In California, “Wrongful Termination” can mean many things. Within the employment spectrum, this can include any termination that is illegal under state or federal law or that violates California's “public policy” and/or terminations which courts have ruled are an illegal basis for termination.
Here are just a few scenarios that may qualify a termination of employment as “wrongful”:
- You were terminated for complaining about something or someone at work;
- You were terminated for complaining to a third party about your employer – for example, filing a claim against your employer with the Labor Board or the DFEH or EEOC;
- You were terminated for refusing to participate in an illegal activity;
- You were terminated for engaging in a “protected activity,” i.e. doing something California or federal law gives you the right to do – for example offering your support and/or belonging to a particular political or activist group; or
- The reasons you were given for your termination appear to be a “cover up” for another reason.
If you feel you have been wrongfully terminated, or you are facing a claim for wrongful termination, we invite you to call or email us to discuss how we can be of assistance with this or any of your employment law needs.
At LOPK, we are dedicated to protecting the rights of employees who have been wrongfully terminated and to counseling businesses not only when they face these types of employment challenges but also to assisting businesses in creating and maintaining a legally compliant employment environment that fosters creativity and a sense of well-being for their employees.