When you get a job in California, chances are your employment will be “at-will.” This generally means that your employer can terminate you for almost any reason - even one that seems frivolous - or no particular reason at all. However, employers are still prohibited from terminating you for reasons that violate the law or public policy.
If you believe you might have been wrongfully terminated, it’s important to discuss what happened with an experienced California employment attorney as soon as possible. The Eghbali Law Firm exclusively focuses on standing up for your rights as an employee in California, so please contact us at no cost today for help.
Some reasons that might constitute a wrongful termination include:
Discrimination - Your employer cannot fire you based on your sex, gender, race, age, disability, national origin, religion, or other protected factors
Harassment - Your supervisor cannot engage in quid pro quo harassment, which involves firing you for refusing to engage in sexual conduct
Retaliation - An employer cannot terminate your employment in retaliation for you exercising a legal right, such as complaining about employment violations
Public policy violations - Many reasons for termination violate public policy, including if you refused to engage in illegal behavior requested by your employer, or you participated in a legal obligation such as serving on a jury
Breach of an employment contract - If you did have an employment contract, it should state the reasons why you might be terminated before the contract is up, and a breach of that contract constitutes wrongful termination
You should always feel free to exercise your rights as an employee under California law, and you should not fear that doing so jeopardizes your job. The Eghbali Law Firm is ready to assist you if you believe your termination was wrongful.