Anyone who has ever been fired or "let go" from a position of employment could tell our readers in California that it certainly is not a pleasant experience. Besides the incredibly awkward interaction involved when an employer informs an employee of the termination of employment, most people who lose their jobs are immediately thrust into a financial crunch due to the loss of income. However, for those who have been fired from employment due to what they believe are illegal reasons, there may be legal options to consider.
Anyone in California who has been fired from a job before knows that it is not a good feeling. We all depend on our jobs to provide the income our families need to buy necessities, so when a person loses a job the impact on the person's family can be significant. However, there are some circumstances in which a person loses a job due to reasons that violate state or federal law. When this occurs, that person may have a valid wrongful termination claim to explore.
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.
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Whenever an employer fires an employee for a reason prohibited by law or by an employment contract, the employee may have a case against the employer for wrongful termination. California law forbids employers from retaliating against an employee if the employee reports a suspected legal violation to the government. What does retaliation mean, and what kinds of behavior are protected from retaliation? Let's talk about this in a little more detail.
When an employer and employee sign an employment contract, the terms of employment must follow the terms of the employment contract. If the employer terminates the employee contrary to the terms of the contract, the employee may be able to sue the employer for wrongful termination.
California employers have broad discretion to fire employees under the employment-at-will rule. Still, if an employer discharges an employee for a reason that is specifically prohibited, the employee may have a wrongful termination case against the employer. One specifically prohibited reason is retaliation for filing a whistleblower claim.
Under the California Family Rights Act, the state of California allows employees to take time off work for a number of health and child-related reasons. These reasons include the birth of a child and the adoption or foster care placement of a child. They also include serious illness experienced by the employee or by the employee's child, parent or spouse. Employers must respect their employees' rights to time off and they cannot fire or otherwise punish an employee for exercising their rights under the law.
Most employers - and most employees - in California have a large amount of freedom to terminate employment relationships under the concept of employment at will. Employers are not allowed to terminate employees for just any reason, however. California and federal law establish a number of limitations on an employer's right to terminate an employee. One of these limitations is the prohibition of retaliating against whistleblower.
No one likes being terminated from a job. The feeling of rejection and abandonment is not entirely easy to take on a psychological level. There are also the financial consequences that will soon come into play because you have now lost your source of income. The sudden loss of your job will also have negative career consequences, as future employers will scrutinize your job history to determine what's "wrong" with you when, in fact, the only thing "wrong" is that you were unlawfully terminated.