On these facts there really is nothing you can do. Under California law an employee is "at will". This means that an employee can generally be terminated for any legitimate reason or no reason at all. The only way around this is to show that you are a member of a legally protected class and that the termination was based on your status as a member of that class. Protected classes include race, religion, sex, age, etc.
Aside from providing no facts which indicate any type of discriminatory or retaliatory animus, it appears that your conduct alone would support Fry's decision to terminate your employment. You were involved in some semi-physical altercation with another employee. As I'm sure you can understand, employers work very hard to keep employees safe. Violence in the work place is not generally tolerated. In some cases employers can even be held liable for allowing employees with known violent propensities to continue working if that employee injures another employee. Even though you were not the first aggressor you still threw a power strip towards the other employee. Fry's is justified in terminating you for such conduct. The fact that the other employee was a poor worker is irrelevant.
Finally, the statute of limitation (the time you have to file a case) has run on most, if not all, of your claims. This means that you have waited to long to bring legal action. In California you only have 1 year to file a complaint for discrimination with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing. You have either 180 days or 300 days, depending on the case, to file with the EEOC. Claims for wrongful termination in violation of public policy are time barred as well because the statute of limitations on such claims is only 2 years. Finally a claim for assault in battery also must be pursued civilly within 2 years.
Next time you suspect you have encountered discrimination or wrongful termination, be sure to contact an attorney immediately to avoid losing a potentially viable case. Good Luck!
Unfortunately the law does not allow people to sit on their rights for very long while memories fade and witnesses scatter to the wind. That is why there is a statute of limitations on every kind of claim that can be made in a court of law.
Just think about how hard it would be now to find all of the possible witnesses, and then to get them to remember with any precision what happened. Six or seven years is just too long to wait.
That is why the statute of limitations applies whether or not you have an outstanding excuse for not bringing your claim earlier.
If it helps, I do not see unlawful conduct having occurred that you could have sued about. It is fully lawful for an employer to terminate an employee involved in an altercation in the workplace, regardless of who was at fault or who started it. And unfortunately, "favoritism' is not unlawful in the workplace. Unlawful discrimination is, favoritism is not. Every business has people who become a bosses' favorite, but that does not translate into unlawful discrimination.
I wish you the best of luck.
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Not likely. You are entitled to your opinion, however, and should seek a consultation with experienced labor attorneys if you think otherwise. Good luck.
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