Wrongful Termination

The term “wrongful termination” has a specific legal meaning under California law and is generally associated with the tort claim “wrongful termination in violation of public policy (or wtvpp)”. Essentially, a claim for wtvpp arises if the employee’s termination implicates a fundamental public policy that is found in one or more statutes, regulations or constitutional provisions. Some examples of a claim for wrongful termination in violation of public policy are where (1) an employee is terminated due to gender, (2) an employee is terminated due to pregnancy, (3) an employee is terminated for complaining about activity that constitutes a crime, (4) an employee is terminated for complaining about his company’s violation of air safety regulations, and (5) an employee is terminated for refusing to sign a non-compete agreement that violates California Business & Professions Code Section 16600.