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Can I terminate an employee for harassment accusations

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can I terminate an employee for sexual harassment accusations without a warning
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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.

Thus, there is nothing illegal about terminating an employee without warning due to sexual harassment allegations. It wouldn't even matter if the allegations later turned out to be false. You just want to make sure to pay the employee all of their final earned wages, along with any accrued vacation and PTO, immediately upon separation of employment.

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