Can you be fired for no reason?

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Can you be fired for no reason?

Hi I worked as a hostess in a bar in San Francisco for 2 and a half months. I
was really good and everyone loved working with me. Today my employer told
me out of the blue that she wanted to ‘terminate our relationship’ because I
was overqualified for the job and wasn’t going to make a career out of it. She
said I was still on my probation the probation was never mentioned when I
started nor did I sign any legal papers or was given an employee handbook.
It came as a shock obviously because she had no reason to do it. And when I
asked her out of curiosity whether I did something wrong she said no and
that was just her executive decision. I was just wondering if that is legal to do
it. Thanks

Asked on February 22, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, California

Answers:

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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

In an "at will" employment arrangement, a worker can be fired for any reason or no reason at all, with or without notice. So unless you are afforded protection against such termination under the terms of any applicable collective bargaining agreement/employment contract or your treatment constitutes some form of actionable discrimination, you have no claim here. Your employer's actions were legal.


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