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The Facts About Wrongful Termination in California

Posted by Eric Kingsley | Oct 03, 2013 | 0 Comments

Here's what you need to know about wrongful termination in the state of California.

According to California Labor Code, all employees are considered “at will” unless a contract is in place certifying the duration of their employment.   What exactly does that mean to you?  If you are an “At will” employee, it means that your employer has the right to terminate your employment at any time, with or without cause.  The company does not need to provide you with any specific reason for letting you go.  It also means that you, as the employee, may leave your job whenever you like, with or without cause. There are exceptions to the “at will” rule.  Let's explore these now.

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Wrongful Termination – regardless of your “at will” status, California employment law prohibits termination in any of the following situations:

  1. Discrimination of all types: age, race, sexual orientation, gender/sex, disability, religion, national origin, or political affiliation
  2. Retaliation actions from your employer for things such as:
    •   Protesting or reporting them for discrimination, harassment, work condition violations
    •   Filing a worker's compensation claim
    •   Requesting time of off

Determining a wrongful termination can be difficult. That's where having an attorney is extremely valuable. You may be able to collect compensation for lost wages and benefits if you are a victim. Please call Kingsley & Kingsley for a free consultation toll free at 888-500-8469 or locally at 818-990-8300.

 Additional Resources:

Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development 

California Wrongful Termination

About the Author

Eric Kingsley

In practice since 1996, attorney and firm co-founder Eric B. Kingsley has litigated complex cases and authored numerous appellate briefs in both state and federal court on behalf of the California law firm of Kingsley & Kingsley, including over 150 class actions. Mr. Kingsley concentrates his pra...


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