Feb 4 2019 - Discipline, Termination - 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.
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.