California is an at-will employment state, which means (absent an employment contract) that unless the public policy or statutory authority prohibits the reason for terminating an employee, an employer may fire an employee for any reason. In the past, at-will employment has given employers the sense that they can fire employees for any reason, including prohibited reasons such as racial discrimination, using at-will employment as their defense. As wrongful termination attorneys know, employees are starting to fight back and juries appear to be listening to those employees.
Recent California cases have shown that former employees are standing up to their employers for wrongful termination and some of them are receiving multimillion-dollar jury awards as a result. See below for some notable recent wrongful termination cases.
What do these cases have in common? The former employees’ complaints all allege that their rights were violated when they were wrongfully terminated for retaliatory or discriminatory reasons. Pasadena wrongful termination attorneys know that even though California may be an at-will employment state, employees are still protected from being fired as a result of discrimination or retaliation. Wrongful termination cases can be a powerful remedy for illegal employer conduct.
See below for a brief explanation and examples of illegal retaliation and discrimination.
If you have been wrongfully terminated, contact a Pasadena wrongful termination attorney with The Rager Law Firm to discuss your claim and resulting damages. Our attorneys are employee advocates who want to see employers held accountable for their wrongful conduct.
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