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What You Need to Know About California Employment Laws

California workers that are classified as “at will” workers may find themselves in danger of being terminated from their workplace for virtually any reason or even if it is an unjust one for no reason in the slightest. Normally, an employee who has been working for an organization for less than five years and does not have an employment contract, may be considered an “at will” employee under the California employment laws.

To successfully file a wrongful termination claim, the termination must have violated some fundamental right. Simply put, this means that some federal statute or state regulation or constitutional provision should have already been broken by the termination. For instance, if the employer orders an employee to do something which is against the law, regulation, ordinance or statute, the employer cannot legally fire that worker for refusing to do such a thing. One may pursue this in cases such as when an employee complains about what they consider is a violation of the law like failure to cover overtime, late payment of wages or workplace safety problems and is fired due to this.

Another violation that would lead to a wrongful termination claim comes up when the employee’s true reason for letting go of the worker is based on the employee’s gender, age, disability, religion or national origin. Although such discriminations are under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, they also can lead to a common law claim as they are in violation of the public policy. Likewise, this also is true for termination made in retaliation for a worker’s opposition to or complaints about harassment or discrimination on any of the protected classifications listed above. Take the example when an employee complain about sexual harassment and is criticized at work for it or is written up, disciplined or fired. In such a case, they’d have a claim for retaliation under the Fair Employment and Housing Act as well as at common law.
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Other terminations might be illegal as they’ve been prohibited under different laws. Some of these are the firing of employees because of taking medical, or maternity leave or sexual orientation. Employees who have to take leave due to a serious medical condition or must care for a child or parent that has such a condition, are protected under the law. The protection under the law applies if one has worked for more than 1250 hours throughout the previous year or the organization has more than 50 workers within a seventy-five-mile radius or if they have worked for the company for more than a year. National and state laws are passed so as to protect workers against wrongful termination. Normally, these laws prohibit termination predicated on race, age, gender, nationality, religion, and handicap.The Beginners Guide To Resources (From Step 1)