Last week, a California jury awarded a former "The Price Is Right" model more than $7 million in damages after concluding that the show's producers had illegally fired the woman when she became pregnant.
As we have mentioned before on our Los Angeles and Long Beach employment law blog, employees can be fired for no reason or almost any reason in California since most employment contracts are considered to be at-will. However, there are exceptions to at-will rules and employees who are fired for no reason or any reason may still be able to pursue wrongful termination claims against their employers.
Last week, a store manager at Cold Stone Creamery located in Turlock, California, decided to fire a woman who had been with the company for several months over a comment the employee had posted on Facebook.
Although Los Angeles employers cannot discriminate or retaliate against employees for their religious beliefs and practices, many employees still choose to refrain from discussing their religious beliefs in the workplace in order to protect their jobs.
In Los Angeles, an employer can choose to fire an employee for almost any reason, or even no reason at all. This is because many employment contracts are considered to be at-will, which means that employers have no legal obligation to keep an employee for a specific duration of time unless specified otherwise in an employee's contract.
When an employee is sexually harassed by a coworker or supervisor at work, the employee has every right to expect that his or her boss will actively investigate the incident and take adequate measures to ensure similar incidents do not happen again. After all, Los Angeles employers are legally obligated to address and resolve sexual harassment complaints in the workplace so that employees can work in safe environments.
When Los Angeles employees notice illegal activity in the workplace or are asked to do something that does not seem ethical, employees have every right to report the illegal or unethical conduct.
For nearly 20 years, a handyman and his wife were employed by William Shatner and his wife to perform household repairs, chores and other duties at the couple's home in California. However, when the handyman suffered a workplace injury at Shatner's home, he claims that Shatner and his wife began to harass him.
Two years ago, a store manager at a Rite Aid located in Los Angeles was informed by her doctor that she had developed a "serious disability." Fortunately, the woman's condition did not prevent her from being able to perform her work duties. But five months after telling her employer about her condition, the woman was fired. After reviewing the woman's disability discrimination case, a Los Angeles jury awarded the store manager $3.5 million in damages for wrongful termination, discrimination and retaliation.
The recent firing of a yoga instructor in California might have many employees wondering whether the woman can take legal action and file a wrongful termination lawsuit.