According to California law, most company employees are classified as at-will employees. At-will employment means you can be fired for any legal reason with or without cause and with or without notice in advance. The law allows for many reasons an employee could be terminated, but there are a few exceptions to the rule. Essentially, employees can be terminated but not for an “unlawful purpose”.
Wrongful termination is when an employee is fired for an illegal reason. Illegal reasons an employee could be terminated include exercising their rights in the workplace, discrimination and being a whistleblower (meaning you’ve complained about lawbreaking within the company).
While most wrongful termination actions fall into one of the three major categories of discrimination, whistleblowing or exercising of employee rights, there are other, less common forms of wrongful termination. A Los Angeles wrongful termination attorney can help you discern if you have been wrongfully terminated.
California law also protects employees against employer retaliation. Retaliation means firing an employee for performing a lawful act or for reporting illegal activity within the company.
A Los Angeles employer retaliation attorney at The Law Offices of Matthew Rabban can help you find out if your termination was the result of employer retaliation and get you the justice and penalties you deserve.