Wrongful Termination

Many employees do not realize that just because a termination is wrong, unfair, or unfounded does not mean it is illegal. Generally, California private sector employees are employed “at-will,” meaning they can be fired at any time for any reason, except for specific reasons established by law.

But just because you are “at-will” does not mean you can be fired for any reason at all. Some illegal reasons for terminating an employee include those based on race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, or military and veteran status, and in retaliation for complaining about harassment and discrimination.

The law also prohibits employers from terminating employees based on their political affiliation, for filing a complaint with the Labor Commissioner, complaining about workplace safety, unpaid overtime, or denial of meal and rest breaks, or to seek relief from domestic violence or sexual assault, to name just a few.

If you believe you may have been terminated based on one of the above-listed reasons, or, if you don’t see the reason you were terminated listed, but you’re wondering if your termination was illegal, give us a call at (415) 788-0888, email us at info@sarnofflaw.com, or complete our online contact form. Sarnoff + Sarnoff is committed to advancing employee rights and bringing to justice any employer that engages in, encourages, or fails to prevent discrimination, harassment, or retaliation in the workplace. Based on our experience as employment litigators, we can advise you regarding whether your termination was unlawful and help you decide if you should bring a lawsuit against former employer. We hope we can help you, but even if we can’t, we may be able to direct you to someone who can.

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