California is an “at will” employment state but that does not mean that your employer can terminate you for a discriminatory reason.
Discriminatory termination is wrongful termination
The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (“DFEH”) provides you, an employee, with protection from discrimination at work. And this includes discrimination in a company’s hiring and firing process. Your employer, manager or any other representative cannot discriminate against you as a result of any of the following things:
If your employer fires you for any of these reasons, you may be able to bring a wrongful termination lawsuit against them and may be entitled to compensation.
Violating a contract is wrongful termination
Additionally, if you had an employment contract and your employer violated the terms of your employment agreement and terminated you, you may be entitled to compensation because you are not an “at will” employee. If you are not an “at will” employee, your employer can only terminate you with good cause or for a reason laid out in your contract.
Retaliation is illegal
Your employer cannot terminate your employment or deny a promotion if you engage in certain legally protected activities, these including reporting employer or manager misconduct to the appropriate authorities. This includes situations where you may be protected by federal and state whistleblowinglaws.
If you’ve been unfairly terminated for any reason, you may be entitled to compensation from your old employer with the possibility of reinstatement into your old position. Call our office today for a free, no obligation consultation, to discuss your rights and options.