Wrongful Termination occurs when an employee is terminated or “laid-off,” for a wrongful reason. While many workers may believe they have been terminated “wrongfully,” the termination must be legally wrongful. This means the termination must be based on a protected classification, such as race, gender, or sexual-orientation. Wrongful termination can also occur when someone is terminated after refusing to submit to unlawful demands, such as refusal to submit to sexual harassment. There are many protected categories under California state law.