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At-will employees can still be subject to wrongful termination

If you are employed in California, there is a good chance that you are subject to employment-at-will rules. This means that you could be dismissed from your position for almost any reason, or no reason at all and at any time. If you do not have a contract and no specific agreement regarding the duration of your employment, there is a good chance that this will apply to you.

It is a worrying thought. You could be working hard and giving your job your best, but suddenly you come into conflict with your employer. Perhaps it is because you have reported a safety violation or participated in union activity. Perhaps your employer asked you to do something illegal. Perhaps he or she simply disapproved of you reporting discrimination or unfair treatment in your workplace.

You may fear that one of these circumstances could lead to your dismissal. However, under California's Labor Code, it is illegal for your employer to fire you for many of the above reasons. If you feel you have been removed from your job in violation of these laws, you may want to file a wrongful termination lawsuit.

Not only might this enable you to claim compensation and potentially lead to the reinstatement of your job, it also can increase the chances of your employer being held accountable for his or her actions. It may seem like a lot to take in, but fortunately you do not have to go through it alone. An attorney can advise you about the options available to you and may be able to support you through your claim.

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