Wrongful Termination

Wrongful Termination means that an employee was fired in violation of California or federal employment laws. Many employees mistakenly believe that because they were told that their employment is "at will," this means they can be fired for any reason at all. This is not true. There are many circumstances where an employee is protected by our laws.

For example, employees cannot be fired for reporting illegal or improper conduct at work or reporting safety violations (whistleblower protections). Likewise, employers cannot fire employees because of their race, religion, national origin, age, gender or sexual orientation. Employees also cannot be fired due to disability, taking medical leave or for being pregnant. If an employee is fired for turning down a sexual advance, that is also against the law. Sometimes employees are forced to quit instead of being fired for these reasons, and can still be protected by the law even though they may not have technically been "fired."