The default employment relationship in California is at-will, which means either party can terminated employment for any reason, at any time, or for no reason, with or without advance notice. However, an employer's traditional broad authority to discharge an at-will employee may be limited by statute or by considerations of public policy. Thus, an employer may not discharge an employee for unlawful reasons, even if there is an at-will employment relationship. Common unlawful reasons for termination are those related to the “protected categories” or whistleblower activities.
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