Written by attorney Stephen R Jaffe

I work in California and I lost my job by being fired, terminated or laid off; what are my rights?

California is an "at will employment" state. That means for the same reason you have the right to quit your job at any time for any reason (we fought the Civil War for that right), your employer has the right to terminate your employment at any time for any reason. Sounds very harsh and unfair, doesn't it? It probably is. But there are three major exceptions to the "at will" employment rule which may give rights to individuals such as yourself.

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In any event, if you have lost your job and wish to know your rights, you should contact a lawyer as soon as possible. Many laws have strict deadlines by which you must take action, so the passage of time is not your friend. Of course, it is impossible to give advice about any particular person's situation or rights without knowing the underlying facts of your specific matter.

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