Every day across the country and here in California, people lose their jobs. In some cases, the termination of a person's employment is for cause or is otherwise legal. However, in some cases, a firing could be considered illegal and the worker could have a claim for wrongful termination.
Every California employer is supposed to have policies and procedures to protect employees against discrimination, harassment and/or retaliation. Discrimination based on gender, race and age, among other traits, is in violation of federal and state laws. Employees are entitled to be free from harassment of any kind.
Some employees suffer retaliation for reporting co-workers and/or supervisors who they believe are engaging in discriminatory or harassing behaviors. Other employees may be victims of retaliation because they report certain employees or the company itself for being in violation of any number of state and federal laws. The termination of these individuals may be protected under whistleblower laws.
As you can see, any number of circumstances can lead to a wrongful termination claim. The second part of the equation is to what damages would you be entitled? Every case is unique, and not all cases are eligible for the same types of damages.
A plethora of variables exist in both the filing of a wrongful termination claim and in the types of damages you could receive. Therefore, it is imperative that you contact an attorney as soon as possible to review the facts of your case. If an investigation into the situation warrants the filing of a claim, the appropriate steps can then be taken to ensure that you receive all of the damages -- both monetary and non-monetary -- to which you are entitled.