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Termination for Being in a Protected Class

At Hall Law Group, we are dedicated to protecting the rights of employees who have been wrongfully terminated due to their membership in a protected class. California law provides strong protections against discrimination and wrongful termination, ensuring that all employees can work in an environment free from bias and unlawful treatment. Our goal is to help you understand your rights and provide the support you need if your employer violates these rights.

What is Wrongful Termination?

Wrongful termination occurs when an employee is fired or laid off for illegal reasons, such as discrimination, retaliation, or violation of public policy. In California, employees are protected against wrongful termination under various state and federal laws, including the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Protected Classes Under California Law

California law recognizes several protected classes. It is illegal for employers to terminate employees based on their membership in any of these classes, which include:

  • Race and Color: Discrimination based on race or skin color.

  • National Origin: Discrimination based on nationality, ancestry, or ethnic background.

  • Sex and Gender: Discrimination based on gender, gender identity, or gender expression.

  • Sexual Orientation: Discrimination based on sexual orientation.

  • Age: Discrimination against employees 40 years of age or older.

  • Disability: Discrimination against individuals with physical or mental disabilities.

  • Religion: Discrimination based on religious beliefs or practices.

  • Pregnancy: Discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions.

  • Marital Status: Discrimination based on marital status.

  • Medical Condition: Discrimination based on known medical conditions, including genetic information.

  • Military or Veteran Status: Discrimination against veterans or active military service members.

Rights and Protections Against Wrongful Termination

As an employee in California, you have several critical rights and protections against wrongful termination:


Employers cannot terminate you based on your membership in a protected class. This includes direct discrimination as well as policies or practices that disproportionately impact protected groups.

Retaliation Protection

Employers are prohibited from retaliating against you for asserting your rights or participating in protected activities, such as filing a complaint or participating in an investigation.

Equal Treatment

You have the right to be treated equally in all aspects of employment, including hiring, promotions, job assignments, and termination.

Reasonable Accommodation

Employers are required to provide reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities or religious practices, unless it causes undue hardship.

What to Do If You Experience Wrongful Termination

If you believe you have been wrongfully terminated due to your membership in a protected class, there are several steps you can take to protect your rights and seek redress:

Document Everything

Keep detailed records of any discriminatory actions, comments, or behaviors. Collect evidence such as emails, text messages, performance reviews, and witness statements.

File a Complaint with Your Employer

Report the wrongful termination to your employer's human resources department or follow the company's internal grievance procedures. This step is very important for establishing a wrongful termination lawsuit.

File a Complaint with the CRD

The California Civil Rights Department (CRD) handles complaints of discrimination and wrongful termination. You must file a complaint with the CRD before you can pursue a lawsuit.

Seek Legal Advice

Consult with an experienced employment and labor law attorney (like us) to evaluate your case and determine the best course of action.

How We Can Help

Our experienced employment and labor law attorneys are dedicated to advocating for employees' rights and providing comprehensive legal support. We understand the complexities of wrongful termination cases and the significant impact that wrongful termination can have on your career and personal life. We are here to provide the support and legal expertise you need.

We offer a comprehensive range of services to support employees facing wrongful termination, including:

Case Evaluation

Conducting a thorough assessment of your situation to determine the best legal strategy.

Legal Representation

Representing you in negotiations, administrative proceedings, and court if necessary.


Advocating for fair treatment and compliance with anti-discrimination laws in your workplace.

Legal Remedies for Wrongful Termination

If your wrongful termination case is successful, you may be entitled to various legal remedies, including:

  • Reinstatement: Getting your job back if feasible.

  • Back Pay: Compensation for lost wages and benefits from the time of termination to the resolution of your case.

  • Front Pay: Compensation for lost wages and benefits from the resolution of your case until you find comparable employment.

  • Compensatory Damages: Compensation for emotional distress, pain and suffering, and other non-economic damages.

  • Punitive Damages: Additional damages intended to punish the employer for particularly egregious conduct.

  • Attorney’s Fees and Costs: Reimbursement for legal expenses incurred in pursuing your case.

Contact Us

If you believe you have been wrongfully terminated due to your membership in a protected class, we are here to help. Contact our firm today for a free consultation to discuss your case and explore your legal options. Together, we can fight for your rights and ensure that you receive the justice and fair treatment you deserve.

Wrongful termination is a serious violation of your rights. Let us stand with you in your pursuit of justice and ensure that your rights are fully protected.

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