California Wrongful Termination

California is an “at-will” employment state, meaning employees can generally be fired at any time, for any reason or no reason at all. However, there are exceptions to the at-will rule that you should be aware of.

If you were fired for discriminatory reasons, in violation of an employment contract, or for exercising certain rights, you may have grounds for a wrongful termination lawsuit. The labor and employment attorneys at Morgan & Morgan can help you assess your legal options.

What Is Wrongful Termination?

To be wrongfully terminated is to be fired for an improper or illegal reason. Because employment in California is at-will, employers exercise a great deal of discretion in firing decisions. However, state and federal labor laws allow exceptions to this rule.

What Are Some Examples of Wrongful Termination in California?

As a worker in California, you may have grounds for a wrongful termination lawsuit if any of the following situations led to your dismissal.

  • Discrimination: Employers are not allowed to fire employees based on protected characteristics including race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
  • Breach of Contract: If you have a contract that promises you continued employment, your employer must hold up their end of the agreement. 
  • Retaliation: An employee can’t be dismissed for filing a complaint, requesting medical leave, or reporting an illegal activity.
  • Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim: In California, employers are prohibited from firing employees for filing work injury claims.

Contact a California Wrongful Termination Lawyer

If you suspect you may have been fired without proper cause, Morgan & Morgan is here to help. Our labor and employment attorneys have filed more cases than any other firm in the country, and with more than $7 billion won across a variety of practice areas, we are uniquely positioned to guide your case to a favorable outcome.

Learn more by scheduling a free, no-risk case evaluation. It costs nothing to get started, and we get paid only if your case is successful. Contact us now

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