If your business has employees, the time may come when you have to terminate one of those employees. When that time comes, you may find yourself with a claim for wrongful termination.
While the term “wrongful termination” sounds straightforward enough, it is actually a catch-all term for a diverse collection of claims that can arise out of the termination of employment. Included in this collection are claims for breach of contract, breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing, violation of public policy, false imprisonment, assault and battery, defamation, and infliction of emotional distress.
Under these legal theories, employees can potentially recover lost wages and benefits, damage to reputation, emotional distress damages, punitive damages, and attorneys’ fees. This means that an award arising out of the termination of a single employee can potentially bankrupt a small- or medium-sized business.
I began my career in California, one of the first states to recognize wrongful termination claims. I have more than three decades of experience in preventing and handling such claims.
I can provide you with written policies designed to protect you against the various claims that can arise out of the termination of an employee.
I can also train you and your supervisors in proper techniques to handle employee terminations, so that such terminations will be less likely to result in a legal claim.
Finally, in the event you are presented with a claim arising out of a termination of employment, I can represent you in the case, and maximize the likelihood that you will not be held liable for the termination.
I have over 30 years’ experience in labor and employment matters, and can help you and your business comply with all applicable laws and regulations.
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