In California, most employers designate their employees as "at-will", which means that they can terminate or demote their employees whether there is cause to do so or not. The exception is when there is some unlawful motivation or retaliatory reason for the termination.
If an employee is fired or demoted due to unlawful discrimination or in retaliation against uncovering the employer's illegal activities or the existence of unsafe work conditions, the employee may have a case for wrongful termination.
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Being terminated for any of the items listed below may constitute wrongful termination:
Discrimination: The employer cannot terminate employment because the employee is a certain race, nationality, religion, sex, age, or in some jurisdictions, sexual orientation.
Retaliation: An employer cannot fire an employee because the employee filed a claim of discrimination or is participating in an investigation for discrimination. In the United States, this "retaliation" is forbidden under civil rights law.
Employee's Refusal to Commit an Illegal Act: An employer is not permitted to fire an employee because the employee refuses to commit an act that is illegal.
Employer Not Following Own Termination Procedures: Often, the employee handbook or company policy outlines a procedure that must be followed before an employee is terminated. If the employer fires an employee without following this procedure, the employee may have a claim.
The wrongful termination remedies that will be available to an employee who successfully concludes an unlawful lawsuit in their favor against a former employer are -- injunctive relief and monetary damages.