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Understanding wrongful termination in the San Francisco Bay Area

While California prohibits unlawful termination of employees, it does not necessarily prohibit termination that is perceived as unfair. When there is any question about the terms of your job loss, the Law Offices of John E. Hill offers experienced counsel regarding your rights and potential for compensation.

What constitutes wrongful termination in California?

California is an at-will employment state. Many people lose their jobs each day under circumstances that appear to be unfair. This could amount to discrimination. But unfair does not always mean illegal. If you are fired from your job for one of the reasons below, you may be a victim of wrongful termination:

  • Retaliation — In some cases, employees are fired for actions that are protected by the state of California, such as reporting discriminatory behavior, requesting appropriate overtime, serving in the military or refusing to engage in illegal conduct at the request of an employer.
  • Whistleblower claims — Also called retaliatory discharge, firing an employee for reporting illegal behavior witnessed in the workplace is against the law. If you report the illegal activity of your employer, your employment cannot be terminated because you told the truth to a state or federal agency.
  • Harassment — In California, it is not legal to fire an employee for complaining of or reporting harassment.
  • Employment contracts — Some employees sign employment contracts when they are hired. These contracts often define the terms of employment and the conditions for discharge. If you are terminated by your employer in violation of the terms of your employment contract, you may have a claim for wrongful termination.
  • Firing after inducement — If you are fired after being hired based on certain promises, you may have a legal claim. A claim for wrongful termination may also be brought if an employer makes fraudulent promises concerning bonuses, benefits, salary or commissions.
  • Discrimination — Termination of employment based on membership in a protected class is clear grounds for a wrongful termination claim.
  • Implied contracts — Implied contracts may arise based on years on the job, company tradition and even inferences in a company handbook that affect termination rights.

Claims for wrongful termination compensation are complex but may be appropriate depending on the details of your case. When you have questions about employment law and need straightforward, accurate legal answers, our attorneys can provide valuable help and support.

Speak with employment law attorneys you can trust in Northern California

At the Law Offices of John E. Hill, P.C., our lawyers understand state and federal laws, legal precedent and how they apply to your case. Learn more about how we can help you address harassment, wrongful termination or another employment law issue. Call 510.588.1000 or contact our firm today and schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your concerns. Hablamos español.