When you lost your job, you may have felt completely caught off guard. You may have thought that you were doing well, avoiding behavioral issues and getting along with most, if not all, of your co-workers. Still, you ended up in a meeting with your boss where he or she dismissed you from your position.
It was a regular day at work; nothing seemed unusual about it. Then, your boss called you into his office and fired you. This left you wondering what you did wrong and if your employer had any legal right to take such action. Sound familiar? This is a position that quite a few California residents have found themselves facing over the years.
In February, a 25-year-old Yelp employee who publicly spoke out against her California employer may have been fired as a result. Although the company didn't specify its reasons for terminating the San Francisco woman, she was let go hours after using her blog to publish an open letter to her CEO. She also posted on Twitter acknowledging that she might lose her job for the post. Analysts say that if she was indeed fired because of the letter, which advocated higher pay for entry-level Yelp staff, she may have a valid claim under the National Labor Relations Act.
The ex-director of "Home & Family," a show on the Hallmark Channel, filed a lawsuit in California on Dec. 23 against the executive producer of the show alleging wrongful termination and age discrimination. Other defendants listed in the suit include Crown Media United States LLC, Woody Fraser Enterprises Inc. and Woody Fraser Productions Inc.
California companies usually rely on urine tests for pre-employment drug screening, but more thorough employers sometimes call for hair follicle tests. Hair tests are considered to be the scientific gold standard for toxicology testing because they are virtually impossible to fool and can often detect drug use that took place several months earlier. However, recent research conducted in Germany indicates that hair follicle tests may not be as unimpeachable as was once believed.
California residents may have heard about a lawsuit filed in Pennsylvania by the former CEO and president of the insurance company, Highmark. According to the wrongful termination lawsuit, the former CEO alleges that his firing by the Highmark Board of Directors in 2012 was wrong because he did not violate any of the company's policies.
In California and other states, discrimination in the workplace can take many forms. An act that seems like discrimination is sometimes only the start of a problem in the federal sector as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reported that the most common issue reported by employees is retaliation, and retaliation is also the most frequent finding when cases take place.
California employees may be interested in a recent news report about a former official with a District of Columbia agency who has filed a lawsuit against the city. In the lawsuit, he claimed that he was harassed while working at the Department of Public Works before being terminated for his race.
A transgender woman in California filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against Wells Fargo on July 14. According to the plaintiff, the bank fired her from its customer call center in El Monte because of her decision to transition from male to female. The plaintiff also alleges that she endured rude comments from her supervisors and coworkers before she was wrongfully discharged.
Los Angeles employees may be interested in the case of a man claiming that he was wrongfully terminated and misclassified as exempt from state wage and hour laws. Because of this misclassification, he was not given certain benefits that he was entitled to under the law.