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What consitutes wrongful termination?

If you have recently been terminated from your job and you don't believe that your employer had a right to do so, you will likely find the following information helpful. Do you know what constitutes wrongful termination? It can encompass a number of actions, including some of these:

-- Terminated on the basis of race, religion, gender, ethnicity, pregnancy or other reason that is protected by local, state and federal anti-discrimination laws.

-- Terminated because you were a whistleblower that reported illegal activities, including government fraud.

-- Terminated because you filed a complaint about sexual harassment in the workplace.

-- Terminated in a manner that constituted breach of contract.

-- Terminated because you refused to do an illegal act.

These are just of few of the reasons why you may have been fired that would be considered wrongful termination. In the state of California, employees are considered "at-will." While in most cases, this means that an employer has a right to terminate a person's employment at any time, it does not mean that an employer can violate the law when doing so.

An employee who has been wrongfully terminated has a right to seek compensation for many claims, including back and front pay, reinstatement, promotion, punitive and compensatory damages, attorney's fees and more. Because there can be so much at stake in such a lawsuit, it is important to consider the advice of an experienced California employment attorney. You have rights when it comes to wrongful termination, and an attorney can help protect these rights as your case moves through the courts.

Source: FindLaw, "Was I Wrongfully Discharged From My Job?" Sep. 18, 2014

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