What is Considered a Violation of Public Policy in California?
At the Leichter Law Firm, APC, the Los Angeles employment law attorney, Aryeh Leichter, knows California employers are prohibited from terminating employees for illegal reasons.
One of the most common examples of wrongful termination is firing an employee for their race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, or other protected status. What most employees do not know is, the former is a violation of fundamental public policy in California.
Here is what California employees need to know about other potential circumstances that may lead to public policy law violations that are enforced to help protect them.
What Reasons Violate Fundamental Public Policies Under California Law?
Some of the most common examples of employer actions that violate public policy, which are prohibited by law include:
- Adverse employment action taken based on a refusal to sign an illegal non-compete clause.
- Discharge based on taking time off to serve on a jury.
- Discrimination based on:
- Employee’s age, genetic conditions, or disability.
- Marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender, or gender identity.
- Race, color, national origin, ancestry, or other protected characteristics.
- Retaliation for:
- Engaging in political activities outside the workplace.
- Objecting to an employer’s fraudulent practices.
- Refusing to participate in illegal activity.
- Seeking full wages.
- Whistleblowing, including reporting an unsafe or dangerous working environment.
If you believe your employer terminated you in violation of public policy, your case is important. It is important to you, your coworkers, other California employees, the public, and the Leichter Law Firm.
Contact Aryeh Leichter, the Leichter Law Firm, APC founder, and employment law attorney in Los Angeles County today to discuss the legal remedies that may be available for your unique workplace circumstances today, starting with a free consultation by calling 818-915-6624 or contacting the firm online.