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Wrongful Termination

If you've been wrongfully terminated from your job, our team of employment law specialists can help you fight back. We'll work tirelessly to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I sue my boss if I was an "at-will" employee?

YES! In California, the relationship of employer and employee is generally “at will.” This means that, without an employment contract, the employer or the employee can terminate the employment relationship at any time, with or without cause. However, an employer CANNOT fire you for any reason that violates state or federal law. Having a wrongful termination lawyer will help prove that you were fired for illegal reasons.

What laws protect me from being fired illegally?
  • Anti-Discrimination Laws

  • Anti-Retaliation Laws

  • Protected Activities

  • Violations of Public Policy

What are Anti-Discrimination laws?

Both state and federal statutes prohibit termination on the basis of certain characteristics. This means that you CANNOT be fired based on your:

  • Age, for people 40 and older

  • Gender identity, gender expression and transgender status

  • Marital status

  • Medical conditions (including genetic characteristics and genetic information)

  • National origin and ancestry (including driver’s licenses for undocumented workers)

  • Physical or mental disability

  • Pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions

  • Race and color

  • Religion

  • Sex (including sexual harassment)

  • Sexual orientation

  • Military and veteran status

  • Union activity

What are Anti-Retaliation laws?

Your employer cannot terminate you because you exercised a right granted by a state or federal statute. Typically, employee anti-retaliation claims occur when an employee refuses to violate the law. For example, disposing of hazardous waste improperly or accepting less than the minimum wage or mandatory overtime rate, or when an employee “blows the whistle” to a government agency on an employer believed to be violating the law. Whistleblower claims are continually on the rise. A wrongful termination lawyers will assist you in showing that you were retaliated against.

What are Protected Activities?

Your boss cannot fire you for participating in activities that are protected by the law. Examples of this include:

  • Being subject to wage garnishment

  • Disclosing or refusing to disclose wages

  • Voluntarily participating in an alcohol or drug rehabilitation program

  • Refusing to authorize the disclosure of medical information

  • Jury duty

  • Political Activity

  • Military service

  • Acting as volunteer firefighter, reserve police officer or emergency rescue personnel

  • Refusing to patronize employer

  • Refusing to commit an illegal act

  • Taking time off to appear at a child’s school about a suspension

  • Taking time off for a child’s school or child care activities

  • Maintaining privacy of arrest records that do not lead to convictions

  • Refusing to participate in abortions

  • The results of a blood test for AIDS

  • Serving as an election officer on Election Day

  • Reporting apparent victims of abuse or neglect, as obligated by statute

  • Disclosing information on a violation of law to a government or law enforcement agency

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This means there are no initial fees incurred by the client and you pay nothing unless we win your case. If we don’t get you a recovery, you pay nothing.

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