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What are the common reasons for wrongful termination?

Being unexpectedly fired from your job can be upsetting for several reasons. First, you'll probably feel offended that your boss believed that your skills and dedication toward your job were disposable. Second, you will likely be feeling financially insecure since you do not know where your next paycheck will come from. Third, you may worry that losing your job could affect your career in the long term.

Challenging a dismissal can help you protect yourself from the adverse effects of having your employment wrongfully terminated. The following are some of the common reasons why an employment contract is wrongfully terminated. By successfully arguing that you were a victim of one of the following, you may be able to gain damages.


All employees have the right to be protected from discrimination in the workplace. If you were fired soon after your employer learned about your disability, religion or sexual orientation, for example, this could be a clear sign that you were a victim of wrongful termination due to retaliation.

Breach of contract

You should always read through your employment contract after being fired. If you were not an at-will employee, it's possible that your employee breached the employment contract by choosing to fire you.


A person cannot be fired because they made a complaint internally or to a governmental agency. Additionally, a person cannot be fired because they were a victim of sexual harassment and refused to comply with the treatment.

If you believe that you are a victim of wrongful termination in California, taking action could lead to you being able to successfully gain compensation for lost wages and other damages.

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