Wrongful Termination

When is termination a “wrongful termination” under California law?
The California Supreme Court held in 1992 that:
“While an at-will employee may be terminated for no reason, or for an arbitrary or irrational reason, there can be no right to terminate for an unlawful reason or a purpose that contravenes fundamental public policy.”
Gantt v. Sentry Ins. (1992) 1 Cal. 4th 1083.
A Wrongful Termination occurs when an employer forces an employee on leave of absence, fires, or terminates an employee for illegal reasons.  This means that even though the employment may be “at-will” an employer cannot fire an employee for an illegal reason.
“At-will” means an employee can quit a job at any time for any reason and that an employer can fire an employee at any time for any reason.  However, an employer cannot fire or terminate an employee for an illegal reason.
What is an “illegal reason?”  An illegal reason is one that violates California law.  For example, an employer cannot fire an employee based on their race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, or sexual orientation.  “Illegal reason” also includes a forced leave/firing/terminating an employee for being a whistleblower, complaining about illegal activity of the employer, or where the termination violates public policy.
If you believe you have been wrongfully terminated because of your race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, sexual orientation or other illegal reason we are here to help you. Allow our attorneys to help you work through this awful situation today.  Give the lawyers at The Aarons Law FirmEncino Wrongful Termination, Discrimination and Harassment Lawyersa call to see if we can help to keep Justice On Your Side.

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