Yuba City, CA asked in Employment Law for California

Q: I was terminated a few days after receiving an email from my employer showing his concern that I was going to sue them

Is it legal to fire someone when there is documentation that employer is concerned the employee will sue because of his abusive outburst and name calling? 6+ years with annual raises/bonuses, including a month prior to being fired. I was told ‘It just isn’t working out.’

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Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen
Answered
  • Westminster, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Unfortunately, complaining about a boss being a jerk and bullying an employee is not legally protected conduct, which means it is lawful for the employer to retaliate against the employee for making that complaint. In the absence of legal protection, an employer can terminate an employee for any reason or even no reason at all.

Good luck to you.

Brad S Kane agrees with this answer

Brad S Kane
Brad S Kane
Answered
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Being a bad boss is not illegal. However, you may have legal protection if the name calling and outburst was motivated by your membership in or association with a protected class such as race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, military service, pregnancy, disability, etc. or opposing illegal conduct.

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