After working for a well known upscale restaurant chain for 2 years I have been suspended indefinitely and most likely will be terminated after providing a shot glass to a 26 year old women without asking for ID. I didn’t do anything illegal. Does this constitute wrongful termination?
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California is an at-will state, meaning that an employer may terminate an employee at any time and for any non-discriminatory reason.
When we say “discriminatory” we are referring to things such as firing you for your race, gender or on the basis of a disability. From the sound of it, you were not terminated for any discriminatory purpose, but rather for an internal policy which required you to request identification before serving alcohol.
On the face of it, this policy sounds extremely legitimate because it serves an important objective: Avoiding serving alcohol to under-age patrons. Now, if you were a contract employee then this takes you out of the at-will environment and requires the employer to provide the basis for firing.
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