The law provides that employees may not be fired for an unlawful reason. Firing an employee for an unlawful reason is what is known as “wrongful termination.” In California, employees are considered to be “at will employees” which means that you can fired at any time for any reason. However, workers are entitled to certain legal protections against wrongful discharge, and cannot be fired for employer actions that violate either the law or public policy. This includes, discrimination on the basis of race, disability, national origin, age, religion, complaining of unsafe working conditions or illegal activity. Violating the law or a contract of employment entails liability upon employers; meaning that if you have been fired for an unlawful reason, you may be entitled to recover damages.
More Wrongful Termination FAQs
- What is Wrongful Termination?
- Does my employer have to give me a reason for my termination?
- What if I am not sure of the reason of my termination?
- Does my employer have to give me a severance package if I am terminated?
- How do I know if I am entitled to unemployment compensation?
- If I lose my job, will my health insurance continue?
- What to do if you feel you have been a victim of discrimination at your place of work?
- What laws protect employees against discrimination?
- Am I protected against retaliation if I complain of discrimination?
- Why should I hire Aegis Law Firm as my employment lawyers?
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