Wrongful termination is one of those topics that can be quite confusing. It is made a little more confusing due to the concept of at-will employment, which is where your employment can be terminated by you or your employer at any point for any reason. Most jobs in California are at-will. To help you understand just what constitutes wrongful termination, here are some examples.
The Muse explains simply feeling your termination was unfair does not make it wrongful termination under the law. However, being fired for an unlawful reason could be. For example, if you were fired for reporting a safety violation in your workplace, this would be unlawful because you are protected from retaliation of this sort.
If you are let go because you become pregnant, then this is also an example of an illegal termination. This is a form of discrimination and any discrimination is illegal. Also included is being terminated due to your medical history. For example, if you are fired because your employer finds out you are a cancer survivor, then this is illegal because you are protected under the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act.
Finally, if you have an employment contract, it should state specific instances where the contract can be terminated. If you are fired outside of the contract perimeters, you could fight it as wrongful termination.
Wrongful termination cases can be brought to court. Since each situation is different, you should ensure you really were illegally terminated first. This information is for educational use only and is not intended as legal advice.