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What are the different types of wrongful termination?

On Behalf of | Feb 8, 2022 | Wrongful Termination |

Although wrongful termination is illegal, some California residents end up being victims of it. There are different claims of wrongful termination that are important to know.

What is wrongful termination?

Wrongful termination relates to an employee being illegally fired. There are different wrongful termination claims.

What are the different types of wrongful termination claims?

If an employee has been illegally terminated, they can file a wrongful termination claim against their employer. There are different types of wrongful termination claims that can be filed. One of the most common is retaliation. For example, if an employee is fired out of retaliation for being a whistleblower and reporting the company for illegal activity, they can file a claim.

Discrimination is another claim for wrongful termination. An employer might fire an employee for their race, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, pregnancy or gender identity. These statuses are protected by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as well as by state law, which makes it illegal for workers to be fired based on them and others.

It’s illegal to fire someone based on their medical history. Wrongful termination that occurs based on a person’s health status is grounds for a lawsuit.

An employee might have a claim for wrongful termination based on lack of cause if their employment contract states that a specific cause must be cited as the basis for being let go from their job. Although many places of employment are considered at-will, which means employers can legally terminate a worker without stating a reason or for no reason at all, a contract requires a cause.

If employees are fired for organizing or trying to form a union at work, they could file a wrongful termination claim. Employees have the right to organize for the purpose of trying to improve conditions in the workplace. They don’t have to be part of a union to do it.

If you have been wrongfully terminated, it’s important to hold your former employer accountable.