The majority of workers in California are “at-will” employees. This means that the employer may terminate the employment relationship at any time, with or without cause. However, there are important exceptions to the “at-will” rule that have been created by the courts, statutes, and public policy.
There are a variety of reasons an employer may not fire an employee, which is why contacting an employment lawyer for a free consultation is important if you have been terminated. There are two main categories for which an employee may not be terminated: (1) Discrimination; and (2) Retaliation.
Discrimination: Age, race, sexual orientation, gender, disability, political affiliation, religion and national origin.
- Whistleblowing (reporting perceived illegal activity to an outside entity/organization)
- Protesting or reporting: discrimination, harassment, wage and hour violations, unsafe work conditions, illegal practices
- Requesting or taking time off for: FMLA leave, maternity Leave, medical leave, disability leave, voting, jury duty
We understand that losing your job is a difficult and stressful situation. Although the law can be complicated in this area, the majority of the laws are set-up to protect you. You cannot afford not to know your rights. Contact an experienced and skilled wrongful termination attorney at Aegis Law Firm to discuss your situation.