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In California if a termination was based on your membership in a group protected from discrimination by law, it would not be legal.

An employer may not discriminate or terminate a person because of race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, or age, pursuant to the California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

In California, employment is considered “at-will” and therefore not guaranteed. This means your employer is free to terminate your employment at any time, for any reason or for no particular reason at all. The exception, though, is when an employee is fired for illegal reasons.

Although many individuals who are terminated from their job feel their termination was “wrongful,” the legal definition of wrongful termination is quite specific. For this reason it is important to consult with an experienced employment attorney to discuss your rights and protections.

Most Commonly Asked Questions

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How much time do I have to file a wrongful termination claim (statute of limitations)?

Two years.

Is two weeks notice required? What happens if I quit without notice? Can you get fired after giving 2 weeks notice?

California is an “at-will” state. That means your employer can fire you at any time, for any reason – as long as it is not an illegal reason – even after you have given two weeks’ notice. It also means that you can quit at any time, without an explanation. Neither side is required to give advanced notice; that is just a convention of common courtesy. Nothing will happen to you legally if you quit without giving notice.

There are practical considerations that may weigh against your leaving without giving notice: your employment agreement may require you to be employed to receive certain equity or compensation; your employment agreement may require you to pay penalties or to repay certain money that was advanced to you if you leave earlier than the contract’s term; or you may simply want to maintain a positive relationship with your former employer so they do not tell prospective employers that you quit without notice, or for other personal reasons.

On the other hand, there are numerous reasons that justify leaving a job without providing any notice, such as being subjected to harassment or physical abuse, working in unhealthy or unsafe work conditions, being asked to do something unethical or illegal, not having been paid wages at all or for an unreasonable length of time, because of things going on in your life, or because there is a very small window of opportunity to start at a new job and you need to leave immediately.

As with many things in employment law: it depends, and there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach.

Get a Free Legal Evaluation of Your Employment Rights Issue

If you feel that your rights may have been violated in the context of your employment, it may be in your best interests to talk to an experienced employees’ rights attorney who will explain your options and protect your legal rights.

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(818) 639-8510


(818) 639-8511


21031 Ventura Boulevard
Suite 701
Woodland Hills, CA 91364