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.

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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.

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.

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

You have rights to form a union and collectively act.

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