Ever since you pointed out that mistake your co-worker made, your work days turned into a nightmare. You were insulted, slighted and you believed your work was unfairly critiqued on a regular basis. It got to the point that you could not possibly endure one more day and you had to resign. This might be considered a constructive termination, and in California, you may be able to fight back.
There are different types of unlawful employment actions, and feeling that you had no choice but to quit your job can fall under this heading. A wrongful termination is being fired under illegal grounds, even for an at-will employee. However, if you were not terminated but still felt that continued employment under certain circumstances was not a viable option, then you may be entitled to seek recourse for the choice you felt compelled to make.
If your employer did not outright fire you, but made or allowed others to make your work environment so hostile that you felt you could no longer work for that company, you may have grounds to pursue a remedy. In these situations, time is of the essence. Based on the particular situation you faced, you may be able to pursue a claim against your former employer.
California employment laws vary according to the type of work and employment conditions. However, employers are not permitted to allow discriminatory or other illegal practices to intrude upon your right to an environment that is conducive to a productive and safe work day. If you are convinced that you were a victim of a constructive termination or other unlawful employment decision, you are ensured of the right to consult with an employment law attorney who can help you assess the merits of your possible claim.