I'm very sorry about your situation. I have to explain somethings to you first, so that you get a better impression of your situation.
California recognizes the concept of "at will
" employment. That means that without an employment contract that states that you can only be terminated "for cause" you can technically be terminated for any reason or no reason at all (other than race, religion, gender, age, disability, FMLA use or worker's comp use.
Logically, it follows that if you can be terminated in such a fashion, you can also be placed on administrative leave for the same reasons.
What that means for you is that there is no external law that dictates how the employer should act here. But there is something else that may help and that is the employer's own policies. An employer must follow its policies equally and fairly if it has bothered to have them.
So, what matters for you is the wording of the school's policies and procedures on suspensions/terminations
. You need to obtain that policy and ensure that the school follows it by the letter. If they do not, then they are in violation of that "quasi-contractual obligation." You would be able to sue them in court for violation of their "agreement" with the employees.
So, do you need an attorney right now? I'm never one to discourage seeking counsel, but there is not much that can be done at this point. If the school decides to fire you, the attorney can't make that stop. The attorney can only sue after the fact. Perhaps bringing an attorney in now might unnecessarily inflame the situation. At the same time, it might make the employer come to its senses.
This is a personal choice, with positives and negatives for either choice.
If you are going to get an attorney, you want an employment law
plaintiff's attorney. Call the California state bar to get a recommendation or go to www.martindale.com and do a search. Look for attorneys that are rated CV or BV.
Edited by Jagcorps_esq on 12/6/2009 at 8:34 PM EST