Hiring / Termination / Job Loss

Most employees in California are “at-will,” meaning that they can be suspended or fired at any time for any legal reason. There are exceptions, however, including union workers who have a contract that prohibits firing a worker unless the employer has a good reason. Also, certain laws protect workers from being fired or refused a job because of their race or sex or other types of illegal discrimination, or for “whistle blowing”—reporting an employer’s illegal conduct to a government agency.

Check these fact sheets and resources for information about your rights and steps you can take to protect them. If you need further information or assistance, contact the Workers’ Rights Clinic.