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California man claims retaliatory termination against employer

Employers in California are legally required to adhere to certain state and federal employment laws. If these laws are broken, an employee may have a cause of action to file a lawsuit against their employer and recover compensation.

The type of lawsuit that is often covered by the media in California is wrongful termination. There are many different scenarios that can make a termination wrongful. However, a lawsuit that was recently filed in California by a former employee of a military contractor states that his firing was executed as a form of retaliation after he refused to perform illegal tasks that were assigned to him.

Although California is an at-will employment state, when an employee is retaliated against by an employer and fired as a result, this is most often an illegal act on the part of the employer and they may be held liable to provide compensation in a wrongful termination lawsuit. In this man's case, he claims that after a series of things that had gone wrong for his employer he was asked to work over the weekend and off of the clock. He refused to do so and shortly thereafter was fired.

Although this all may seem very straightforward, an employee who feels they were retaliated against and therefore wrongfully terminated must still prove their case in a court of law and prove that their former employer acted illegally, and therefore wrongfully. There are almost always hard feelings and emotions when an employee loses their job. Therefore, they may feel it was wrongful whether it was legally classified as wrongful or not.

Source: Courthouse News Service, "Navy Contractor Accused of Retaliatory Firing," Dan McCue, Aug. 22, 2014

Source: Courthouse News Service, "Navy Contractor Accused of Retaliatory Firing," Dan McCue, Aug. 22, 2014

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