Being fired is an emotional experience, especially when the motive doesn’t make sense. All employees in California have rights, including fair wages, adequate breaks, a safe workplace, the right to take action and fair dismissal. If you were fired under unclear circumstances, your rights might have been violated.
Unfortunately, some employees find it challenging to spot wrongful termination. As a result, they don’t take the required steps to protect their rights. Knowing more about wrongful termination can help you can act accordingly sooner.
Termination after challenging an employer
If you were fired after reporting an issue, standing up for your rights or supporting an employee who was being discriminated against, you may have been dismissed unfairly. You should also be concerned if you are fired after saying you have different religious beliefs that differ from those of your manager or other senior personnel, possibly during a meeting.
California has laws that prohibit retaliation and discrimination by employers. However, your employer can fire you if you violate your employment contract. Common reasons include persistent incompetence, lack of productivity, absenteeism, theft or dishonesty and insubordination. Nonetheless, the labor laws against retaliation also protect at-will employees.
Breach of contract
Employment contracts protect both employees and employers. If the employer didn’t provide you with a written notice within the agreed period or they dismissed you for a reason not included in the contract, you may have a wrongful termination claim. Thus, it’s important to reread your contract if you’ve been terminated.
Wrongful termination is a violation of an employee’s rights. Workers need to understand employment law issues to know when they are treated unfairly. Having sound legal guidance can also help.