No one likes being terminated from a job. The feeling of rejection and abandonment is not entirely easy to take on a psychological level. There are also the financial consequences that will soon come into play because you have now lost your source of income. The sudden loss of your job will also have negative career consequences, as future employers will scrutinize your job history to determine what's "wrong" with you when, in fact, the only thing "wrong" is that you were unlawfully terminated.
The former safety director at Tesla has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the company in a California court. He alleges the automaker fired him after less than four months on the job because he revealed Tesla hadn't properly recorded injuries suffered by employees.
There are various circumstances in which an employer must pay his or her employee severance following a termination of employment. For example, severance pay could be required via the federal WARN Act, state laws or the employment agreement entered into by the parties. In other cases, when an employer is not required to pay severance, the employer might be willing to negotiate a severance package in exchange for entering different agreements with the employee -- like a release of potential claims against the employer.
Employees who lose their jobs as a result of wrongful termination need to take specific steps to protect their right to file a claim. Failure to take the following steps could potentially interfere with the strength of a wrongful termination case and/or the ability of an employee to pursue such a lawsuit, so it's important to review them carefully:
Being relieved of your duties where you work is never a pleasant situation. Even if you've experienced getting fired before, it's not something that you can get used to in life. In fact, it can be very difficult, stressful, overwhelming and frightening to lose your job. Here are some things you should look at to determine if you have been wrongfully terminated from your place of employment in California.
Ex-Playboy Playmate Christine Richters -- who was working for a politician in Southern California as an aide before she was fired -- has settled a wrongful termination lawsuit for $150,000. According to the woman's lawsuit, she was forced to endure a stressful work environment that involved unrealistic demands from her boss, County Supervisor Todd Spitzer.
Many California residents find themselves in difficult situations at their workplaces where they have witnessed or been subjected to unlawful things. In these incidents, the victims or witnesses may be terrified to report the problems to superiors out of fear of retribution or of losing their jobs.
Imagine you show you show up for work one day and discover that your employer -- a manufacturing company -- has been dumping waste into a nearby river. Appalled by this environmental law violation, you bring the issue to the attention of your superior. The next thing you know, you're fired and being escorted from the building with your box of belongings by a security guard.
Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) wants to bring space travel into the private sector. The company has received great praise its far-reaching and hopeful agenda of expanding space travel for the citizens of Earth. However, one ex-employee claims that the company is not all it's cracked up to be.