Employee rights and workplace discrimination are still a constant topic of debate all around the country. And despite the efforts for creating a safe and equal-rights workplace environment, there are plenty of situations in which a wrongful termination attorney is needed. Plenty of people still have several discrimination allegations to fight, ranging from unfair salary to discrimination concerning termination.
In case you didn’t remember it, back in 2016, all the news focused on the Northern California lawsuit on race discrimination. The wrongful termination attorney who pursued this had all the tools required to win it. And as a result, it raised a signal concerning how employers treat minorities.
The wrongful termination attorneys submitted the lawsuit at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission based on the premise that Farmers Insurance had discriminatory practices in regardsto two of its Asian American employees. Such allegations appeared shortly after the two Asian
American employees were terminated, even though their white colleagues from a different race weren’t so. Such behavior violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act.
But besides this Farmers Insurance lawsuit, there was another particular case in that year revolving a wine cellar in Napa Valley. There three African American workers were part of a wine cellar project, and they were hired to manage wine bottles in the location. Still, their supervisor constantly belittled them, which led to one of the workers complaining about discriminatory behavior. But the management of the wine cellar faced an additional lawsuit.
First of all, the discrimination lawsuit to protect the employees from a different race was issued. And secondly, a retaliation allegation lawsuit was pursued. This happened since the employee that complained about discrimination was terminated rather than moved to another location. As such, the wine cellar owner was reminded that the existing law that prohibits employers from discrimination against employees from a protected class and, of course, that retaliation after complaints of discrimination is not permitted by law.
When you need a wrongful termination attorney?
With the situation of the wine cellar in mind, you might ask yourself when to seek the adviceof a wrongful termination attorney. Wrongful termination refers to any illegal motive forfiring an individual, including:
•Discrimination – it is prohibited by law to fire an employee due to his race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, genetic information, or age;
•Retaliation – it is prohibited by law to fire an employee because he complained about harassment, discrimination, workplace safety, wage or hour violation;
•In several states, it is illegal to fire an employee due to reasons most people would find morally wrong. As such, if an employee refuses to commit an unlawful act, like lying to auditors about a situation in the company, the employer is forbidden by law to fire the individual.