Most people in Pasadena are employed “at-will.” This means that their employers can fire them for any legal reason, or for no reason at all. However, even at-will employers must follow certain laws that prohibit them from firing a worker under certain circumstances. Specifically, employers cannot fire a worker for a discriminatory or harassment-based reason. Doing so constitutes wrongful discharge, and employers who engage in this practice are in violation of employment laws.
Some protected categories that employers cannot base a discharge on include the worker’s race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability and age. In addition, employers cannot fire a worker who reports a claim of sexual harassment, is on leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act or has “blown the whistle” on unlawful behavior on the part of the employer.
Wrongful termination can take place in many industries in California, from the manufacturing industry, to the film industry, health care industry and more. Workers who have been wrongfully discharged may be very worried about what their future holds. After all, bills and rent still must be paid, food and clothing purchased and utilities paid, whether a person has a job or not. It can be a very stressful time.
Fortunately, more information is available to those who think they have a claim of wrongful termination. At our law firm, we believe that holding employers responsible for wrongful discharge not only benefits our clients, but also helps prevent similar violations from happening in the future. To learn more about wrongful termination in California, please visit the wrongful termination section of our website.