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    February 05, 2019
     Feb 4 2019 -  DisciplineTermination -  HRWatchdog


    We would like to terminate an employee who has a bad attitude that rubs off on other employees. However, we haven’t given him any warning. Is it safe to let him go?

    Although California is at “at-will” state, meaning employment may be terminated by either the employer or employee on notice to the other, that doesn’t make an employer bulletproof when relying on its at-will status.

    At-Will Limits

    First, at-will can be negated in a number of ways, including, but not limited to, contracts to terminate only for cause, promises of progressive discipline, and promises that “you will always have a job if you do good work.”

    But even absent the circumstances noted above, an employer can’t terminate an employee based on his/her status in a protected category, such as age, physical disability, race, etc.

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