Earning money is an important part of life. Even if you do not consider it your top priority, you do understand that earning an income is necessary to maintain a certain lifestyle and to meet your basic needs. In addition to that, you understand the importance of having a job to earn that income.
Though you may not have your dream job, you enjoy what you do most days and how it allows you to address other areas of your life. As a result, you do not want to unexpectedly lose your job for any reason. You perform your work duties in a professional manner and always try your best to avoid giving your employer reason to discipline you. Unfortunately, you still ended up unemployed.
Was your termination legal?
In California, an employer can fire a worker for almost any reason because the state adheres to at-will employment laws. This means that an employer does not have to have a specific reason for dismissing the employee or that the employee must have done something wrong to warrant termination. However, if you signed an employment contract with terms stating that a reason is needed to fire you or that your employment will last a certain amount of time, your firing may have been illegal if your employer violated those terms.
You may have also faced wrongful termination if your employer fired you for discriminatory reasons. If you believe that your gender, race, religion, national origin, ethnicity or other protected characteristic played a role in your dismissal, you may want to explore your legal rights.
Does quitting forfeit your rights?
On the other hand, your employer may not have fired you outright. Instead, you may have faced harassment or discrimination on the job to the point that you felt unsafe. You may have informed your supervisors about the issues, but the hostile environment continued with little to no action from your superiors. As a result, you may have felt you had no choice but to quit. Taking that step does not mean that you no longer have the right to take legal action against your employer.
Losing your job under any circumstances can be difficult, but if you suspect some type of wrongdoing took place, you may feel even more downtrodden by the ordeal. Fortunately, you can help address any wrongdoing that you believe occurred by looking into your legal options. Discussing your concerns with an experienced attorney could help you obtain an evaluation of your predicament and gain information on your available options.