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Defining wrongful termination in California

Many people have lost their jobs for reasons they find ridiculous or completely made up. However, in almost every state, including California, your employer can fire you for almost any reason without notice. This is because most employment is at-will. In other words, you are allowed to quit for any reason, but you can also be fired for no good reason.

This may seem disadvantageous to workers, but there are laws in place to protect workers in at-will employment states. For example, if you have a contract with your employer, your employer is not allowed to violate that contract to fire you. Employers also are not legally permitted to fire you in retaliation for acting as a whistleblower, filing an EEOC complaint, or reporting illegal activities within the company.

Employers are not legally permitted to fire anyone for a discriminatory reason. This means they cannot fire anyone on the basis of their national origin, race, pregnancy, age, or certain other characteristics.

If a workplace fires someone based on discrimination, in violation of their employment contract, or to retaliate against the employee, the employer could be sued for wrongful termination. It can be difficult to prove the reason for your firing, but an employment law attorney can help you gather the evidence to show that you were wrongfully terminated. Correspondence from your employer, pay stubs, and performance reviews can be very helpful to your case. Employees can also attempt to prove that their employer broke an oral or implied promise by firing them.

If you believe you were fired for an illegal reasons, it may be in your best interest to contact an attorney to discuss your case as soon as possible. The more time that passes after your termination, the more difficult it may be to collect the evidence you need to build your case.

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