Wrongful termination in California goes beyond a firing that some think was unjustified. As our Los Angeles wrongful termination attorneys can explain, it refers to an employment agreement that’s ended by the employer in violation of the worker’s legal rights. It means that the reason for one’s firing was because of discriminatory reasons, in violation of the employment contract or in retaliation for the employee exercising his or her legal rights.
It’s important to point out that California is an at-will state, so companies can fire employees for any time without cause, reason or advance notice. In order for one’s firing to be considered wrongful termination, former employees need to show it was due to reasons expressly prohibited by state or federal law.
The laws most commonly cited in wrongful termination cases include:
- Title VII of the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964
- California Fair Employment and Housing Act
- Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967
- Equal Pay Act
- Americans With Disabilities Act
- California Family Rights Act
- Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Family Act