What Is Wrongful Termination and Who Is Responsible?

Many people rely on their jobs and their incomes in order to make a living. They go to work every day, do what they need to do in an effective manner and clock out feeling accomplished about a good day of work.

You can imagine the surprise of these individuals, however, when they are terminated from their job with no merit to the decision.

Unfortunately, this is something that happens far too often in many different industries. It’s not right and those who are impacted may have to deal with a number of obstacles afterwards. This is considered wrongful termination in the world of employment law. Learn more about what it is and who can be held responsible.

What Is Wrongful Termination?

By definition, wrongful termination occurs when an employer fires an employee based on a decision made by something other than skill or job ability. This means the employer discriminated against the individual in one way or another and made the decision to fire them as a result.

Some of the reasons that may lead to wrongful termination include:

  • Retaliation should the employee report an incident of discrimination or harassment. For instance, if the employee was being harassed and reports the owner, and the owner fires the employee, this is wrongful termination.
  • Wage disputes can also be the reason someone is wrongfully terminated. This means that an individual reported having their wages unpaid and the owner fired the employee for reporting it.
  • In some cases, if the owner makes sexual advances to an employee, but the employee denies it, the owner may fire the employee. This is an act of wrongful termination that is illegal and the employee may be able to take legal action.

Who Is Responsible?

Most often, it’s the employer or the supervisor who fires the individual that would be considered responsible for the wrongful termination. In some cases, however, there may be other factors such as a co-worker lying about an employee’s performance in order to get them fired.

At ELA, our Los Angeles employee rights lawyers work hard to protect the rights of those who have been wrongfully terminated. We know how serious this can be, and we also know that those who are victims of wrongful termination may seek compensation.

Contact our firm today to discover your options.

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