoretically allow either the employer or the employee to cease the employment relationship at any time. However, the boundaries of ‘at-will’ become blurry when terminations are for an illegal reason, such as discriminatory practices or retaliation against an employee for a protected action. In these cases, even at-will employees may find recourse through legal channels and the pursuit of wrongful termination lawsuits.

Understanding the intricacies of wrongful termination is paramount. It requires recognizing when an employer’s actions are not just unfair but also illegal. Our collective experience at Waltman Employment Law shows that many grappling with this dilemma often need to know if they’re standing on solid ground to challenge these decisions.

Legal Grounds for Wrongful Termination Claims

Imagine being terminated from your job for a reason that seems unfair. However, not all unfair terminations are illegal. Wrongful termination transpires under specific circumstances that breach federal or state laws. Here are the reasons an employee files a wrongful termination case against their company.


Discrimination plays a major role when assessing the legality of a termination. Firing an employee based on race, disability, age, gender, sexual orientation, or other protected characteristics is unlawful. These actions are clearly outlined under termination laws, affirming the rights of individuals against discriminatory practices.

Breach of Contractual obligations

A breach of contract can also constitute wrongful termination, whether the contract is written or oral. Terms of employment are binding, and when they are not honored, it can be a clear-cut case of wrongful dismissal. The significance of employment contracts lies in the mutual expectations they establish. Remember that you have rights as an employee even when you only have an oral or implied employment contract.


Cases of retaliation are alarmingly common and equally illegal. For instance, an employee who faces termination after filing a complaint or lawsuit for sexual harassment against a superior may be experiencing retaliatory discharge. California residents and workers seeking information on such matters can find guidance on retaliation lawsuit settlements.

Violation of Leave Rights

Employees have rights involving leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). If an individual is terminated due to taking medical or family leave, this could be a blatant violation of leave rights. Such wrongful termination not only disrupts life but can also invite legal action.

Disobeying Instructions to Violate Laws

No one should be forced to choose between their job and their integrity. Employees should not suffer job loss for refusing to violate laws. Instances where an employer’s demands compromise legal or safety standards are typically covered under wrongful discharge protections.

An experienced employment lawyer would recognize the gravity of these situations. Seek our legal counsel if you believe your rights to gainful livelihood have been violated.

Procedures and Employee Rights

A job termination can be questionable when proper procedures aren’t followed. The rights of an employee are as essential as the reasons for their departure.

Internal Procedures Before Termination

Employers must adhere to consistent internal disciplinary protocols prior to an employee’s discharge. Our adherence to these practices ensures fair treatment for all parties involved. A terminated employee, once feeling wronged, may challenge the legality of their departure.

There could be unlawful termination if there were procedural lapses, such as:

  • Skipping progressive discipline steps
  • Failure to provide written warnings
  • Inconsistent application of policies

Whistleblower Protections

If you’ve reported misconduct, rest easy knowing that legal safeguards are in place. Retaliatory termination for whistleblowing is not just unethical – it’s illegal. Employees must be free from the fear of reprisal when standing up for what’s right.

When it comes to the specificity of state laws and protections, such as those in the Golden State, understanding California employee termination laws becomes crucial. This knowledge empowers you to navigate the complexities should your rights come under fire in an employment termination scenario.

How Waltman Employment Law Can Help

Are you faced with a termination that just didn’t sit right with you? Thinking of filing a wrongful termination lawsuit in California? There lies a gray area in employment law that often requires professional navigation. This is where Waltman Employment Law steps in.

With a track record of meticulously reviewing termination cases, we help clarify if your dismissal counts as wrongful termination. We come armed with knowledge of both state and federal laws that protect employees against illegal dismissal.

  • Experience: Our firm has a rich history of dealing with wrongful termination and discrimination claims, with numerous successful judgments and settlements to our name.
  • Strategy: We analyze employment contracts and company policies against the circumstances of your case, building a robust defense on your behalf.
  • Support Through the Legal Process: Embarking on a legal challenge can be daunting, but we are with you every step of the way—from the initial consultation to the representations we make in the courtroom.
  • Consultation: During our first meeting, we listen to your story and offer a preliminary assessment of your claim.
  • Guidance: You will receive continual guidance tailored to the intricacies of your case.
  • Advocacy: If your wrongful termination claim progresses to court, we’ll champion your rights vigorously.

Contact Waltman Employment Law Today

Has the prospect of being wrongfully terminated led you to question the security of your job? Imagine the peace of mind that comes with knowing a dedicated legal team is ready to defend your rights in the workplace. Cases of wrongful termination can be complex, entwining federal and state laws with company policies, but you are not alone.

At Waltman Employment Law, we champion fairness and justice in the employment sphere. We stand firmly against discriminatory practices, unlawful dismissal, and violations against employees. Ours is a commitment to support you with the legal flair that your situation demands.

We begin by assessing the circumstances of your dismissal to establish possible breaches in legal protocol. We review your documents, including your written employment agreements. Our lawyers are well-versed in employment statutes, from Title VII claims to FMLA breaches. We can build robust legal strategies to address wrongful termination disputes.

To uncover the strength of your case and explore options, schedule a consultation with Waltman Employment Law, a team that’s adept at reflecting the diversity and complexity of wrongful termination cases. Together, we can strive to ensure that your rights remain upheld and that workplace justice is not merely an ideal but a reality.