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I am sorry to hear about this situation. The answer is yes. There is no mandate to continue to employ an employee or a contractor who falls beneath an employer's expectations. In fact, the employer does not OWE an explanation as to why the person is being terminated. The only time an employer cannot do this is if:
PUBLIC POLICY (unlawful discrimination based on gender, race, religion, etc), or
CONTRACT (meaning the employment/contractual relationship is governed by a contract that specifically limits the termination to certain occurrences/reasons).
Assuming neither of the above is true, a company can indeed terminate the individual. Really, for any reason with the exceptions above in mind. NOTE that if there is a contract, the verbiage about terminations may be a little ambiguous sometimes. Let me know if this is the case.
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