We may be able to help.
If your employer fired you for an illegal reason, you may have a claim for wrongful termination.
Most employees in California are considered to be “at-will” employees. This means that an employee in California is free to leave their job at any time and employers are free to fire the employee at any time for any lawful reason - or even no reason at all. This may sound surprising, but an employer can fire an at-will employee for no reason, even if the employee has been performing their job well.
But an employer cannot fire an employee for an illegal reason. The law is very clear:
“While an at-will employee may be terminated for no reason, or for an arbitrary or irrational reason, there can be no right to terminate for an unlawful reason or a purpose that contravenes fundamental public policy.”
Some examples of firing an employee for an illegal reason are:
Firing an employee because of their race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, religion, or other protected characteristic;
Firing an employee for their political beliefs or affiliations or for engaging in protected speech;
Firing an employee because the employee requested time off that they are legally-entitled to take, such as time off for pregnancy, family, voting, serving jury duty or military;
Firing an employee because the employee reported a violation of the law; or
Firing an employee for reasons that violated public policy.
The bottom line is that employers can fire at-will employees for any lawful reason (or no reason at all), but they can’t fire employees if they are motivated by unlawful reasons.
If you think that you may be a victim of wrongful termination, then please reach out to speak with a lawyer. We offer a free 30 minute consultation to all California residents.
We accept cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that you do not need to pay us unless we recover for you.
Our firm exclusively focuses on complex employment litigation matters on behalf of employees. In this capacity, we serve as lead counsel or co-lead counsel in dozens of individual and class action cases in California and federal courts. Melmed Law Group P.C. has assisted thousands of employees through its class action practice and is proud to continue fighting on behalf of its clients. Mr. Melmed's practice was founded on the single focused mission of providing strategic aggressive representation for the prosecution of class action and individual cases on behalf of victims of workplace harassment, discrimination and wage theft.
Our firm has recovered millions of dollars in settlements for our clients throughout California. We have the resources and experience you are looking for to strategically and aggressively challenge your employer for their unlawful employment practices. Call (310) 824-3828 to speak to a wrongful termination lawyer today.
Have a Question?
Ready to Speak to a lawyer?
We Can Help!
UNPAID OVERTIME AND MINIMUM WAGES
NON-REIMBURSEMENT OF BUSINESS EXPENSES
REST BREAK AND MEAL BREAK CLAIMS
GENDER BIAS AND PAY PARITY
STOCK OPTION LITIGATION