Wrongful termination is a violation of the law in California. It’s a scenario where an employer fires an employee in a way that violates their contract or violates state or local employment law. There are different terminations that fall under wrongful termination, most of which are connected to discrimination against a protected class.
Examples of wrongful termination
The clearest cases of wrongful termination are the ones where an employer fires an employee because of their race, gender, sexuality, age or some other protected class membership. However, these cases can still be hard to prove because employers tend not to leave evidence that they fired their employee for an illegal reason. Other protected cases include employees who become whistleblowers or otherwise raise concerns about work; retaliation against them in the form of termination is not lawful.
Wrongful termination violations can be challenging to prove, but the consequences for workers can be severe. Employers can use the threat of termination to silence internal accountability or to push out classes of people they do not like. Worker protections for wrongful termination are in place to make sure that employers cannot threaten the livelihood of workers who speak out against unethical or illegal activity in the workplace.
Wrongful termination is a key element in employment law at the state and federal level. When making such a claim, it’s important to follow up on all the evidence and details of a potential wrongful termination, so employees should make sure to save any relevant emails and download them to a personal computer or phone to save them as well as texts or any other written communications connected to a termination.