Being fired from your job can cause extreme duress, and chances are a terminated employee is experiencing all sorts of emotions, from confusion to anger. Despite the reasons cited by your employer for the termination, all workers are protected by employment laws to an extent; however, it can be extremely difficult to prove employees have been wrongfully terminated.
California is an at-will employment state, meaning that both employers and employees may terminate the employment at any point and time with no advance warnings.
“An employer may terminate its employees at will, for any or no reason,” the Supreme Court of California ruled in 2000.
This language is a little deceiving—employers may not discriminate against any protected class when they terminate employees, including race, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, handicap or gender. If an employee complains about any sort of abuse, harassment, unsafe or illegal practices in the workplace they are protected from any retaliation under wrongful termination and whistleblower protection laws.
Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob—Los Angeles wrongful termination lawyers