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California teachers proceed with wrongful termination lawsuit

Understanding the proper reasons for the termination of employment can be difficult to comprehend. The California laws that surround the wrongful termination of an employee can take on different meanings depending on the terms of an employment contract. However, if there are grounds to question the termination of employment, a suit may be filed to seek damages for the employer's wrongful act.

Two teachers who were fired from a private religious school have filed an action in state court after their employment was terminated by the school. The teachers claim that their termination was due to them refusing to sign an employment contract that required them to provide proof of their religious beliefs. The school initially filed a suit against the teachers prior to the teachers filing suit, but the school's suit was dismissed.

The judge in his order dismissing the case also required the school's attorney to pay the teacher's attorneys' fees. The judge stated that this would serve as an appropriate sanction for filing what he determined was a baseless claim. The school has stated that they intend to appeal the judge's order.

If an individual is fired without just cause, they may have a basis to look into the filing of a wrongful termination suit. However, before such action is taken, thorough research into the employer and employee's rights may need to be undertaken. This research could include analyzing an employment contract and the company's policies and procedures, which could spell out when employment termination is justified and when it violates California law.

Source:, "Teachers sue school in state court," Anna Bitong, June 20, 2013

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