There are many ways in which California employees are protected from discriminatory practices. Many of the legal protections in place cover instances in which the employee has intentionally been discriminated against. For example, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it illegal for an employer or employee to intentionally discriminate against an employee because of a specific characteristic, such as their race or gender.
If you have been fired unexpectedly in the state of California, it is likely that you will be feeling embarrassed, disheartened or even angry. Many negative emotions can come with a firing, whether the firing was legitimate or not. However, if you have a strong feeling that your firing was unfair, you might want to consider whether your employment termination was wrongful in the eyes of the law.
Under California law, employees are entitled to report wrongdoings in the workplace without fear of retribution from their employer.