Under what conditions can my boss let discharge me?

My boss texted me that he wasn’t happy with my performance and that he wants to look for any little reason to write me up to fire me. However, when I asked what I did wrong he said that he didn’t want to discuss it. So now he’s looking for any small thing to write me up.

Asked on September 20, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, California


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Do you have a union agreement or employment contract? If not, then you re an "at will" worker which means that you can be terminated for any reason or no reason at all, with or without notice. The fact is that a company has the right to set the conditions of the workplace much as it sees fit (absent some form of legally actionable discrimination). 

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