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California Wrongful Termination

Unless you have an employment contract with your employer or are bound by a union contract, the California Labor Code says that employment in the state is "at will." This means your employer is free to terminate you at any time for almost any reason. (Similarly, you are free to quit whenever you want.) But there are some instances where it's illegal to fire, lay off or otherwise terminate a worker. (We call these situations wrongful termination.) Talk to a wrongful termination attorney or employment law lawyer if you think you've been illegally let go from your job. You may have a valid legal claim against your employer.

Illegal Reasons to Terminate a Worker

Even if you work in an at-will employment state such as California, there are several times when an employer cannot terminate an employee. You may be a victim of wrongful termination if:

  • You've been terminated because your are the victim of discrimination. Federal and California laws make it illegal for an employer to discriminate against employees because of sex, religion, race and skin color, disability, marital status, pregnancy, national origin, age (if you're at least 40 years old) and sexual orientation.
  • You have an employment contract or union contract and you were terminated in violation of that contract. You may even have a wrongful termination case against your employer if you can prove you had an implied job contract with your employer.
  • You were fired for refusing to break a law for your employer.
  • You were fired for doing something you're allowed to do under federal or California law, such as filing a workers' compensation claim.

If you've been terminated for any of these reasons, contact a discrimination lawyer, employment attorney or wrongful termination lawyer as soon as possible. Depending on the nature of your dismissal, you may have just a short period of time in which to file a claim against your former employer.

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