Many of California's middle managers serve as liaisons between company executives and employees as part of their duties. They are often responsible for taking complaints of wrongdoing to the appropriate people within an organization for investigation and resolution, but some do so at the risk of losing their jobs. In fact, Penny Toler, a former WNBA general manager, claims she was the victim of wrongful termination when she filed complaints on behalf of players and others.
Losing a job is often a devastating blow to a California resident, especially when it appears not to be for any particular reason. Under these circumstances, an individual may believe that he or she was the victim of a wrongful termination, but that may not necessarily be the case. A claim based on being wrongfully fired from a job must meet certain legal requirements in order to move forward.
Not every employer-employee relationship works. At times, that relationship can degrade to the point where the employee decides to quit. The problem is that if the behavior of those representing the employer -- such as supervisors, managers and even co-workers -- becomes egregious, it often creates a hostile work environment. Under those circumstances, a Long Beach resident may decide to quit, which may constitute a constructive dismissal, or wrongful termination.
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.