Can a California employer terminate an employee without a written notice? Employment attorney Lauren Abrams answers this question in the following video.



Yes, you can get fired without a written warning as long as you aren’t being targeted. If everybody else was terminated with a warning, and you were terminated without one, and last week you filed a complaint of discrimination, or last week, you just returned from your maternity leave, or something like that, then no, you cannot be terminated without a written warning.

So it does depend on your employer to of course could do whatever they want. They can fire people however they want to. But if they’re targeting you for a specific reason in retaliation for having reported an illegal act, or taking disability leave, or something like that, or being in a protected class, no, they cannot terminate you without a written warning.