Labor Law: What constitutes wrongful termination in California?
In California, firing an employee is legal for the most part. As an “at-will” state, both the employer and employee can end the working relationship at any time and without notice. However, in California, a wrongful termination claim can be filed in a court of law if an employee believes he or she has been ‘illegally’ fired from the job.
Such claims result from an alleged violation of federal or state anti-discrimination laws, employment contracts, or labor laws, including whistle-blower laws. It can also be filed when an employee believes the termination was due to sexual harassment or in retaliation to a complaint or workers’ compensation claim.