It is unfortunate, but true, to say that employees across the state of California are losing their jobs every day. In many of these cases, the employers have every right to terminate these employment contracts. However, employers must be careful and ensure that they are firing an employee or relieving them of their duties for legal reasons. If the reasons are illegal, then that termination of employment could result in a wrongful termination lawsuit.
When an employer decides to terminate an employee, it can be due to any number of reasons. Many of these reasons are legal, therefore making it perfectly acceptable to end the employee's time working for that employer. However, sometimes the reasons for which an employer terminates an individual is illegal. In these cases, the fired employee may have a cause of action for wrongful termination.
California residents may have heard the term "whistleblower" in the past. The roles of whistleblowers are legally complicated in many different work-related situations. Most recently, the term applies to the case of a doctor who feels he was wrongfully terminated for complaining to his employer about unsafe practices that were occurring at his place of employment.
There are numerous reasons a California employer can rightfully terminate any employee that is working for them. However, along with numerous legal reasons for terminations there are also numerous illegal reasons that an employer can have for terminating an employee. If an employee can prove that they were fired for one of these illegal reasons, their former employer may owe them compensation or other types of recovery for that wrongful termination.