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How Long Do You Have to File a Wrongful Termination Lawsuit in California?

September 28, 2021 Legal Team

You may think that wrongful termination doesn’t happen often.

Think again.

According to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), at least 150,000 workers are wrongfully terminated from their jobs each year.

If you believe you’ve been unjustly fired from your job, you may wonder how long you have to file a wrongful termination lawsuit. Read on to find out.

California Statute of Limitations for Wrongful Termination

If you are unjustly let go from your job, you have two years from the date of termination to file a lawsuit per §335.1 of the Code of Civil Procedure.

If your employer has breached your contract, the statute of limitations for such wrongful termination claims is four years from the date of termination, per §337 of the Code of Civil Procedure.

However, if the contract is oral or implied, the statute of limitations for these kinds of wrongful termination cases is two years, according to §339.

For violations of the Labor Code, the statute of limitations is three years, but if you file a claim for a penalty under the Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 (PAGA), you must do so within one year of the termination.

Don’t Wait to Take Action

If you believe you’ve been unjustly terminated from your position, it’s critical that you seek legal assistance for your case right away. While you may have some time to file a lawsuit according to the law, it’s never wise to wait on an issue like this.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to Aegis Law Firm right away with any questions you may have. We are ready and prepared to help you find the answers you need.

Contact our office today with the details of your case by calling (949) 379-6250 or by filling out the online contact form.