In California, you are considered an “at will” employee, meaning that you can be terminated for any reason at all, or for that matter, no reason at all. However, you still have certain protections against wrongful termination.
Unlawful actions center around terminations that violate public policy. What exactly are those public policy issues?
You cannot be terminated legally for refusing to violate a law. If an employer tells you to do something that is illegal and you refuse, you cannot be fired for that reason.
You cannot be terminated for doing a task that you are legally obligated to do. In the course of your work, if you are required to follow a certain law, you may not be legally terminated for obeying that law.
You cannot be terminated for exercising a constitutional right. Examples of this may include engaging in free speech, exercising your right to a political affiliation and many others.
An employer cannot terminate an employee for a number of other reasons as well. Those include:
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