In California, employment is presumed to be on an at-will basis (as opposed to a contractual basis). At will employment means that an employer or employee may exercise independent discretion to terminate employment. For an employee, this directly translates to an employer's ability to terminate employment for any reason or no reason at all. Because of the inherent lack of accountability that would otherwise exist, California has developed important exceptions to the at will employment scheme. In California, employers may not terminate employment for discriminatory reasons, for participating in a union, or refusing to violate the law. Wrongful termination based on discriminatory practices extends to a variety of groups. Employers may not terminate employees based on race, religion, sex, national origin, or disability.
If you believe you have been a victim of wrongful termination, please do not hesitate to contact a Southern California Employment Law Attorney today.
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