Wrongful Termination Retaliation

California and federal law protects workers like you from being penalized or dismissed from work for complaining about unlawful conduct or engaging in protected activities. This illegal dismissal is wrongful termination retaliation.

Discriminatory Termination Comes in Many Forms

Types of Wrongful Termination

  • Age
  • Race, Color, Ancestry or Nation of Origin
  • Disability or Medical Condition
  • Marital or Family Status
  • Gender Identity or Expression
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Religion or Religious Expression

Wrongful Termination Retaliation

California law makes it illegal to fire an employee for engaging in certain legally protected activities, including:

  • Making complaints about discrimination or harassment
  • Taking a medically necessary leave
  • Serving jury duty
  • Serving in the military
  • Taking time off to vote
  • Seeking to form a union
  • Participating in workplace investigations

Retaliatory Punishment

Termination isn’t the only negative job action employees may experience due to their participation in a legally protected activity. Retaliation can take a number of more-subtle forms, including:

  • Demotion
  • Disciplinary actions
  • Salary reduction
  • Job or shift reassignment

Termination That Violates Contractual Terms

Legally-binding employment contracts can often supersede the “at-will” employment relationship. Your termination may be in wrongful breach of contract if your employer has failed to meet its contracted promises of job security, including:

  • Written or verbal agreements that stipulate you can only be fired for good cause
  • A guarantee of continuous employment for a certain duration of time
  • A contractual obligation to be provided with notice in advance of a termination
  • Situations where an employer’s established performance management protocol was not properly followed prior to termination.

Did You Know

If you’ve experienced a distressing incident related to an issue like this, call us for a free case evaluation. Wrongful termination retaliation is against the law.


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