The vast majority of California employees are employed "at-will." An at-will employee can be fired (or "terminated) at any time, for almost any reason.
However, an employer in California who fires an at-will employee because she is a member of a Protected Class will be liable for Discrimination, Retaliation, and Wrongful Termination under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act.
A California employer also cannot legally fire an employee because he engaged in any one of hundreds of activities protected under California anti-retaliation laws, including:
It's still important to understand that a California at-will employee can legally be fired at any time for many reasons that might seem unfair. For example, an employer in Orange, California could fire a worker simply because:
Ultimately, the California "at will" rule also allows an employer to fire or lay off an employee for no reason at all. That's why California employers usually refuse to give any reason at all when they fire an employee in order to protect themselves if they face lawsuits from those employees after termination.
If you think you've been a victim of wrongful termination, you need to understand the powerful rights available to employees under California law. Please don't delay - call and schedule a free consultation with our Orange, CA Wrongful Termination specialists today!
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The information above does not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter. Every case is different, but the need to seek timely advice always applies.