My boss is being fired by the Board of Directors at a non-profit for no specified reason. Her contract in annual and they are not renewing her contract. It is an at-will contract in California.There is an incident in which the principal filed a police report for assault against the husband of the president of the board. There is written testimony from another board member that says the president of the board intended to fire my boss to retaliate for this action. Should this be reported to the California Labor Board? I understand it's difficult to sue for unlawful termination especially with an at-will contract.I am interested in this because this is a school, my boss is the principal. As the principal, she writes our employment contracts. The president of the board also does not like me and if the principal goes, the president of the board will hire someone who will fire me as well. It is in the board minutes that she wants me fired (no reason given) and she directed the principal to do so. The principal would not comply. It was in the board minutes to note that my boss was disobeying a directive from her.
Hello,If they had tried to terminate her during her contract for filing the report, it would give her a Cause of Action for retaliation. But if they are simply not renewing her contract that wouldn't be considered unlawful. When an employment contract for a set term expires, that employment agreement simply terminates unless the employer decides to offer a renewal. Since CA is an at will state, they can choose to renew or not for any or no reason at all. If she challenged it, the board would simply say that although the president may have been wrong to make the statements, they just decided to go in a different direction with the principal position..So while a complaint could be filed, it is likely that it would be closed with no action taken since they have not attempted to terminate at any time and are just not renewing..We all know what is really going on, but proving it would be would be very near impossible if the board sticks together and "circles their wagons" with a consistent story..
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