Although the “at-will” employment rule in California states that employers can terminate an employee at any time and for any reason, there are some exceptions. An employee can still file a claim against their employer if they were terminated for certain reasons–regardless if they have an “at-will” contract. Our clients often ask us many questions about what qualifications need to be met to file a wrongful termination claim in California. For such reasons, our Los Angeles employment law attorneys have answered the most common questions asked about “at-will” employment exceptions.
At-will employment is when the employer or employee can terminate at any time and for any reason, or no reason at all. In most cases, when an employee signs a work contract/agreement in California, they will notice that the offer will mention the at-will employment rule. All employment in the state is presumed to be “at-will” unless the parties agree otherwise.
Although your employment contract might state that your employer can fire you at any time and for any reason (or no reason), there are some exceptions to this rule. Below, we have put together a list of reasons that could make your situation a wrongful termination:
In some cases, employees can sue their employers under an exception to the at-will employment rule, even if they resigned from their job. This typically falls under California’s “wrongful constructive termination,” which means that employers make working conditions so unpleasant for a worker that they have no choice but to resign. You should speak to an experienced employment law attorney to determine if your situation falls under “wrongful constructive termination.”
If you believe that your situation is an exception from the at-will employment rule, you should speak to an experienced attorney about your situation. Our Los Angeles employment law attorneys have more than 25 years of experience helping employees reach agreeable outcomes in employment disputes. We fight for our clients’ rights, and we help them get the best possible results for their case.