California is an at-will state, which means that an employer does not need good cause to terminate an employee. At the same, both state and federal laws make certain workplace behaviors illegal.
For example, termination based on a protected category, including race, color, religion, sex or national origin, is prohibited. It is also illegal for an employer to retaliate against an employee who utilized employment rights, such as family and medical leave, or reported discrimination or sexual harassment in the workplace.
Our law firm has helped many clients who have been terminated for an unlawful reason. If this has happened to you, don’t feel ashamed or embarrassed. Consult with an employment law firm, like ours, that focuses on wrongful termination claims. There is also a statute of limitations for bringing these claims, so don’t delay.