California is an “at-will employment” state. This means that, absent a contract or union protection, you can be fired from your job for nearly any reason at any time. However, if the underlying reason for your discharge is prohibited under California state law, you may have cause to take legal action against your former employer.
If you have been wrongfully discharged in Los Angeles, Long Beach, or anywhere in Orange County, Kirtland & Packard, LLP can help. Call our illegal firing attorneys at 855-711-4933 to schedule a free consultation and learn more.
What is an Illegal Firing in California?
Under California employment law, you cannot be let go from your job for reasons surrounding:
- Gender identity
- Sexual orientation
You are also protected from wrongful dismissal due to union activity or whistleblowing. Federal law protects you against termination for serving on a jury, meeting military commitments to the National Guard, or taking time off to vote – even if you live in an at-will state.
It should be noted that, while it is illegal to fire an employee for any of the above reasons, clever employers have found work-arounds that enable them to create excuses that look as if they are operating within the law. If you believe you have been the victim of wrongful termination due to discrimination or for any other reason, we can look into your claim, establish the true reasons for your being let go, and help your secure the lost wages and benefits you are entitled to.
Through legal action following wrongful termination, you may also be able to recover compensation for emotional duress and punitive damages as well. During your free consultation at our El Segundo or San Francisco office we will review your case, discuss your options, and help you determine the best way to get the compensation you deserve.
Have you been wrongfully discharged from your job? Please contact Kirtland & Packard, LLP right away to schedule a free consultation and learn how we can help. We serve all areas of California from our offices in San Francisco and the Los Angeles area.