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Former ESPN Tennis Analyst Files Wrongful Termination Lawsuit in California

ESPN Sued for Wrongful Termination in California by Tennis Analyst Doug Adler
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ESPN has been hit with a wrongful termination lawsuit after firing veteran tennis commentator Doug Adler for making what the sports media network is calling a racist remark about Venus Williams during the Australian Open. Adler claims that he is not guilty of any wrongdoing – and that the cable network knows he is innocent.

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Can I Sue My Employer for Wrongful Termination in California?

Can I Sue My Employer for Wrongful Termination in California?
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While practically anyone can get fired at any time for a variety of reasons, there are certain instances where it can be illegal for an employer to terminate an employee. If you have recently been fired or laid off, it is important to understand whether your employer’s reasons for terminating you were legal in the first place. But how do you know when it is appropriate to sue your employer for wrongful termination?

The following article will answer this question and others to help you understand your employee rights under California and federal wrongful termination laws.

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Constructive Discharge in California: When is Quitting a Job Considered Termination?

Constructive Discharge Laws in CaliforniaIf you are an employee in California, you are employed in an at-will state. This means that you can be terminated or demoted by an employer at any time, for any reason and without warning. As a California-based worker, you can also quit your job without reason or warning.

But sometimes when you resign, you may have done so due to working conditions that have become so intolerable and hostile that you simply have to quit your job to get away. And if you can prove that your employer actually coerced you to quit, you may be able to claim constructive discharge and sue for wrongful termination.

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Can I Sue My Employer for Laying Me Off? Understanding California Layoff Laws

Can I Sue My Employer for Laying Me OffIf you’ve recently been laid off, you probably have a lot of questions for your employer when it comes to your final paycheck and employee benefits package. Layoffs can also be particularly confusing if you feel that your employer’s reasons for laying you off may not have been legal in the first place.

The following article will help you understand California layoff laws, and when it may be appropriate to contact an employment attorney to sue your boss for laying you off illegally.

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Wrongful Termination in California: Rock Star Eddie Money Sued for Discrimination and Harassment by Former Drummer

Wrongful Termination Eddie Money Sued for Discrimination and HarassmentA wrongful termination lawsuit was recently filed against Eddie Money by former employee Glenn Symmonds, and Symmonds’fiancée Tami Landrum. Symmonds was once employed as the famed rocker’s drummer.

The lawsuit levels an abundance of accusations against Money, including discrimination based on age, disability, medical condition, plus sexual harassment claims by Landrum. Included in the accusations against the musician are also complaints of battery, assault and false imprisonment.

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Wrongful Termination Lawsuits in Los Angeles: Real Cases

Do you think you may be a victim of wrongful termination? While both federal and state laws protect employees in California from this unlawful employer behavior, it still occurs. But wrongful termination cases can become complicated under California labor law because employees are generally presumed to be “at-will.” This means that your employer can fire you at any moment for any reason at all, without due process and without warning. The exception to this is that employer cannot terminate you for illegal reasons.

If you feel your employer illegally fired you due to a protected characteristic (race, gender, national origin, disability, age, pregnancy, etc.) under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA), the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), or a variety of other laws that make various types of complaints and activities legally protected, then your employer may have violated state or federal law – or both..

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