Accusations of discriminatory employment practices, retaliation, and contractual violations leading to an employee’s firing can seriously damage your business if they are not dealt with promptly and effectively by a qualified attorney. At Michino Law Office, I defend employers throughout California who face wrongful termination lawsuits and EEOC investigations. Businesses rely on me for reliable support during complicated employment disputes. When a former employee alleges that your company dismissed them for an unlawful reason, I provide seasoned advice and strong advocacy in your defense.
One of the key ways to successfully dispute a wrongful termination claim is to demonstrate that the employee did not perform up to the company’s standards. I will gather, review and present evidence that supports your decision to let an employee go. Records pertaining to employee history, contractual responsibilities and disciplinary action can help to paint a clear picture of the legal validity of your termination decision. My goal is to have the accuser’s claim dropped or dismissed.
Sometimes, settling with a former employee out of court can help your business to avoid the costly, time-consuming and stressful litigation process. Michino Law Office represents employers in wrongful termination settlement negotiations.
According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), retaliation is one of the most common claims brought by former employees. Reacting to EEO activity in any way that would discourage an employee from reporting or resisting future discrimination is illegal. If an employee makes an EEO claim against your business or participates in an EEO investigation, treating them as you would treat any employee who did not make a complaint can help you to avoid additional legal trouble.
Former workers may accuse employers of retaliating against them for opposing, reporting, alleging or aiding in the investigation of disputes over:
In addition, employees may claim that an employer fired them illegally due to their age, race, sex, pregnancy, disability, disability or national origin. When claims of discrimination are involved, the former employee must obtain a Right to Sue letter from the EEOC before they can pursue civil litigation against you. A Right to Sue letter is not required for wrongful termination claims that do not involve discrimination.
The best way for your business to avoid wrongful termination accusations is to establish clear and comprehensive policies that all employees understand and adhere to. Michino Law Office helps companies to put such policies in place and defends clients when conflicts over firing decisions arise.
Michino Law Office defends employers in the Malibu area against wrongful termination claims and represents them in negotiations and litigation. Call me at 424-346-9314 or contact me online to schedule your initial consultation at my Malibu office.