16 Jul Fight back against a wrongful termination
Wrongful termination claims can generally be made when you’re fired or terminated from a job due to one of several reasons such as retaliation or discrimination. In California, you’re hired as an at-will employee, which means that the employer has the right to terminate your employment at any time. You may not be given a reason or there may not be a cause. If you’re able to find out that you were fired for a reason based on your age, sex, gender preference, sexuality, disability, or other protected attributes, then you could have a case for wrongful termination.
Even at-will employment must follow the rules associated with discrimination and retaliation protections for workers, as these acts are not permitted in a workplace. It’s illegal for an employer who finds out you complained about hazards in the workplace, for instance, to fire you for speaking out. It would also be illegal for an employer to fire you for your gender, age, or sexual preferences.
If you think you’ve been wrongfully terminated, it’s important to look at the facts of your case. Were you given a reason for your termination? If not, can you prove why you were terminated and how it was illegal? Did you work in a hostile environment or face harassment for your skin color, sexual orientation, or medical condition? Do you have a disability that could be the reason for your termination?
You have the right to several federal protections under law as an employee, so you don’t have to stand for a termination that wasn’t legal.