Even though employment is considered "at will" in California, meaning that an employer can generally terminate an employee for any reason, there are a variety of exceptions to this "at will" status. When an employee is terminated for an illegal reason, this can be generically referred to as a "wrongful termination."
The concept of "wrongful termination" encompasses a variety of legal claims where an employee is terminated illegally, such as a breach of contract claim (terminated in violation of a written, oral or implied in fact agreement), a public policy or whistleblower claim (terminated for reasons that violate public policy or because an employee blew the whistle on an illegal practice), or a fraud claim. See, Breach of Contract, Termination in Violation of Public Policy & Whistle-blower Protection, and Fraud.
Other claims that are sometimes referred to as wrongful termination claims arise when an employee is terminated in violation of the California and federal laws that protect against discrimination and retaliation for protesting or opposing discrimination or harassment. See, Discrimination, Retaliation & Harassment.
Siegel, LeWitter & Malkani has been successfully litigating cases for employees arising out of their wrongful termination of employment. Siegel, LeWitter & Malkani fights hard for employees and ensures that its clients get the best possible representation in their claims for wrongful termination of employment.
If you believe Siegel, LeWitter & Malkani could assist you with possible wrongful termination claims, please contact the firm.