What is “at-will” employment?

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What is “at-will” employment?

Most California employees are considered “at-will,” which means that the employee can quit the job at any time for any reason, and likewise the employer can terminate the employee at any time for any reason. A termination based on excessive tardiness, misconduct, or even if the employer simply doesn’t like the employee are all lawful. The law only prohibits terminations based on certain protected reasons, such as your protected category (e.g., age, race, gender, etc.) or engaging in protected activity (e.g., reporting unlawful activity, requesting medical leave or reasonable accommodations, reporting discrimination or harassment, etc.).

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