Good evening and thank you for entrusting me to assist you. It sounds like you are asking whether it is legal to terminate this employee. If that is your question, the answer would typically be "yes."
This is so because employment in the state of CA is "at will" absent an express agreement to the contrary. At will employment can be terminated for any reason not amounting to discrimination on the basis of a legally protected trait (race, religion, gender, etc.) or retaliation for engaging in certain forms of legally protected conduct (filing a wage claim, taking FMLA leave, etc.). It doesn't matter whether the basis for termination is fair, reasonable or even TRUE.
You simply need to notify the employee that they are terminated. Notification should be in writing, and you must pay all of the employee's final earned wages at the time they are let go. Of course, you are also free to implement lesser forms of discipline such as a suspension or paycut, with equal freedom.
I hope that you find this information helpful. Please do not hesitate to let me know if you have any questions or concerns regarding the above and I will be more than happy to assist you further.
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