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Understanding Wrongful Termination in California

Wrongful termination can feel like a rug being pulled out from under you – it may be unexpected, sudden, jarring, and seemingly without justification. But what exactly does does wrongful termination entail?

In essence, wrongful termination is when an employer terminates an employee in breach of the employee’s legal protections or contractual terms. This may be due to factors like race, gender, religion, or disability, or even as retaliation for whistleblowing. 

As a California employee, it’s key that you familiarize yourself with your employment rights to identify if you’ve been unjustly dismissed. Fortunately, California Employment and Labor Law includes a comprehensive set of legal provisions that safeguard the rights of employees to ensure fair treatment and protection from workplace injustices. 

Armed with this knowledge, you’re one step closer to holding your employer accountable and securing the justice you deserve.

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Unlawful Reasons for Termination in California

The laws regarding wrongful termination vary in each state. In California, some of the most common reasons for wrongful termination that are protected by law are as follows:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Race
  • Disability
  • Ethnicity
  • Genetic information
  • Pregnancy
  • Religion
  • National Origin
  • Sexual orientation


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How to Determine If You Were Wrongfully Terminated

If you are unsure whether your termination was valid or not, there are questions you can reflect on.

  • Did you lose your job based on your race, religion, age, or disability?
  • Were you fired because you needed to take family leave or because you are/were pregnant or trying to get pregnant? 
  • Did you feel forced to resign because of unsafe working conditions or sexual harassment?

In many cases, determining whether you were wrongfully terminated is best done under the guidance and support of a well-practiced lawyer. A wrongful termination lawyer will know what questions to ask and which details or scenarios to look further into with you.

The Role of a Wrongful
Termination Lawyer

If you find yourself involved in a wrongful termination scenario, enlisting the aid of a California wrongful termination lawyer can provide much-needed guidance and reassurance. These seasoned professionals, well-versed in the state’s employment laws, possess the skills and expertise to thoroughly scrutinize your case, discerning its viability. 

Not only can a wrongful termination attorney assist in assembling crucial evidence, but they also adeptly negotiate settlements and provide tenacious representation in court if necessary. A wrongful termination lawyer can ensure your rights aren’t violated, while helping you seek and claim the compensation that is rightfully yours.

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Were You Wrongfully Terminated? Taking The Next Steps

After consulting with a wrongful termination lawyer, many employees seek justice by suing their former employers. These lawsuits may be based on breach of contract, discrimination, retaliation, or violating California labor laws. Taking legal action is often the best step forward for many individuals whose job was their livelihood and main source of income for their families. 

If you have not yet consulted with a wrongful termination lawyer, start by documenting every aspect of your termination, from emails to personal conversations. Doing this helps create a substantial case for yourself. Seek out a California wrongful termination lawyer as soon as possible for their expertise on your rights and possible paths forward.

Free Case Evaluations

If you think you’re a victim of wrongful termination, contact Colby Law Firm today. Our team will provide a free case evaluation to help you determine if your termination was wrongful or valid.

Why Choose Colby Law Firm for Defending Against Wrongful Termination in California

At Colby Law Firm, our team has been in the business of protecting employees from wrongful termination for a total of over 30 years. We are dedicated to ensuring our clients have the knowledge and power to fight back against employers who are violating their employees’ rights.

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No Win, No Fee

We represent working individuals who have been mistreated at work and were victims of unfair dismissal. If we can’t win your case, you won’t be charged for our services.

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Contact Our California Wrongful Termination Lawyers Today

Losing your job is a stressful and overwhelming time, but we’re here to help. Call Colby Law Firm at (818) 253-1599 today.


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Aaron Colby is a California employment lawyer who knows how to resolve disputes. After 15 years representing companies, he started Colby Law Firm to represent employees. Aaron’s perspective and experience from being “on the other side” gives him an edge. Aaron brings his practical, focused, and relentless approach to helping employees protect their rights.

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