Unlawful Termination Due to Illness?

Unlawful Termination Due to Illness?

  • Feb 01, 2022
  • Blog
  • Michael Burgis & Associates, P.C

Are you a victim of an unlawful termination due to illness? Or because you were helping a family member who was ill?

If so, you have legal options that can help you obtain just compensation for your losses. Being terminated because of an illness is disability discrimination, and it is a form of unlawful termination.

Understanding Your Employment Rights in California

Being in a situation where you cannot work because of an illness, either yours or a loved one’s, is a terrible burden to bear. Those who become sick never ask for their illness. At the same time, no one is immortal. And sadly, illness is a part of life.

When illness does strike an individual or a family, there are laws in place in the state of California that can protect affected employees from wrongful termination. Existing employers must not look at their employees regarding their medical conditions. If they do and carry out an “adverse employment action,” such as termination, this is illegal. A lawyer could help you bring a case against such an employer, and you might then be eligible for damages.

Most importantly, employers are mandated to give employees who become ill two weeks of unpaid leave if that employee has worked there for at least a year.

Action Steps

Due to a medical condition, being wrongfully terminated can be highly upsetting and demoralizing. It can make you feel inadequate and insufficient for something you did not choose, which was entirely out of your control.

In turn, this can snowball into more profound issues that may persist over time. No one deserves to be treated like a second-class citizen just because of a medical condition. The state of California has laws in place to protect you.

Suppose you’ve found yourself in a situation that is similar to the one described above. In that case, several factors will determine whether you have a legitimate claim or not. Your best course of action is to explore your options. Meet with an attorney to explain your situation, and they will be able to help guide you on the right path.

Suppose an attorney can see that you have a strong case against your former employer. In that case, they will be able to talk you through the details of bringing a lawsuit against them.

Were You Wrongfully Terminated Because of an Illness? Contact Michael Burgis and Associates Today

At Michael Burgis and Associates, we specialize in employment law and ensuring the employment rights of all workers in the state of California. If you were the victim of discrimination or harassment in the workplace, we could help. This includes wrongful termination due to a medical condition.

Contact us today to set up an appointment with one of our experts. Our employment attorneys would be happy to discuss your case with you and explore your legal options.

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