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If you were on your employer's payroll, even as a temporary employee, then you are eligible for unemployment insurance unless a "disqualification" applies. There are three basic disqualifications from unemployment insurance eligibility: (1) the employee quits without good cause; (2) the employee is fired for misconduct connected with his or her work; or (3) the employee commits fraud in the application for unemployment insurance benefits. "Misconduct" is defined by the statute to include conduct such as theft from the employer, gross neglect of duty or absenteeism due to use of intoxicants on the job, or battering another employee. An employee who is fired for making credible threats of or engaging in workplace violence would probably not get unemployment insurance benefits. If none of these disqualifications apply to you, then you are eligible for unemployment. Please click ACCEPT so I know you got my answer and so I can get credit for helping you. We can continue our conversation after this at no additional charge. Thanks!
CA is an at-will state. That means, an employee can be terminated at any time for any reason. Additionally, your employer has the right to determine who he hires and who he doesn't, as long as he is not discriminating against you due to reasons such as your sex, age, race or religion, etc. Unless you feel he did not hire/promote you for one of those reasons, I am afraid there is nothing you can do legally. Please let me know if you have any additional questions and I will be happy to answer them. Thanks.