When You Cannot Terminate

California’s at-will employment presumption has been significantly diminished by legislation and by state and federal court decisions. Specific statutes limit your right to terminate an employee, and courts have expanded the concept of wrongful termination violating public policy.

​Although your policies and employee handbook may recite the at-will presumption and your employees may sign written acknowledgments of their understanding of that term, proper handling of terminations is your best defense against lawsuits.