The state of California is considered an “at-will” employment state. This means that an employer can fire any employee for any reason, whenever the employer decides to do so. However, employers are prevented from terminating employment for specific reasons that are considered illegal. Wrongful termination laws exist to protect employees, though many workers may not be aware of their full rights in this area.
When an employee bears witness to company action that he or she believes is wrong, they may not question reporting the incident to the proper authorities. Unfortunately, employees are sometimes unfairly retaliated against for this behavior, commonly called “whistleblowing.” They may be subject to unfair treatment at their workplace or even fired, all for attempting to do the right thing. There is opportunity for recourse, in that employees so affected can file a wrongful termination lawsuit against their former company. This is the situation one California nurse found herself in recently.
Though most employees have confidence in the security of their job, many do not. Employees who are unexpectedly fired may find it difficult to pay their bills or manage their expenses. If they feel that there is a valid reason why they should not have been let go, they may decide to file a wrongful termination claim against their former employer. One former California State University employee has done just that after he claimed that he was fired for research that contradicted a belief that many of his other colleagues share.
Though most employees are satisfied with the conditions of their jobs, there are times when some of them may witness bad practices on the part of their companies. While they may decide that speaking up is the best course of action, they could be punished for doing so by being fired from their position. An unexpected job loss can make it difficult for a person to make ends meet or provide for their family. They may choose to file a wrongful termination suit against their former employer, which is just what two California employees have done.
A man who has worked as a Catholic high school teacher since 1998 was terminated from his position for reasons he believes are discriminatory. The former California teacher lost his job shortly after he married his same-sex partner. He recently filed a wrongful termination claim against the school.
After recorded conversations leaked, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, Donald Sterling, was banned from the NBA. Donald Sterling filed a wrongful termination claim in a California courtroom against the NBA and the Commissioner. He claimed that his constitutional rights were violated and that the contract was breached.
A firefighter has brought a claim against a fire chief and the city after he was terminated. He filed a wrongful termination suit, claiming that he lost $180,000 in pay and other damages. In 2011, the California firefighter was accused of sexual battery of several women, and the following year, he was acquitted of the charges.
Kaiser is faced with a legal battle with a former employee. The former employee filed a wrongful termination claim in a California courtroom after she claims she was forced to endure religious and racial discrimination. The employee belonged to the Muslim religion and was previously working as a supervisor in the collections department.
At some point in time during employment, workers may experience an illness. Some of these illnesses, such as cancer, are serious in nature and may force employees to take on lighter job duties. At times, employers may frown upon this and may terminate the employees. A former California jail manager filed a wrongful termination suit after he allegedly lost his position due to cancer.
The loss of a job position for any reason can put a worker and their family in financial and emotional distress. When this happens, California workers are usually forced to find another avenue of employment or file for unemployment just to pay the bills. If a worker feels they were wrongfully discharged, however, they could have legal options available to pursue. A company called CarMax is faced with a wrongful termination lawsuit from one of its former employees.