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Wrongful Termination and Retaliation in Violation of Public Policy: Protecting Employee Rights


At Nassiri Law, we are dedicated to defending the rights of employees who have been wrongfully terminated or subjected to retaliation in violation of public policy. Our experienced attorney, Damian Nassiri, understands the complexities of employment law and is committed to fighting for justice on behalf of employees. In this content page, we will discuss how an employee has a cause of action when an employer violates public policy by subjecting the employee to termination or adverse employment actions. We will also highlight California's wage and hour laws as a fundamental public policy and how our firm assists employees who have been terminated in retaliation for engaging in protected activity.

Cause of Action for Violation of Public Policy

Under California law, an employee has the right to pursue a legal claim when their employer subjects them to termination or any other adverse employment action that contravenes public policy. The landmark case of Tameny v. Atlantic Richfield (1980) 27 Cal.3d 167, 170, established that such violations give rise to a cause of action for wrongful termination in violation of public policy.

Public Policy and California's Wage and Hour Laws

California's wage and hour laws serve as a substantial and fundamental public policy aimed at protecting employees' rights. Courts have recognized the importance of these laws in safeguarding workers' well-being and preventing unfair treatment. In Phillips v. Gemini Moving Specialists (1998) 63 Cal. App. 4th 563, 574, the court explicitly acknowledged the role of wage and hour laws as a public policy concern. Furthermore, in United Parcel Service Wage & Hour Cases (2011) 196 Cal. App. 4th 57, 69-70, the court reinforced the significance of California's wage and hour laws as a form of public policy.

Protecting Employees From Retaliation

Retaliation against employees who engage in protected activity, such as reporting illegal conduct or asserting their rights under California's wage and hour laws, is strictly prohibited. Employers cannot retaliate against employees for exercising their legal rights and advocating for a fair and lawful work environment. Retaliation can manifest in various ways, including termination, demotion, pay reduction, or unfavorable working conditions.

How Nassiri Law Can Help

At Nassiri Law, we specialize in assisting employees who have been wrongfully terminated in violation of public policy and those who have faced retaliation for engaging in protected activity. Our firm recognizes the importance of defending employees' rights and ensuring that justice is served. With extensive knowledge of employment law, our attorney Damian Nassiri will meticulously evaluate each case, gather evidence, and develop a strong legal strategy to maximize the chances of a successful outcome.

We handle various wage and hour disputes, including issues related to meal and rest breaks, misclassification, minimum wage, and more. If you believe your employer has violated your rights in any of these areas, we can provide you with the necessary guidance and representation.

Contact Nassiri Law

If you believe you have been wrongfully terminated or retaliated against in violation of public policy, or if you have any wage and hour concerns, we are here to help. To schedule a consultation with attorney Damian Nassiri, please contact our office at 949-375-4734.

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