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  • Can I Be Fired For My Political Beliefs?
    By Sachi Barreiro, Attorney, University of San Francisco School of Law

    Perhaps now more than ever, Americans are deeply divided when it comes to politics. Discussing politics can lead to heated arguments and even cause rifts in relationship. So what if these issues spill over into the workplace? Can your boss fire you f...

  • Job Termination Rights FAQ for Employees
    By Sachi Barreiro, Attorney, University of San Francisco School of Law

    Learn about your rights and your employer's responsibilities regarding references, your final paycheck, and more. ...

  • Proving Workplace Retaliation
    Updated by Lisa Guerin, ​J.D., Boalt Hall at the University of California at Berkeley

    Retaliation occurs when an employer takes a negative action against an employee because the employee has complained about illegal conduct, such as discrimination, harassment, failure to pay overtime, or workplace safety violations. Most of the laws t...

  • Grounds for a Wrongful Termination Lawsuit
    By Lisa Guerin, ​J.D., Boalt Hall at the University of California at Berkeley

    Most employees in the United States work at will, which means they may be fired at any time, for any reason that is not illegal. It is perfectly legal for an employer to fire an at-will employee for poor performance, to cut costs, to make room for a ...

  • Retaliation and Whistleblowing FAQ
    By Lisa Guerin, ​J.D., Boalt Hall at the University of California at Berkeley

    What is retaliation? Does retaliation happen often? How do I prove retaliation? Other than firing me, what other employer actions can lead to a retaliation claim? Are retaliation and whistle blowing lawsuits the same thing? What are protected activit...

  • Grounds for a Wrongful Termination Lawsuit
    By Lisa Guerin, ​J.D., Boalt Hall at the University of California at Berkeley

    Most employees in the United States work at will, which means they may be fired at any time, for any reason that is not illegal. It is perfectly legal for an employer to fire an at-will employee for poor performance, to cut costs, to make room for a ...

  • Wrongful Termination Claims: How Much Does a Lawyer Cost?

    Lawyers usually charge a contingency fee for handling wrongful termination claims, meaning they receive a percentage of the compensation they win for their clients. See what our survey showed about how much readers paid their attorneys, how lawyers handled the other costs of pursuing these cases, and how much having a lawyer made a difference in the outcome. ...

  • Wrongful Termination Damages: What Kinds of Losses Lead to Higher Compensation?

    Learn how the nature and amount of certain types of losses from a wrongful termination—especially wage loss and emotional damages—affected the amount of compensation that readers received. ...

  • Wrongful Termination: How Much Can I Expect in Compensation?

    We surveyed readers who received settlements or award for wrongful termination to learn how much compensation they received and what made a difference in the payout amounts. ...

  • Wrongful Termination: Were You Fired Illegally or Just Unfairly?

    Our survey showed that less than half of readers received a settlement or award in their wrongful termination case—and many employees who believed they had wrongful termination claims were fired for reasons that weren't illegal. ...

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