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Updated by Courtroom Warrior on Jun 19, 2018
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Wrongful Termination Lawyer

You are protected against termination for several reasons by federal law, but California law has expanded upon these protections. Here are some of the most common reasons to hire a wrongful termination attorney in the Golden State.

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Wrongful Termination

Wrongful Termination

In the state of California, you are protected against termination for a number of reasons. Because California is not a "Right to Work" state, employees enjoy even more protections against termination than those in surrounding states. However, even in a state where workers' rights are better protected, illegal firings still occur.

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Age Discrimination

Age Discrimination

In the state of California, it is illegal to fire an employee due to his or her age.

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Sex

Sex

You cannot be fired from a job simply because you are a woman. You cannot be fired from a job simply because you are a man.

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Sexual Orientation

Sexual Orientation

You cannot be fired over who you love in the state of California.

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Gender Identity

Gender Identity

California has extended protections to workers who are transgender. You cannot be let go from a job due to your gender identity.

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Union Activity

Union Activity

You cannot be terminated or unfairly treated due to union activity including participation in the organizing of a union at your workplace.

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Whistleblowing

Whistleblowing

In the state of California, you cannot be fired for reporting illegal or unethical company behavior.

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Service and Duty

Service and Duty

You cannot be terminated from a job for serving in the National Guard or meeting military obligations. Nor can you be fired for fulfilling your duty to serve on a jury when selected.

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Voting

Voting

Voting is a guaranteed right. You cannot be fired for exercising it - even during company hours.

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Political Views

Political Views

It is illegal for you to be fired based on your political views. It is also against the law for you to be fired for expressing your political views - regardless of your employer's views - on your own time.

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Physical Limitations

Physical Limitations

Physical disabilities cannot be used as grounds for termination in California.

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Race, Ethnic Background, Country of Origin

Race, Ethnic Background, Country of Origin

In California, a person's race, ethnic background, and country of origin cannot be used in hiring and firing decisions.

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You Have Rights

You Have Rights

If you have been illegally fired, you may be entitled to compensation, reinstatement, and more. The best way to learn how to hold biased and bigoted employers accountable for their actions is through a one-on-one consultation with a labor lawyer. Remember, your first and all subsequent meeting with an employment lawyer should be free of charge. Your attorney should not receive payment unless your case is won.
And remember: taking legal action helps set precedent and often works to protect others from the same mistreatment you have experienced.