Wrongful termination in California is when an employee is fired for an illegal reason. Here’s everything to know about wrongful termination.

An employee cannot be fired from their job on the basis of their race, gender, background, religion, or whether they have a disability. Job termination on any of these grounds would be considered wrongful termination under federal law. A person also cannot be fired because they filed a legal complaint against their employer/company, or if they were a whistleblower who exposed their employer’s inappropriate behavior. A whistleblower is a person who comes forward (anonymously or named) and reports issues of fraud, abuse, or corruption to protect others.

What are some examples of wrongful termination?

Not all situations of wrongful termination are the same, but these examples can help one understand whether their incident qualifies.

Examples of discrimination against a person in the workplace include but are not limited to:

  • Age (at or above the age of 40),
  • Criminal conviction status,
  • Culture,
  • Disability,
  • Ethnicity,
  • Family,
  • Gender,
  • Sexual orientation,
  • Physical and mental condition, or
  • Political affiliation.

Related: How to Prove Wrongful Termination in California

This list of issues that warrant wrongful termination is not exhaustive. More information on anti-discrimination laws on the federal and statewide scale, such as the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Age Discrimination Act of 1975, The Equal Pay Act of 1963, and the Americans with Disabilities Act can be found here.

Related: Wrongful Termination Laws in California

What does wrongful termination look like in California?

California is considered an “at-will” state. This means that an employer or employee can be terminated at any time without any cause or advance notice. Therefore, if a person suspects that they have been wrongfully terminated for any of the aforementioned reasons, they may need to be a bit more proactive in stating their case.

Related: Grounds for a Wrongful Termination Claim in California

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