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Determining if you were a victim of wrongful termination

Because most employment in California is "at will," it can be challenging to prove wrongful termination. At will employment means that employers and employees may end the working arrangement with or without a cause. However, this does not mean that employers can break employment laws to get rid of a worker.

Many people suspect they were the victim of wrongful termination, but they may not know for certain. This uncertainty often prevents potential victims from taking legal action against their employer. An employment law attorney can help you determine if your employer fired you illegally. If you want to feel more sure about your termination before contacting a lawyer, see if any of the following situations match your own.

Discriminatory termination: If your employer discriminated against you during your employment, it might be a sign of wrongful termination.

Violating stated or implied promises: If you signed an employment contract outlining the work arrangement, your termination might be wrongful if the employer breached this contract.

Protected public activities: Your employer cannot fire you for engaging in certain public or civil duties. Examples include jury duty, taking time away from work to vote and serving in the military.

Retaliation: If you report employer-involved fraud or other illegal activities, your employer may not terminate you just because you made such a report.

Wrongful termination can make you feel like a victim and these feelings can last for a long time. Taking action against your employer gives you closure and peace of mind. Best of all, holding your former boss legally responsible may save other workers from suffering the same fate.

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