There are people of all different races, sex, sexual orientation, age, disabilities and religions living and working in California. All these people are capable of working and their job performance has nothing to do with the things listed above. However, certain employers and managers may have certain biases against certain individuals or feel that they may need to incur extra expenses by employing these individuals. Therefore, they may fire these employees or make life so difficult on them that they quit.

If they do fire them though, the employee may have a wrongful termination claim against the employer. Recently a former worker at a Tesla plant filed a wrongful termination action against both Tesla and the staffing agency which hired him. The worker believes that he was fired due to complaints he made about discrimination he faced because he is gay. The worker claims his trainer taunted him about being gay. He claims he was then fired after filing a complaint about it with management.

This is one example of wrongful termination, but there are many other ways that an employer can be guilty of it. Whether the employee is successful depends on the specifics of each individual case and the employer will have a chance to demonstrate why the firing was for legitimate business reasons. However, if the employee is successful, they may be able to receive significant compensation from the employer, which can be very valuable as the worker may have lost a decent amount of income while out of work.

Employers in California are all human at the end of the day and are also trying to make as much money as possible. In certain situations the employer may feel that it is better for the company to fire certain employers instead of making certain accommodations for certain employees. Others may just have biases against a certain group of people. Employers who do this are breaking the law and may need to compensate the employees they fire. It is important for employees to know their rights and experienced attorneys may be able to help protect them.

Source:, “Lawsuit against Tesla claims anti-gay harassment on its assembly line” Kirsten Korosec, Oct. 19, 2017