California is an at-will employment state, which means that employers are generally free to terminate employees for any reason or no reason at all, with or without advance notice, provided the reason is not discriminatory or retaliatory. Employees can also quit at any time and without any reason.
However, there are exceptions to the at-will employment rule: employers can be held liable for wrongful termination if they fire an employee for a reason that violates any of the laws that protect employees, such as because of the employee’s race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, age, sexual orientation, reproductive health decision-making or veteran or military status, as well as other factors. Employees also cannot be fired for opposing an unlawful practice, such as reporting health or safety violations, whistleblowing to government agencies, or other reasons. That legal landscape can be tricky and complicated, but our San Diego wrongful termination employment attorneys at Berger & Williams, LLP, are here to help you navigate it.
Our San Diego wrongful termination employment attorneys have extensive experience handling wrongful termination cases in California. Before you contact a lawyer, it helps to understand what qualifies as a potentially “wrongful” termination in California.