San Francisco Wrongful Termination Lawyers
Welcome to Miracle Mile Group San Francisco. Our group of attorneys consists of experienced counsel for employees in San Francisco who are fired improperly under the Wrongful Termination laws of California. If you or a loved one has been wrongfully terminated, we ask that you schedule a time to speak to us regarding your case.
This is personal for us. Our San Francisco Wrongful Termination Lawyers know the difference between right and wrong and have based our entire careers on reminding others of that distinction.
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San Francisco is a national leader in technology, education, the arts, and healthcare. Workers who apply for work in the region are normally some of the brightest and most imaginative in the country. The pay is often high for workers who do not have a written contract. Employers often hire workers through written contracts – based on collective bargaining agreements and written employment agreements – because the workers provide valuable services or have unique skills.
Workers who have jobs in San Francisco expect if they find employment, that they won’t be fired because of what they look like, what their background is, or because they assert their legal rights. If you’ve been fired, you may have grounds for filing an employment discrimination claim– if your race, religion, sexual identification, disability, pregnancy, or other personal factors were the basis for the termination. You may have grounds to file a wrongful termination complaint if you did not violate your written contract.
At Miracle Mile Law Group, our San Francisco wrongful termination lawyers have experienced employment lawyers. We are respected by former clients and employers for our ability to help fired workers obtain job reinstatement, back pay, and other compensation if they were wrongfully terminated.
Frequently asked questions regarding wrongful termination in San Francisco
- When do I have the right to file a wrongful termination claim in San Francisco?
- What laws regulate employee termination in San Francisco?
- How does a collective bargaining agreement or a written contract affect my employee termination rights?
- Can I be terminated for asserting my employee rights in San Francisco?
- If I’m fired improperly in San Francisco, what damages can I seek?
- How do your lawyers advocate for employees who are wrongfully terminated?
- Are there time limits for filing a wrongful death claim in San Francisco?
When do I have the right to file a wrongful termination claim in San Francisco?
Federal wrongful termination claims normally start by filing a complaint with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). State claims begin by filing a complaint with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (CDFEH). These agencies investigate employment claims and try to resolve the complaint. If the agency hearing your complaint cannot resolve your claim, our lawyers then file a wrongful termination claim in federal or state court.
If you do not have a contract, then your employer can fire you at-will – for any reason. Employers often terminate employers to move, downsize, switch business goals, or for other legitimate reasons.
There are exceptions. Speak with an experienced San Francisco wrongful termination as soon as you are discharged. San Francisco cannot terminate your job in violation of any federal or state discrimination laws. These laws protect workers from termination based on their race, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, pregnancy, or assertion of their legal rights.
At Miracle Mile Law Group, we understand what evidence you need to prove your claim, how to obtain that evidence when your employer has locked the doors, and how to work with the EEOC and the CDEFH. We are ready to try your wrongful termination in court before a jury of your peers. Miracle Mile Law Group has the experience and resources to fight your employer’s expensive defense lawyers.
What laws regulate employee termination in San Francisco?
There are several different employer lawyers that can help San Francisco employees obtain their jobs back. Many wrongful termination claims are based on violations of Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Civil Rights Act is a federal discrimination law that protects employees in businesses with 15 or more employees from wrongful termination based on their race, color, sexual orientation, or religion. Our lawyers file your initial claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). If your claim can’t be resolved with the EEOC, we file your San Francisco employment discrimination case in federal court.
Employers include “one or more individuals, governments, governmental agencies, political subdivisions, labor unions, partnerships, associations, corporations, legal representatives, mutual companies, joint-stock companies, trusts, unincorporated organizations, trustees, and other entities.”
Some of the other laws that protect San Francisco employees from wrongful termination include:
- The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This law is for employees who are disabled.
- The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). This law is for employees 40 and older.
- The California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). This law protects you from losing your job if you were fired based on race, gender, gender identification, pregnancy, marital status, military status, national origin, sex, sexual preference, and other factors.
At Miracle Mile Law Group, our attorney’s file claims based on the above laws, and any other applicable laws.
How does a collective bargaining agreement or a written contract affect my employee termination rights?
Most workers don’t have a written contract. They work and hope that doing a good job is enough. Some workers are fortunate enough to have a written contract. Generally, employees have written contracts for two reasons:
- The employee has a collective bargaining agreement. Generally, workers who belong to a union have collective bargaining agreements that are negotiated between the union and the employer.
- The employee has a written contract because of the employee’s unique or desired skills. Employers regularly have written contracts for employees they don’t want to move to competitors or who might start their own company. Employment contracts include contracts for managers, supervisors, and people with special skills (such as technical or business skills).
Employers are bound by the terms of their written contracts. If a San Francisco employer fires a worker in violation of the terms of the contract, then the worker can seek to enforce the collective bargaining agreement or the written contract. Generally, collective bargaining agreements and written contracts provide that an employee can only fire fired for “cause.” Cause includes dishonesty, fraud, working for a competitor, or failing to meet specific work performance targets and timelines.
Can I be terminated for asserting my employee rights in San Francisco?
Employees and contractors in San Francisco generally can assert certain rights without fear of retaliation – being fired for asserting these rights. There are federal and state laws that forbid retaliation. Our San Francisco wrongful termination attorneys file claims that you be reinstated, fully compensated for any financial harm and that the employers pay additional damages such as legal fees if you were fired for asserting or helping someone assert their right to file:
- Employment discrimination claims
- A sexual harassment or sexual abuse claim
- Claim to family leave benefits
- A whistleblower claim
- A workers’ compensation claim
Our San Francisco wrongful termination lawyers also file job reinstatement and benefit claims if a San Francisco employer discharges you for:
- Testifying for a coworker who filed an employment case
- Voting at an approved time
- Serving on a jury
- Asserting other employee rights
Call Miracle Mile Group if you were terminated or suffered adverse employment consequences because you sought to protect your employment rights.
If I’m fired improperly in San Francisco, what damages can I seek?
At Miracle Mile Law Group, our San Francisco wrongful termination attorneys demand all the compensation the law permits including:
- Job reinstatement
- Back pay and back benefits
- Statutory damages
- Legal fees
- Interest on any damages
How do your lawyers advocate for employees who are wrongfully terminated?
Don’t be intimidated. You have rights. Our lawyers are seasoned employment lawyers who are ready to hold employers responsible for terminating you – if the firing was wrong.
Employers often try to assert that employees were fired for poor performance when it is clear the firing was improper or due to illegal reasons. Our lawyers present evidence based on your ability, job record, your testimony, statement of witnesses, and other evidence to support your claim that your termination was based on discrimination, asserting your rights, or other unlawful reasons.
Are there time limits for filing a wrongful death claim in San Francisco?
There are short time limits for filing a wrongful termination claim. The California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) gives employees only one year from the wrongful termination or discriminatory act to obtain a right-to-sue letter. After you obtain that letter, you have just one more year to file a civil suit in a court of law. Our San Francisco wrongful termination lawyers understand the federal and state timelines, laws, and procedures.