“I can’t believe I was fired!”
Though most people feel this way, in some cases it is actually a legal issue and we can help you determine if you were fired unfairly and if you are entitled to any compensation. In California, “wrongful termination” generally refers to an employee being fired when in fact, they should not have been.
California Wrongful Termination and “At Will” Employment: California, like many states, is an “at will” state. This means your boss may terminate you for any reason or no reason at all, at any time.
Discrimination: An Employer may not discriminate against an employee on the basis of age, race, sex, national origin, disability, or for a variety of other reasons.
Whistleblower: Employers cannot discriminate against an employee for being a whistleblower, i.e. reporting an employer for an illegal action.
Protected Action: An employer may not discriminate against an employee for engaging in other protected activities, such as filing a workers’ compensation claim or taking medical leave that is protected under the Family Medical Leave Act. Under both federal law and California labor laws, wrongful termination is against the law and if an employer fires an employee because of one of these reasons an employee can sue and seek damages.
What if I had an Employment Contract? If an employment contract exists, the employee may only be fired for willful misconduct or other just cause. This includes a collective bargaining agreement entered into by union employees.
Other than these exceptions, and a few more obscure ones, California employers may terminate the employment relationship even if they simply do not like the employee.
Just because you feel it was wrong doesn’t mean it was illegal, but that’s why we’re here. Call my experienced staff at UELG today and we can review your case for free. Let us give you the peace of mind that your rights are being protected. We will work to get you all the compensation you are owed.
It’s important to remember that an employer who violates one law has likely violated others. This is why we always look at your case from all angles to determine all areas of violation and possible compensation.