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Anatomy of a wrongful termination claim in California

Claims for wrongful termination of employment are common in the courts of Southern California, but many people think that most employees cannot bring such claims because they are employees at will; that is, they may be fired at any time for no reason. While this view is generally correct, California courts have carved out an important exception: discharges based on actions that are violations of public policy.

Ex-Snapchat employee sues for wrongful termination

Wrongful termination lawsuits usually begin with an unhappy employee who has complained about improper treatment by a superior or co-workers and has been fired for complaining. Employees who call attention to other kinds of misconduct by their employers - usually labeled whistleblowers - are also the source of wrongful termination lawsuits, as demonstrated by a recent case filed in Los Angeles.

Restaurant ordered to compensate worker for sexual harassment

Sexual harassment often leads to complaints to management by the offended worker and then, unfortunately, to termination of the employee. Younger workers are especially vulnerable to such wrongful termination because they are not aware of their legal rights and may be reluctant to speak out. A recent decision by a federal court in California shows, however, that such unlawful termination after a justified complaint of sexual harassment can lead to an award of damages in favor of the employee.

Court rejects city's appeal in racial discrimination case

The California Court of Appeals recently affirmed a jury verdict in favor of a Burbank policeman who claimed that he had been the victim of racial discrimination and harassment from superiors and co-workers. The court's opinion contains several rulings that are favorable to those who are seeking damages for employment discrimination.

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