Even though California is an at-will employment state, that does not mean your employer has the right to fire you for any reason. In fact, California has some of the most stringent labor laws in the country.
Read on to learn about three examples of wrongful termination in California.
#1 - Racial Discrimination
Race is protected by both federal and state laws. It is unlawful for your employer to treat you differently based on your race or the color of your skin. Some examples of racial discrimination in the workplace include:
- The segregation of employees of a particular race in certain positions
- Decisions about termination based on race
- Racial stereotyping
- Complaining about racial discrimination in the workplace
#2 - Sexual Harassment
According to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, sexual harassment is unlawful. However, certain work environments have engrained sexual harassment into the daily duties of the job to the point where employees find it challenging to be productive and efficiently conduct their working duties.
Sometimes, employees may even be forced to quit as a result of the inability to continue tolerating the harassment. If you’re fired due to sexual harassment or for reporting acts of sexual harassment, you may have a viable case. Even if you quit your job due to sexual harassment, you may still have a case for both monetary and punitive damages.
#3 - Family and Medical Leave Act Violations
According to the federal Family and Medical Leave Act, you have the right to take a leave of absence from work when you fall ill, must care for an ill loved one, or are taking care of and bonding with your newborn or new baby. You are entitled to returning to work without fear of retaliation.
Note: Private employers must employ 50+ people for at least 20 weeks per year in order for employees to qualify for these protections.
If you’ve worked for the company for at least one year and for no less than 1,250 hours, you may obtain up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave.
Contact our office today with the details of your case by calling (800) 543-4829 or by filling out the online contact form.