Family or Medical Leave

Experienced Wrongful Termination Lawyers in Southern California to Protect Your Rights When Taking Family or Medical Leave

State laws in California are in place to protect workers who take family and medical leave. Under the family and medical leave provisions, your employer cannot retaliate against you for requesting or taking family or medical leave. Unfortunately, not all employers adhere to that. At Perona, Langer, Beck and Harrison Law Firm, we are dedicated to protecting the rights of employees in Southern California who have experienced wrongful termination or retaliation related to taking protected leave. Our dedicated team of wrongful termination lawyers stand ready to provide expert legal guidance and representation to resolve your case as quickly and favorably as possible.

Facing wrongful termination or retaliation for taking family or medical leave? Contact our employment law lawyers in Southern California today to learn more about your options!

What Protections does Family and Medical Leave Provide in California?

The California Family Rights Act leave or CFRA leave guarantees job-protected leave to eligible employees who:

  • Have a serious health condition.
  • Are caring for a family member with a serious health condition.
  • Are bonding with a new child (by birth, adoption, or foster placement).

It provides up to 12 weeks of unpaid protected leave each year for all purposes to employees that have worked for their employer for over a year, who have over 1,250 hours of service in the past year, and whose employer has over 50 employees.

Job protected leave means that employers must reinstate you to your same or comparable job and must continue to pay for your group health benefits if they normally do. Employers are prohibited from interfering with an employee’s family and medical leave rights or retaliating against them for exercising those rights. If this does not happen, you may have grounds for a case. 

Steps to Take If You Were Wrongfully Terminated for Taking Family or Medical Leave

If you want justice following an illegal firing or retaliation for taking family and medical leave, it is very important to act quickly. You need to immediately secure evidence for your case by:

  • Getting a copy of your complete employee personnel file.
  • Creating a record of important events such as hiring and firing, promotion and demotion, raises and pay cuts, discriminatory remarks or actions, performance reviews, and disciplinary actions.
  • Gathering any additional documentation related to your employment and termination.
  • All complaints to your employer should be in writing and submitted via fax, email, or certified letter to create a paper trail.

If you believe you were retaliated against for taking family or medical leave, you need to contact a wrongful termination attorney right away. There are statutes of limitations, so you want to be sure that any complaints are filed in a timely manner to protect your case.

What Compensation Can You Seek if Your Employer Treated You Unfairly for Taking Family or Medical Leave?

There are federal and state laws in place to protect eligible workers who take family or medical leave. If your employer retaliated or terminated you for this, depending on the circumstances of your case, an experienced employment law attorney may be able to help you:

  • Get reinstated in your old position or a position of equal pay and benefits.
  • Receive compensation for the wages and benefits you missed out on while terminated (or twice this amount if your case is brought under federal law).
  • Damages for emotional pain, suffering, and anxiety.
  • Receive compensation for all legal fees and costs involved in pursuing legal action. against your employer.

At Perona, Langer, Beck and Harrison, we have decades of experience in employment law. We understand all the nuances of state and federal law relating to wrongful termination and retaliation for use of family and medical leave and can help you seek the justice you deserve.

Why You Need a Wrongful Termination Lawyer

Navigating wrongful termination for family and medical leave cases can be complex, and it’s crucial to have an experienced lawyer by your side to build a strong case. At Perona, Langer, Beck and Harrison, we are considered one of the best wrongful termination lawyers in Southern California because:

  • Our team has secured hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation for our clients.
  • We understand that each wrongful termination family or medical leave case is unique and tailor our legal strategies accordingly.
  • We have vast experience negotiating with and litigating wrongful termination cases of all types, including family and medical leave.
  • We have the #1 Jury Verdict in the United States for 2022.
  • We operate on a contingency fee basis, meaning you won’t pay us unless we secure compensation for you.
  • We offer risk-free, no-obligation consultations, so you have nothing to lose by contacting us.

Our skilled legal team doesn’t just have decades of experience. We also have ample resources at our disposal allowing us to build and present a compelling argument in court, and we have an excellent track record of winning wrongful termination cases for our clients.

Contact Our Family and Medical Leave Wrongful Termination Lawyers in Southern California

No one deserves to be wrongfully terminated or retaliated against for taking family or medical leave that they are entitled to. If you suspect you’ve been wrongfully terminated for taking family or medical leave, don’t hesitate to contact Perona, Langer, Beck and Harrison at (800) 435-7542 for a free initial consultation. Our knowledgeable retaliation and wrongful termination lawyers are here to guide you through the legal process, protect your rights, and help you obtain the compensation and closure you need.