Wrongful Termination and Retaliation

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The general rule in California is that employees are considered to employed "at will," meaning that they may be fired at any time by their employers, for any reason or for no reason at all. However, there are important exceptions to the "at will" rule.

Whatever the reason, you have the right to represent yourself, to be your own lawyer in all cases in California.

You may have specific rights, depending on how you lost your job.

A union owes a duty of fair representation to all of the workers it represents. This duty requires that the union act fairly, impartially, and without ill will or discrimination when pursuing a worker"s grievance or when negotiating a new contract with the employer.

In most circumstances, employers can terminate employees “at will,” meaning at any time for any reason. And they are not even required by law to give the reason for a discharge. Read more from the links below.

You have rights protected by state laws.

This section will give you general guidelines for how to best prepare yourself for court.

The Constitution; Executive and Administrative Laws; County, Appellate, Supreme Court, and Federal Districts; State Legislation; and Legal Guides.

If I was arrested due to anti-war activity, can my employer take action against me while the arrest is pending?

With a few exceptions, undocumented workers enjoy all of the legal rights and remedies provided by both Federal and California law.

ADR is usually less formal, less expensive, and less time-consuming than a trial.

Can workers be disciplined or fired for engaging in protests?

How long does the mediation process take?

Can my employer lay me off without any warning?

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You cannot be fired simply because you engaged in an immigration protest, which is likely considered protected political activity in California.

Everyone inside the U.S. has certain legal rights, regardless of your immigration status.

What are your rights as a worker? What Is the Underground Economy? Report a bad employer.

Does my employer have to let me see my personnel file? What do I do if my employer refuses to show me my personnel file?

You have rights to form a union and collectively act.

What kinds of organizing activity are protected? What can I do if my employer takes action against me for organizing?