An incident at a colleague's birthday party three years ago cost a Los Angeles County firefighter his job. The fire engineer was accused of sexually abusing four women at the party -- an accusation the man did not deny. However, the firefighter, who was drinking alcohol at the nightclub event, claimed that someone slipped him a date rape drug that led to the illegal behavior.
The country's largest auto dealer, AutoNation, has been sued by two employees for a number of claims including wrongful termination, sexual harassment, retaliation, unfair business practices and wage and hour violations. Two men were fired from AutoNation for allegedly not participating in trips to the strip club, illicit drug use and other inappropriate acts.
Many individuals have to take time off work due to an illness or medical condition. Employees are entitled to medical leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). In California, employees are also entitled to leave for a serious health condition under the California Family Rights Act (CFRA). Due to the current economy and uncertain job security, many workers question if they will have a job when they come back from leave, or if they should risk taking medical leave at all. Some employees worry that they will be fired while on medical leave.
Everyone has the right to work his or her job, regardless of industry or employer, without the fear of wrongful termination. Unfortunately, this is still a problem in today's day and age. It is not uncommon for somebody to be terminated from their position for all the wrong reasons.
In the state of California, an employer is prohibited from firing an employee if doing so would violate public policy. This holds true despite the fact that California has been established as an at-will employment state.
Many employers tell workers why they are being let go, just as many employees still include reasons for leaving in resignation letters. Labor laws in California and many other states permit employment "at-will," which means reasons aren't mandatory when a worker quits or an employer ends the relationship.