Many people who get fired from their jobs in California believe that the termination of employment was wrong. After all, we all depend on our jobs for income to support ourselves and our families, so when a job is taken away from us for what we believe were the wrong reasons, some people may feel compelled to take legal action. But, it is important to determine if your termination of employment was, indeed, “wrongful.”
So, what are some of the reasons behind wrongful termination of employment in California? Well, most people can go through a kind of “checklist” to see if they may have the basis for a valid legal claim. For starters, did the termination of employment involve discrimination? Most forms of employment discrimination, including discrimination based on gender, religion, age, disability and race, are illegal under federal and state laws. A firing for a discriminatory reason may be the basis for a wrongful termination claim.
Sexual harassment is also sometimes a factor in wrongful termination claims. When an employer engages in unwanted sexual advances, for example, or threatens an employee with retaliation if the employee does not engage in some type of sexual activity, that constitutes sexual harassment. If the employer ultimately fires an employee who claims that sexual harassment was occurring in the workplace, that may be a valid basis for a wrongful termination claim.
California residents need to be aware of their legal rights when it comes to employment law. A wrongful termination is an act for which employers need to be held accountable.