Most workers in California and Texas are “at-will” employees, meaning they can quit or be fired without notice, for any legal and non-discriminatory reason. Unless an employee has an Employment Contract or Collective Bargaining Agreement with the employer, employment is at-will. If an at-will employee is fired for reasons identified as illegal under state or federal law, s/he can pursue a legal claim for wrongful termination. Federal law and Texas law prohibit termination of at-will employment motivated by discrimination, or for one of a few additional reasons. California law prohibits discriminatory firings plus a significant number of additional reasons unique to California law. If you are concerned that termination of an at-will employment position is potentially illegal, contact Attorney Janovsky for a consultation.
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