Receiving word that one has to be terminated from a job can be a major blow to an individual in California. After all, a job provides financial support in addition to giving an individual a sense of purpose in life. Being wrongfully fired understandably can cause anger in the victim, who reserves the right to seek justice in a wrongful termination situation in our state.
In a recent out-of-state case, one company was found to have inappropriately terminated an employee. As a result, the company was required to pay above $120,000 in damages, including legal fees along with back pay. The company wrongfully terminated one truck driver who called attention to safety concerns when the company was reorganizing its routes.
As a result, the company has to restore the employee to his previous position. The driver will get the same pay and benefits he had previously received, along with getting more than $23,000 in back wages plus interest. Furthermore, the company is responsible for $100,000 total in compensatory as well as punitive damages.
A company in California is not allowed to terminate an employee for an illegitimate reason. If a person believes he or she is a victim of wrongful termination, it is within the individual's rights to file a claim against the employer. It is essential that the person understand which facts need to be proved in order to be victorious in such a case. A case that is successfully navigated can lead to monetary relief, including punitive damages in cases of egregious fault.
Source: globegazette.com, "Pregnancy Discrimination Still Violates California Labor Law", Peggy Senzarino, April 24, 2014