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Can my boss really fire me at any time without notice?

Since college graduation, you have been biding your time swirling lattes at the local coffee shop. Every night after work, while your friends head to the movies or the local pub, you sit down at your computer, peck away at those pesky fill-in-the-blank online applications and hope your dream job will soon rescue you from this rut. Then it happens. The technology firm in California calls, and next thing you know, you are sitting in your new apartment putting on your game face for your first day on the job. 

What are some examples of wrongful termination?

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.

Circumstances that may warrant a wrongful termination claim

If your employer terminates you from your California job, you may feel hurt, confused or downright angry. Because California observes the employment-at-will doctrine, however, your employer can fire you at almost any time, and for almost any reason. There are, however, some key exceptions, and at the Law Office of Jeffrey D. Fulton, we have a comprehensive understanding of exactly what these exceptions are. Furthermore, we have helped many former employees seek recourse after they were let go from their jobs for reasons that infringed upon their rights.

What are some exceptions to the at-will employment doctrine?

California is an at-will employment state, which essentially means that your employer has the right to terminate you at any time, and for almost any reason. Similarly, as an at-will employee, you have the right to leave or quit your job at virtually any time, and for any reason. There are some important exceptions to the at-will employment doctrine, however, and if your employer violates your rights in this regard, you may be able to seek recourse.

Are there laws against wrongful termination?

You may think that wrongful termination only covers situations such as whistleblowing. However, this term covers many situations you might encounter, and it is helpful to understand what circumstances are considered wrongful termination according to California law.

Understanding the nuances of wrongful termination

You may consider that a wrongful termination is simply one you consider to be unfair. However, wrongful termination usually does not have much to do with fairness. At the Law Office of Jeffrey Fulton, we know that it is important for you to understand this phenomenon so you can take the necessary steps if you think your firing was illegal.

Can you quit and still sue for wrongful termination?

In most cases of wrongful discharge in California, you will need to be fired from your job before you can sue your previous employer. Some cases, however, can involve an employee who voluntarily left his or her position and then brought charges against the employer. The American Bar Association has detailed when it is acceptable to take this route and how your choice can affect the outcome of your case.

Was I a victim of retaliation?

When it comes to workplace discrimination and wrongful termination in California, it can sometimes be difficult to determine whether your employer’s actions were unkind or illegal. While some moves may seem unfair, they must meet certain qualifications in order to prove that your boss was breaking the law.  

Do you have a possible wrongful termination case?

When hard-working employees in Sacramento like you are fired for unjust reasons, the first instinctive response may be to take your employer to court for wrongful termination. The law office of Jeffrey D. Fulton is here to give you the information you need to tell whether or not you have a wrongful termination case on your hands.

What to do if you were you fired for whistleblowing

Employees are fired for different reasons every day in California, but if you were terminated after you blew the whistle, your boss may have been violating the law. It is your responsibility as a law-abiding citizen to report illegal behavior, yet some employers will have you fired if you report unlawful acts in the workplace. We at The Law Office of Jeffrey D. Fulton work to protect your rights in cases where you have been wrongfully terminated.

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