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What is wrongful termination?

Posted on April 15, 2017 | Firm News,Wrongful Termination

Getting fired from your job is always a stressful event. It is even worse when the reason for your termination seems totally unfair. If you’re honest and you work hard, your employer is supposed to treat you well, right?

Sometimes, getting fired is more than just unfair – it is illegal. Here is how the law works in California.

Contracts may offer stronger protections

It is also forbidden to fire contractual employees for the reasons noted above. In addition, the employment contract may set stricter restrictions on when the employee may be terminated. For example, the contract may be for a specific duration, or it may say that the employee can only be terminated “for good cause.”

It is always good to investigate

In situations where an employee is fired for an illegal reason, he or she may receive a false reason for the termination instead of the real reason. For example, an employer may start to give an employee projects they will never be able to succeed at. Perhaps the employer will say there are “personality conflicts” with management. Sometimes, an employer won’t give any reason at all.

You don’t have to sit back and let your employer violate your rights. If something feels wrong, it is always a good idea to schedule a consultation with an employment attorney. The attorney can review your case and let you know what your options are for moving forward.

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