Losing a job can devastate an individual and/or an entire family. Some California residents may have known that the termination was coming because they just could not catch on the work, meet deadlines or otherwise meet the expectations of the job. In other cases, it seems to come out of nowhere, and the individual who lost the job may wonder whether it was wrongful termination.
Even after decades of gaining ground in the workforce, women continue to suffer discrimination and harassment in the workplace. As a result, they often do not make the same wages as their male counterparts and are assigned tasks beneath their positions despite their qualifications. California's tech industry has seen numerous allegations of discrimination based on age, gender and other factors in recent history, and some of those circumstances resulted in legal action for wrongful termination.
More than a few California residents work for celebrities as personal assistants, nannies and more. Those relationships can be challenging considering the amount of public exposure their bosses receive, and some can be quite demanding. When those relationships turn sour, litigation could erupt. This appears to be the case between entertainer Mariah Carey and a former assistant -- who recently filed a lawsuit against the celebrity alleging wrongful termination, among other things.
Older California residents may remember that Ray Charles never let his blindness keep him from entertaining people with a smile. Later in his life, he lent his name to an organization called the Ray Charles Foundation. Recently, the foundation has come under scrutiny because one of its former employees claims that she is the victim of wrongful termination.
This is the question that many California workers may ask themselves when they lose their jobs. Even though this is an "at will" state when it comes to employment, that does not mean that an employer can always hide behind it. In some cases, the termination is not legal and may constitute wrongful termination.