Holding Corporations Liable for Wrongful Termination

In California, a corporate employer cannot be liable for punitive damages for wrongful termination unless an officer, director or managing agent:

  • Had advance knowledge of the unfitness of the employee who wrongfully terminated the claimant and employed him/her with a conscious disregard of the rights or safety of others
  • Authorized or ratified the wrongful conduct for which the damages are awarded
  • Was personally guilty of oppression, fraud or malice1
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