Wrongful Termination?

I was recently terminated from a very large California corporation and have been advised that it was wrongful termination. It was an at-will contract, but I feel that my boss (an exec.) retaliated after finding out that I had gone to HR on behalf of myself and my collegues/direct reports regarding her incredibly poor management skills. She put me on an aggressive performance plan and terminated me on my final day, despite inaccurate information. I have months of documentation/dates/statements, but don't know if I have a case. Please advise.

1 answer  |  asked Jun 24, 2002 11:34 PM [EST]  |  applies to California

Answers (1)

Janet M. Koehn
this kind of retaliation is not "illegal"

unless your termination was in retaliation for reports of illegal conduct or on account of a protected characteristic, such as your gender, age, sexual orientation, etc., you do not have a claim of "wrongful termination" in tort. you may have a violation of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing, for which (if you recover) you can get only contract damages. it is unlikely your claim is large enough in contract to justify a lawsuit.
reporting your boss's "incredibly poor management skills" is not conduct protected by the law. however, you should have your situation reviewed in person by an attorney experienced in employment law.
good luck
janet koehn

posted by Janet M. Koehn  |  Jun 25, 2002 08:35 AM [EST]

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