This might not make sense to some people, but it can actually be difficult to identify wrongful termination. For example, if an employer has been thinking about getting rid of a worker for illegal reasons, he or she may disguise the termination by listing a legal reason for firing the worker. Because the vast majority of employment in California is “at-will,” wrongful termination can go completely overlooked.
As advocates for all American workers, we strive to make sure employees across the state are able to identify whether they have been terminated in a wrongful manner. A good first step involves understanding what at-will employment means. In simple terms, it means that an employer does not need a reason to fire workers. However, this does not mean that an employer can be discharged in an act of discrimination.
Those who lost their job for any of the following reasons are victims of wrongful termination and should seek legal assistance right away.
- Fired due to your gender, your age or your race
- Fired because of your religious beliefs
- Fired due to a pregnancy
- Fired because you are disabled
- Fired due to your national origin
As we said it above, it can be challenging to identify a wrongful termination based on discrimination. Sometimes, the worker just feels like something was off about the termination. Other times, the worker may be sure he or she was fired for a wrongful reason, but may lack proof.
In both cases, it is wise to pursue the matter further. Doing so can provide you with a legal remedy for the harm you have suffered and can prevent the employer from treating other workers the same way. Read more about wrongful termination by visiting our website.