Many states across the country are at-will employment states. This means that an employer or an employee can terminate their employment at any time for almost any reason. However, there are certain reasons for which an employer cannot fire an employee. If an employee is fired for one of these reasons it could be illegal and considered a wrongful termination.
Some employees in California may feel that in order to be a valued and obedient employee, they should not ever complain about anything in the workplace. While this may be a reasonable approach to some unimportant matters that are irrelevant to the person's work, this is not true when it comes to safety concerns that impact the employees or the general public or anyone else.
As employees in California are likely aware, there are certain behaviors that are acceptable in a work environment while others are extremely inappropriate. Some of these inappropriate behaviors are even considered illegal under employment law. One of these illegal workplace behaviors is sexual harassment.
Californians that are familiar with trucking companies may also be familiar with the employee strikes that have been relatively common recently. The truckers employed by three large transportation companies in California have recently gone on their fourth Teamster-backed strike. However, this strike may be a bit different than the three that preceded it.
Individuals that are employed in the state of California should understand that the state is an at-will employment state. Employees may find themselves wondering what this means. In an at-will employment state, an employee can be terminated at any time for any reason. However, there is an exception to this standard. The reason cannot be illegal. If the reason for which an employee is fired is illegal, then it qualifies as wrongful termination.