In California, all employment relationships are “at will.” This means that either an employer or an employee can terminate the relationship at any time with or without cause. There is, however, an important exception: an employer is not allowed to fire an employee if the firing is illegally motivated. Examples of illegal motivations include discrimination based on race, age, sexual orientation and religion. Furthermore, an employer may not fire you as retaliation for complaining about harassment, refusing to enter an unsafe workplace, whistle-blowing, or other reasons. If you think your employer is positioning itself to fire you for an illegal reason, it’s important for you to attempt to work with your employer to solve the problem and to document these attempts. Being in this type of situation can be extremely frustrating and stressful. A lawyer who understands the issues and can help you work toward a resolution is invaluable, so please call me.