A class-action lawsuit was recently filed against the bank Wells Fargo in California, alleging unjust firing. According to former Wells Fargo employees who filed the suit, they were terminated or mistreated in other ways if they did not meet strict bank sales quotas. This led many employees to open millions of bogus consumer accounts, which in turn led to investigations, lawsuits and fines from various federal and state authorities. Whenever a person is a victim of wrongful termination, he or she has the right to take legal action against his or her former employer.
Most employers in California are diligent in their efforts to provide every employee with a working environment that is free from discrimination, harassment and retaliation. Unfortunately, there are times when a work environment becomes so intolerable that a worker feels the only course of action is to resign. This is called constructive termination.
Though illegal, workplace sexual harassment still occurs fairly often in the U.S. and in California. Though it may seem insurmountable for one worker to face a large corporation, many such lawsuits have been successfully litigated. A recent complaint filed against Fox News highlights the fact that men and women have options when faced with wrongful termination, even in high profile cases against a major news organization.
For many, it is difficult to imagine that workers in today's society are still subjected to harassment, retaliation and discrimination. However, these practices are, unfortunately, still seen across every sector and even in some distinguished and long-standing companies. Recently a story broke about a well-known California bakery that finally settled an EEOC claim for discriminatory practices.
When most people think about the parties involved in employment litigation, the image that typically comes to mind is of an employee battling against a large corporation. However, an employee/employer relationship can exist on a much smaller scale, and can even be present between entities in a rock band. Recently in California, a former drummer has brought a wrongful termination suit against rocker Eddie Money.
Every day across the country and here in California, people lose their jobs. In some cases, the termination of a person's employment is for cause or is otherwise legal. However, in some cases, a firing could be considered illegal and the worker could have a claim for wrongful termination.
Nearly every place of business here in California and elsewhere has a dress code. When an employee does not adhere to it, disciplinary action can be taken. Ordinarily, that could mean being written up or sent home to change. However, one woman claims that she was the victim of wrongful termination because she wore leggings to work. She alleges that her firing was in retaliation for deciding to run against her boss for the position of county clerk.
Nearly every worker in California understands that there are risks in every industry. If they are injured on the job, they expect that their employers will do what it takes to assist with medical costs, lost income and time off for recovery. When employers fail to fulfill their obligations to employees under state workers' compensation laws and/or federal laws such as the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), a wrongful termination claim and other actions could be the result.
California medical professionals enjoy the same protections as workers in other industries do when it comes to discrimination, harassment and termination. When a medical professional makes a complaint about being the victim of such behavior from peers or supervisors, hospitals and clinics are required to take certain steps in accordance with the facility's policies and procedures, as well as the law. If that does not happen, a discrimination, harassment and/or wrongful termination claim could be filed.
Some employers in California and elsewhere may try to find ways to pressure or otherwise create adverse working conditions to force disabled employees to quit or create situations that will allow for their terminations. An out-of-state woman claims that she lost her job because of her disability and is seeking to right the wrongs against her. She has filed her wrongful termination complaint against her former employer in a federal court.