Wrongful Termination

A termination is wrongful when an employee is fired for an unlawful or impermissible reason. A termination on the basis of any of the following would be unlawful:

  • Disability (FEHA or ADA)
  • Use of Family Medical Leave (FMLA or CFRA)
  • Pregnancy or use of maternity leave
  • Race or National Origin
  • Religion or religious practices
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Sexual orientation or gender identity
  • Retaliation for workplace health and safety complaints
  • Retaliation for complaining about unpaid wages, overtime, or other Labor Code violations, such as failure to provide meal or rest breaks
  • Retaliation against health care workers for reporting patient safety concerns

Even in an at-will employment state like California, you might still have a wrongful termination claim if you were fired for an unlawful reason, such as those listed above.