No, not likely. Yes there is. In California, the statute of limitations generally applicable to workers compensation claims is one year.
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In California, the statute of limitation for wrongful termination in violation of public policy is two years. The statute of limitation for filing a claim of disability discrimination with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing is one year. The statute of limitation for filing a workers' compensation claim is one year, but there are earlier reporting deadlines.
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Laying you off is not a valid reason to sue your employer. Discrimination for having a disability may be, but 4 years of delay probably exceeds the statute of limitations for all known remedies.
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I cannot think of any cause of action or legal theory that would permit a lawsuit for wrongful termination filed four years after termination to proceed. Moreover, it seems questionable as to whether any cause of action for wrongful termination exists in the first place, as employers generally enjoy vast discretion to terminate employees for just about any non-discriminatory reason, regardless of whether the basis is fair or reasonable.
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