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Understanding wrongful termination remedies

On Behalf of | May 19, 2022 | Wrongful Termination |

If you have been wrongfully terminated from your job in California, you may be wondering what your legal options are. The good news is that there are some remedies available to you.

Receiving the wages owed to you

If you have been wrongfully terminated, you may be entitled to receive unpaid wages. This includes any salary or commissions that you’re owed. In some cases, you may be able to recover punitive damages from your employer. Punitive damages are designed to punish an employer for particularly egregious conduct.


You may also have your job reinstated. This is usually only an option if the company you worked for is still in business. In this case, you would be able to go back to your job and pick up where you left off.

Front pay

If you are not able to get reinstated, you may be entitled to front pay. This is a type of damage compensation that repays you for the wages you would have earned had you not been wrongfully terminated. Front pay can be awarded for a specific period of time or until you find another job.

File a claim with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH)

The DFEH is responsible for investigating claims of discrimination and harassment in the workplace. If you believe that you have been wrongfully terminated because of your race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age or disability, you can file a claim. When you file a claim, the DFEH will investigate your allegations and decide whether there is enough evidence to support your claims.

If you have been wrongfully terminated from your job, you have some legal options available to you under California law. Understanding these options can help you make the best decision for your particular situation.