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Wrongful termination: when it hits you, you can be left scrambling to figure out what to do next. Los Angeles wrongful termination lawyers can help you determine whether you have a case after you have faced wrongful termination, including discriminatory or retaliatory termination, and they can help you decide on your next steps.

At Malk Law Firm, we care about our clients’ employee rights. We will protect your rights when your employer fails to do so.

If you believe you’ve been wrongfully terminated, contact a wrongful termination attorney from Malk Law Firm. Schedule your free case review today.



At-will employment means that an employer has the right to fire an employee at any time for any reason that is not illegal. However, while California has at-will employment laws, employees still cannot be terminated due to discrimination or in retaliation for reporting discrimination or illegal behavior. This means you can seek justice for being wrongfully terminated by your employer.



Sadly, discrimination in the workplace can be common. Discrimination can even result in the termination of strong and dedicated employees. 

Discriminatory termination may include termination on the basis of:

  • Race
  • Religion
  • Gender
  • Orientation
  • Age
  • Disability
  • Pregnancy/parenthood
  • Military Status

An employer cannot fire an employee for any of these reasons. However, due to at-will employment laws, an employer can terminate an employee for other reasons which are not illegal. In some situations, employers will try to cover the discriminatory termination by claiming that the employee committed an act that justifies the termination. An employment law attorney can help identify and assist with wrongful termination claims. 



Retaliatory termination includes any termination of an employee in response to 1) an employee’s complaint of perceived illegal conduct or 2) an employee exercising their right under California law. Some employers, for example, do not like it when an employee takes protected medical leave and may attempt to terminate the employee’s relationship with the company, even though the employee is entitled to the leave. 

In other wrongful termination cases, the employee may take specific actions, such as complaining about wage and hour violations or sexual harassment. For filing a complaint, they may end up out of a job. 

California laws protect employees against retaliatory firing, and an experienced lawyer can help you use these laws to fight against your employer.


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Are you wondering if you have suffered wrongful termination? Consider these scenarios:

  • You do an excellent job in your position and have a strong standing in the industry. However, one day, your status as a member of the LGBT+ community comes out. A few days later, your boss fires you.
  • You reported that your co-worker was sexually harassing you. A few days later, the company chose to terminate your employment.
  • You provide a doctor’s note to your employer requesting accommodation for a disability or medical condition, and rather than accommodate you, your employer terminates you.
  • As a Seventh Day Adventist, you do not work on the Sabbath from Friday night to Saturday night. A supervisor decides that you should be fired rather than be allowed to schedule around your religious observance.
  • You reported your company to OSHA for failing to take adequate safety precautions. Due to this, OSHA came in and issued fines. When your company discovered that you blew the whistle, they fired you.

These are just a few examples of wrongful termination. It is not an exhaustive list. Several other scenarios could be classified as wrongful termination. If you’re still unsure whether or not you have a claim, consult with employment lawyers.

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If you suffered wrongful termination, you might need an attorney to help seek the compensation you deserve from your former employer. An attorney can determine whether you have faced wrongful termination, collect or investigate the evidence, and build a wrongful termination claim against your former employer. A wrongful termination attorney will be your advocate and offer you legal counsel as you navigate employment law. At Malk Law Firm, we are here for you.

Contact our wrongful termination lawyers to schedule a free consultation.


There are no federal laws that require employers to give severance packages. You can ask your employer or review the company handbook to see if they provide severance. Contact an attorney if the company states that it provides severance packages, and you didn’t receive one upon being let go. They can help you obtain the severance package you deserve.

If you are an at-will employee, you can be fired for any reason, and your employer doesn’t have to tell you why. In most cases of discriminatory termination, the claimant observes discriminatory actions leading up to their termination. If this happens to you, then it’s possible that you were fired due to discrimination – not for doing something wrong or not performing well.

If you believe you were wrongfully terminated, don’t underestimate your intuition and do nothing. Instead, document anything that could be used as evidence and contact a wrongful termination attorney. During your consultation, the attorney should tell you whether or not they think you have a case.



After experiencing any harassment or discrimination in the workplace, it’s difficult to know where to turn or who you can trust.

At the Malk Law Firm, we have successfully represented employees against large and small companies (all over California and Washington) in various labor and wrongful termination lawsuits, such as:

Trust our team to fight for your rights in the workplace. Our Los Angeles, CA, employee rights lawyer is available for a consultation to discuss your options. Please reach out today to tell us about your wrongful termination case.

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