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Reasons that may or may not support termination

In California, it is common for employment of a person by a company to be considered at-will. This generally means that an employee is not required to remain working for the company if the employee wishes to leave. On the other side of the coin, the company may be allowed to terminate the person's employment for any reason at any time. This, however, does not mean that all terminations are lawful.

Understanding the reasons that a person may or may not legally be able to be fired for can be complex. As explained by Forbes, a manager or company might not have grounds to terminate a person simply because they have a challenging nature and may be prone to asking a lot of questions or offering new ideas for how to get things done. Even a single mistake may not be sufficient to justify firing someone if the mistake was truly honest and the person learned from the experience and does not repeat the action.

According to Career Addict, a company may well have the right to fire an employee who expressly violates a documented company policy or an employee who has been found to discriminate against or harass another person.

Missing days at work can be a sensitive area when it comes to discussions related to termination. Companies do need employees to attend work to do their jobs but employees may have health problems or other situations that prevent them from being on the job at all times. Some of these situations may not support the employee being fired.




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