Handling employment and labor law cases in the Bay Area and throughout California, The Law Offices of Steven E. Springer represents employees and employers involved in wrongful discharge, wrongful termination, retaliation and discrimination matters. Employment and labor laws govern all aspects of the relationships between employers and employees. While many have been designed to protect the rights of employees, these laws maintain a balance of fairness and equity between employers and employees that is vital to the health of all businesses. The firm maintains a holistic practice for discrimination and wrongful discharge, representing both plaintiffs and defendants in these matters.
Wrongful Terminations and Employment Discrimination in California
While it is easy to understand what discrimination is, wrongful discharge is a bit more complex. In California, most employment is considered “at will” — meaning that either the employer or the employee can terminate the working relationship for any reason, with or without cause. However, if there is some unlawful motivation or retaliatory reason for the termination, the employer may have violated the law and the employee may be able to bring a lawsuit.
Under federal and state law, there are numerous protected classifications for which it is illegal to discriminate against an employee, including:
- National origin (where you come from)
- Religious affiliation
- Disability (actual or perceived)
- Sexual orientation
- Marital status
- Pregnancy status
- Weight and height (in certain municipalities in California)