There really isn’t ever a good time to be let go from a job, but when you think the termination is due to illegal grounds, you might need to take a long look at what is truly going on. California is an at-will employment state. While this means that employers can let you go at any time, there are some limitations for the reasons they can terminate you.
Employers can’t fire you because of any protected status. These include your race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity and similar factors. They can’t let you go because you file a complaint about harassment, a hostile work environment, or discrimination. They can’t terminate your employment because you filed a report about illegal activities in the workplace.
When you are considering the reason for the termination, you might have to go back and look at performance evaluations to see if there was any mention of possible issues in those. If your evaluations were pristine prior to the termination, you might be able to prove your case a little easier.
We understand that emotions usually run high under these circumstance of employment separation. While you are going through this situation, remember that you don’t want to do anything that might look bad on you later. It can be hard to keep yourself in check when you are staring the lack of income in the face, but try to breathe deeply and focus on what you need to do.
If you do think that you were wrongfully terminated, you might be able to take legal action regarding the termination. We can take a look at your case and help you to determine what options you have.