According to a recent news article from the Los Angeles Times, an employee who was fired from a prominent aerospace company filed a lawsuit against his employer claiming that his employer wrongfully terminated him. Unfortunately for this employee, a California jury did not agree with his claims, and a verdict was returned in favor of his former employer.
While California is an employment at will state, meaning that an employer can fire an employee for any reason and at any time without a showing of good cause, there are certain exceptions to this rule. One exception would be where the employee (possibly through a union collective bargaining agreement) has a contract that requires a showing of good cause to terminate the employee. Continue reading