In order to bring a wrongful termination action, you must connect the employer's adverse actions to (1) discrimination based on race, color, nationality, religion, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, age or disability; or (2) violation of a well-established public policy (e.g., report of employer's criminal activity to law enforcement, attending jury duty, filing a workers compensation, wage claim, or OSHA complaint, etc.).
There is a separate possible claim for breach of contract, which occurs where an employer sets a written disciplinary policy, and then fails to follow that policy with respect to an employee. However, this is not a wrongful termination action, because the employer retains the right to fire the employee -- and the employee has the right to recover lost wages from the time of firing until the employee finds new employment.
Other than what I've described above, Labor Code 2922 permits the employer to terminate an employee "at will:" at any time, for any reason, or for no reason at all.
Note: Dependent upon what the employer says to others, you could potentially have a claim of defamation of character -- however, the employer would have to clearly say something that is not his "opinion," e.g.:
Defamation: "You have been stealing from the company!"
Not defamation: "I wouldn't be surprised if you were stealing from the company!"
Hope this helps.
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