Laws in California are put into place to protect both the employee and the employer. If an employer chooses to fire a person, they must have a valid reason for the terminal. If the employee feels they were fired due to workplace discrimination or another illegal factor, they may choose to file a wrongful termination suit against the former employer. At times, these cases may be filed against a county or city that laid off an employee for what may on the surface seem like a valid reason.
A female attorney who was hired by the SFPD to handle internal affairs cases feels she was laid off as a result of a personal vendetta by the new Chief of Police, and has filed a lawsuit to reinstate her position and obtain money for her lost wages and emotional distress.