What's An Example Of A Successful Wrongful Termination Case In California?

Updated: May 22

Couple in California Sues Investors, Owners, And Property Managers—And Won

There are countless stories of the California Jury awarding compensation to wrongfully terminated employees. One of these wrongful termination cases is of husband and wife Albert and Stephanie Garcia vs Gresham Apartment Investors, owners of a Canoga Park, and their property managers. The husband and wife plaintiffs file claims of discrimination and wrongful termination.

What had happened was that Mr Garcia requested time off and accommodations upon getting diagnosed with thyroid cancer. However, he was fired upon making the request. The couple also alleged that they had no choice but to leave their rent-free apartment, which was part of their compensation.

In the end, the jury sided with the couple, leading to a total verdict of $7,633,650. Albert Garcia was awarded $2.35 million for lost wages and emotional distress and $4 million in punitive damages. Stephanie Garcia received $30,725 in compensatory damages and $1.25 million in punitive damages.

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When Can You File Claims For Wrongful Termination In California?

Wrongful termination is when you've been fired for illegal reasons. The basis of these is from both federal and state laws. Here are some Examples of Wrongful Termination in California:

Discrimination-Motivated Wrongful Termination

Wrongful termination in California occurs when an employer terminates an employee's job for discriminating or illegal grounds.