Often, employers in California, and those across the country, will use their size or strength as a corporation to intimidate employees and former employees. There are many ways in which a corporation can do this, but one of them is through an illegal and wrongful termination.
California is an employment at will state. This means that any employee can be fired at any time for any reason. However, there is an exception to this rule -- the reason may not be illegal. When an employee is fired for a discriminatory reason it is illegal and, therefore, a wrongful termination. When an employee is wrongfully discharged, they may have a cause of action for recovery against their employer.
Workplace sexual harassment thrives on embarrassment. The perpetrator feels that the victim will be too embarrassed to report inappropriate behavior, and so feels free to continue harassing the victim. Even those who do go ahead and report the harassment often feel ashamed or humiliated by something that wasn't their fault. For this and other reasons, California courts sometimes allow plaintiffs in sexual harassment lawsuits remain anonymous in official documents.
For many California residents, the thought of being abruptly fired from a job is likely one they would rather not entertain. Some, however, have no choice but to face the prospect of being fired. While some situations may be perfectly legitimate -- an employer may have valid and, more importantly, legal reasons for firing someone -- some cases may fall under the category of wrongful termination.
As many California residents are likely aware, everyone has bad days at work. However, when those bad days include discrimination, harassment or a hostile work environment, there may be illegal activities going on in the workplace. Employers must follow state and federal employment laws when it comes to the way they treat their employees.