California is an at-will employment state, meaning private employers can discipline or fire an employee at any time without needing to give a reason to the employee. This does not mean that you have no rights as an employee, however. If you feel that your employment was terminated improperly, don't wait to get in touch with Law Offices of Wendy Musell to enforce your rights.
State and federal employees and employees of public entities, UC and CSU employees usually have additional due process rights, including only “for cause” termination.
Employers are forbidden to discriminate against any employee on the basis of:
- National Origin
- Sexual orientation
- Marital status
- National origin
- Gender identity
- For making whistleblower complaints
- For complaining of wage theft and not being paid minimum wage, overtime, bonuses, or meal and rest breaks
- You are also protected from being fired for refusing to participate in any illegal activity.
Employers are prohibited from:
- Firing or transferring employers to keep them from collecting their sales commissions
- Misleading employees about their chances for promotions and wage increases
- Inventing reason to terminate an employee in order to replace them for another who will work for less
- Failing to mention or inadequately mentioning negative aspects of a job, such as travel
- Repeatedly transferring an employee to remote, dangerous, or otherwise undesirable locations
When you contact us to fight for you in a wrongful termination suit, you can have peace of mind knowing your case is in capable hands. Our attorneys can work to recover your lost wages, including future lost wages, retirement, emotional distress damages and punitive damages.