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Wrongful Termination Proudly Serving All of California

Sacramento Wrongful Termination Attorney

Were You Fired for an Unlawful Reason?

Unfortunately, an employer’s incompetence and unfairness in hiring and firing of employees are not against the law in California. Therefore, a dismissal for no reason or insufficient reason is not necessarily an open-and-shut case of “wrongful termination.” What is illegal is the wrongful termination of a worker in violation of public policy.

This means that if your employer has taken action against you because you reported or resisted illegal activity, you may have a wrongful termination case. If you suspect that you lost your job because you refused to violate the law, the Law Office of Jeffrey D. Fulton is here to be the champion you need. Based in Sacramento, we represent employees throughout the surrounding areas.

Call (916) 318-3388 today to speak to an experienced wrongful termination lawyer in Sacramento. Jeffrey D. Fulton is committed to protecting your rights and interests.

What Is Wrongful Termination?

As a California employee, your job likely represents one of the most important things in your life. Whether you love it or hate it, your job is where you go and what you do for a significant amount of time each week so you can earn the money you need to pay your bills and hopefully have a little leftover for fun things. You need your job and the last thing you need is to get fired from it.

What you need to realize, however, is that most jobs are “at will.” What this means is that unless you and your employer have a written employment contract, (s)he can fire you whenever (s)he wishes for virtually any reason or for no reason at all. You can likewise quit whenever you wish for virtually any reason or for no reason at all. However, (s)he cannot fire you for an illegal reason. Doing so represents a wrongful termination.

Wrongful Termination Examples

Both federal and state law contain reasons why your employer cannot fire you, including the following:

  • Termination because of your race, gender, ethnic background, religion, or disability
  • Termination because of your sexual orientation
  • Termination because you filed a legal complaint against your employer
  • Termination because you became a whistleblower and told the proper authorities about wrongdoing your employer committed
  • Termination because you took a medical leave
  • Termination because you serve in the military

Common Law Exceptions

In addition to the above statutory reasons why your employer cannot terminate your at-will employment, three additional common law reasons, called exceptions, exist. The public policy exception prevents your employer from firing you if such termination violates a specific, well-established California public policy. For instance, your employer cannot fire you if you file a workers’ compensation claim after you suffer an on-the-job injury.

Under the implied contract exception, your employer cannot fire you if you can prove that (s)he made oral representations to you concerning your job security or that (s)he violated the company’s policy and procedure manuals when (s)he fired you. Finally, California recognizes the covenant of good faith exception. This exception means that your employer is held to a “just cause” standard when making termination and other employment decisions. For instance, (s)he cannot fire you based on malice.

The Grounds for a Wrongful Termination Lawsuit in CA

Because most employment relationships in California are “at-will,” an employer may choose to discharge an employee at any time for any reason. However, there are several exceptions to this rule. Some of the exceptions include breaches of implied contracts, breaches of implied covenants of good faith and fair dealing, violations of public policy, or fraud/misrepresentation.

There are several additional grounds for wrongful termination claims in Sacramento, including:

  • You lost your job because of whistleblower retaliation
  • Your employer fired you for engaging in protected political activities or exercising rights under the Fair Employment and Housing Act
  • You were terminated for reporting a workplace injury or filing a workers’ compensation claim
  • You were fired for exercising your rights under the California employee leave laws
  • Your employer has made your working conditions so intolerable that you must resign
  • Your employer failed to comply with California’s Worker Retraining and Notification (WARN) Act – requires employers to provide 60 days of notice before a mass layoff or closing/relocating a facility

If any of the above is true for you, you likely have grounds to file a lawsuit against your employer for wrongful termination. Your first course of action is to call our office to speak to a wrongful termination lawyer in Sacramento about your rights and options.

Listening to Your Story & Fighting for Your Rights

From the first day of your case to the last, you can receive the benefits of our skilled employment law attorney’s measured advice, zealous advocacy, and tireless dedication to your legal needs. Jeffrey D. Fulton puts his more than 20 years of experience, his proven skills, his personal service, and his track record of success on your side. Count on him and our entire legal team to listen carefully to your side of the story, exhaustively research your claim, and use the facts of your case in effective negotiations with an employer who has acted unlawfully.

Let’s Talk about Your Situation & Your Options

Do you feel you were dismissed from your job because you witnessed and reported an unethical or illegal activity occurring in the workplace? Did you openly object to sexual harassment against you, only to find yourself out of work entirely? Was your dismissal the result of complaints about being undercompensated for hours you worked?


The Law Office of Jeffrey D. Fulton can be of service to clients in any of these situations. We urge you to contact us at (916) 318-3388 to speak with a wrongful termination lawyer in Sacramento today.


Aggressive Litigation that Gets Results

Our Victories
  • Sexual Harassment Case Successful Verdict

    Favorable sexual harassment verdict for a low wage fast-food worker.

  • Wage Case Successful Verdict

    Favorable verdict on behalf of an employee for failure to pay wages owed.

  • Sexual Harassment Case Successful Settlement

    Significant confidential settlement for a victim of sexual harassment in a healthcare setting.

  • Reimbursement Case $800,000 Settlement

    $800,000 settlement on behalf of class members in failure to reimburse expenses case.

  • Whistleblower Case $1.5 Million Verdict

    $1.5 million verdict on behalf of whistleblower clients against public entity.

  • Wage & Reimbursement Case $2.5 Million Settlement

    $2.5 million settlement on behalf of class members in failure to pay wages and reimburse expenses case.

  • Reimbursement Case $2.5 Million Settlement

    $2.5 million settlement on behalf of class members in failure to reimburse expenses case.

  • Discrimination Case $1.7 Million Verdict

    Assisted in obtaining a verdict for $1.7 million in an employment discrimination case

  • Reimbursement Case $600,000 Settlement

    $600,000 settlement on behalf of class members in failure to reimburse expenses case.

  • Case Against Public Employer $500,000 Settlement

    $500,000 settlement and dismissal of adverse action in a case against a public employer.

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Clients Tell Their Stories

Testimonials
  • “Mr. Fulton was caring and took the time to understand everything about the case. I never felt rushed, he always clarified things for me if I had any questions. The whole process was very nerve-racking, and Jeff was very calming.”

    - Previous Client
  • “Jeff spent a lot of time with me on the phone and in person, making sure that I ALWAYS knew what was going on or what was going to happen with our case. They made sure I understood everything clearly and fought for a fair result in the end.”

    - Beth
  • “Cases can and may get very complicated, but Jeff and his team handled all that and just gave me all the facts in layman’s terms that I needed, and it was much appreciated by me. My case was a time-consuming one for Fulton Law, and Jeff always kept me”

    - Previous Client
  • “Mr. Fulton was personable and communicated in a way that made me feel at ease with the complex and frustrating nature of my particular case every step of the way.”

    - Previous Client
  • “Jeff and his team have empathy, compassion, and just a friendly way about them that is so friendly. I thank them for helping me and in more ways than financially. I can truly say this law office changed my life.”

    - Previous Client
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WHEN YOU NEED A CHAMPION, WE'RE HERE FOR YOU

What You Can Expect With Us
  • Over 20 Years of Legal Experience

    With extensive employment law experience in and out of the courtroom, Mr. Fulton is well-equipped to help you navigate your case.

  • An Aggressive Litigator with a Compassionate Ear

    As an attorney with extensive trial experience, Mr. Fulton will not only listen to your concerns but will also fight for your cause.

  • Free Initial Case Evaluations

    You won't have to pay for the first discussion about your case with our attorney.

  • Affordable Legal Services

    In most cases, you don't pay unless we win. If you just need legal advice, we offer affordable consultations.

COUNT ON US TO TREAT YOU WITH RESPECT AND GO TO WAR FOR YOU

Schedule a free initial case evaluation with Jeffrey D. Fulton today to discuss your case.