Although employment in California is called “at will,” that doesn’t mean employers can fire workers for any reason at all. For example, in California you cannot be fired for any reason having to do with who you are-- your race, sex, gender, age, disability, religion, nationality or sexual orientation. Wrongful termination can arise even when you are not fired. You could have a claim for wrongful termination if you have experienced any of the following:
- You have been fired on account of your race, sex, gender, age, disability, religion, nationality or sexual orientation;
- You quit your job because your workplace became so intolerable and you had no reasonable option other than to quit;
- You have been wrongfully (on account of your race, sex, gender, age, disability, religion, nationality or sexual orientation) demoted;
- You have been wrongfully suspended without pay;
- You have been wrongfully disciplined;
- Your pay has been wrongfully cut; or,
- You were wrongfully denied a promotion.
If you have been fired – or even just disciplined, suspended, demoted or denied a promotion – and you don’t think your employer had a legitimate basis for taking that action against you, you might have a claim.
You can't be fired for any reason having to do with 'who you are'.
Many times, someone has been illegally fired and they don’t even know it. So if you’ve been fired or treated unfairly by an employer, let us know. Or, if you are unsure and have more questions about wrongful termination, let us know. One of our lawyers can figure out if you have a claim. All you need to do is contact us. There is no charge, and anything you tell us is kept confidential.