Under California law, wrongful termination has a specific legal definition. It does not mean that the termination was wrong, or unfair. It means that the termination violated specific public policies contained in statutes, regulations or constitutional provisions. For example, it is unlawful for an employer to fire an employee for reporting ("whistle-blowing") what he/she reasonably believes to be unlawful conduct. It is also unlawful for an employer to fire an employee due to gender, pregnancy, age, race, disability, taking of a medical leave, requesting a reasonable accommodation for a disability, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or because the employee engaged in whistleblowing by complaining about or otherwise opposing certain specified unlawful, fraudulent or unethical conduct.
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