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What is a Wrongful Termination?
Even though employment in California is presumed to be “at will,” allowing workers to be fired for any reason, there are still times when an employee is wrongfully terminated.
When this happens, an employee who is unjustly terminated can take legal action against their former employer and pursue compensation, front pay, back pay, punitive damages, attorneys’ fees, and other relief.
This article discusses some different claims available to an employee who has been unjustly terminated. To discuss your potential wrongful termination claims, consult with a California employment attorney for legal advice and representation.
In the state of California, several claims can be made with respect to wrongful termination, some of which are discussed below.
Breach of Contract
Some employment contracts promise continued employment for a specific time or may limit an employer’s ability to fire an employee. When an employer unjustly or unfairly terminates an employee by firing them in violation of the terms of the contract, there may be a claim for wrongful termination.
Employment contracts can be reached by way of a written or verbal agreement. Also, contract terms do not always need to be written in the employment contract but can be found in other company documents. For example, a company handbook containing a statement such as “employees will only be terminated for cause” might be considered an implied employment contract term.