Employees who report suspected violations of law to management are legally protected from retaliation. This means that if you express concerns about your legal rights – such as seeking overtime pay, objecting to work during rest breaks or reporting discrimination or harassment, your employer may not demote, fire, or otherwise punish you. If you believe you have been subjected to retaliation, contact a San Diego employment lawyer immediately.
Most workers in California are considered at-will employees. This means employers typically have wide latitude in the hiring and firing process. But sometimes employees are terminated for illegal reasons such as when an employer engages in discrimination or retaliation.
Both California federal laws make it illegal to terminate an employee on the basis of age, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability or pregnancy. It is also considered wrongful termination when an employee is fired for reporting suspected illegal activity, reporting sexual harassment, claiming discrimination or filing a workers’ compensation claim.
Despite these legal protections, sometimes employers fabricate a pretext for firing a worker. For example, the employee may suddenly receive a poor performance review or be written up for violating company policies. Coast Law Group’s experienced employment lawyers know how to expose these practices and help wrongfully terminated clients pursue justice and fair compensation.